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Meteorologist Don Paul Re-Signs With WIVB

Chief meteorologist Don Paul has re-signed with WIVB, LIN Media’s CBS affiliate in Buffalo, Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News reports.

“I don’t want to give too many details,” Paul told the News. “I’m pretty pleased. It’s for three years, with their options each year. I found out LIN isn’t doing any no-cut deals. The last deal was three no-cut years. This one doesn’t…. It had a happy ending. In a lot of ways, I’m pretty pleased.”

Paul originally joined WIVB in 1984 and left for rival WGRZ in 1988. He re-joined WIVB in 1991. He appears on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

In Buffalo, a Switch For WGRZ-Produced 10 p.m. Newscast

The 10 p.m. newscast produced by Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ will switch from airing on MyNetworkTV affiliate WNYO to Fox affiliate WUTV next week, according to the Buffalo Daily NewsAlan Pergament. The newscast will also expand to seven days a week:

Effective April 8, [WGRZ]’s 10 p.m. newscast will switch from little-watched WNYO-TV to local Fox affiliate WUTV and it will expand from five nights a week to seven nights a week with the addition of weekend newscasts. Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.

That will mean a few weeks before the start of the May sweeps, [WGRZ]’s newscast on WUTV will be getting stronger lead-ins than [WIVB]’s 10 O’Clock News gets on sister station WNLO from little-watched CW programming here.

Pete Gallivan Leaving WGRZ After 17 Years

After 17 years at WGRZ, Pete Gallivan is leaving the Buffalo NBC affiliate, the Buffalo News reports. The reporter and fill-in anchor has accepted a job in Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s communications department.

“I’m 47,” Gallivan told the News. “I wasn’t looking for an opportunity and they reached out to me. I thought if I was going to try something new, now was the time to do it.”

Gallivan informed the station of his departure on Tuesday. Because his new role is a potential conflict of interest, station management informed him he had to leave the station immediately.

Kelly Dudzik to Join WGRZ in Buffalo

Kelly Dudzik will be leaving Little Rock FOX affiliate KLRT to join Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ.

“Kelly is an anchor and reporter who understands what journalism is about – holding people accountable and being a voice for the voiceless,” WGRZ news director Jeff Woodard told TVSpy. “She brings experience in the field and in the studio that will fit into our team perfectly.”

Dudzik began working for KLRT in 2007.  She previously worked at KFBB In Great Falls, MT.  Before that she was a producer at WXIX in Cincinnati and WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Her first day at WGRZ will be Monday, March 4.

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Melissa Holmes Named Morning Co-Anchor at WGRZ

Melissa Holmes will take over in January as the weekday morning co-anchor at WGRZ, Buffalo’s NBC affiliate.

Holmes, who joined WGRZ at the beginning of this year, has been filling in on the morning newscast since Jodi Johnston signed off in November. She will officially take over as the program’s co-anchor alongside John Beard on January 3.

“Her professionalism, strong journalistic background, and her engaging personality are the perfect match for our talented morning team,” WGRZ news director Jeff Woodard said in announcing the promotion. “She has quickly become a favorite among our fans, and we look forward to her continued growth in this new role.”

Since joining the station, Holmes has been anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast on WGRZ’s sister station, WNYO.

Jodi Johnston Leaving Buffalo’s WGRZ

Jodi Johnston, morning anchor for WGRZ will be leaving the NBC affiliate for the new role of director of corporate media relations for First Niagara Financial Group.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in television and waking up with Western New Yorkers every day,” Johnston said in a statement posted to the station’s website.  “I am fortunate to have been offered an opportunity at an organization that shares my passion for this community.  This is a natural progression of the next phase of my career.”

During Johnson’s twelve years on the morning anchor desk, the Buffalo station climbed to number one in the ratings for that market.

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Buffalo’s WGRZ Adds Jeff Preval, Jonah Javad

There are two new additions at Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ, the Buffalo News reports. Jeff Preval has joined the station as a general assignment reporter and Jonah Javad (pictured) has joined as a sports reporter and anchor.

Preval joins WGRZ from WTAJ in Altoona, Pa., where he was a reporter and multimedia journalist until August. He worked at WTAJ’s State College bureau during the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

Javad has previously worked as a production assistant for ESPN and as a sports reporter and anchor for KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Javad began at WGRZ in August.

WGRZ Airs Photos of Seal While Reporting Michael Clarke Duncan’s Death: ‘Our bad’

Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ has issued an apology after mistakenly airing photos of musician Seal while reporting on the death of Michael Clarke Duncan on Monday evening.

The station reported on Duncan’s death during Monday’s 11 p.m. newscast. During the segment, a short video of Duncan at various red carpet events aired; toward the tail end of the story, the clip switched to still photos, which were all of Seal (pictured here with ex-wife Heidi Klum).

A statement posted on the WGRZ Facebook page reads:

Yep; our bad; we own it. A careless editing error at the end of the Michael Clarke Duncan story in our 11pm news. Two entertainment stories accidentally merged into one video clip. Sincere apologies.

The station also addressed the incident on the evening news yesterday.  Read more

Eric Land Named President-GM at WTLV-WJXX

Eric Land has been named president and general manager of WTLV-WJXX, Gannett Broadcasting’s duopoly in Jacksonville.

Land is a broadcast veteran who has previously served as president-GM of WFLA in Tampa, WIAT in Birmingham and WGRZ in Buffalo.  He is also a former COO of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Walkabout Air Aviation.

“Eric brings a rich and diverse background of innovation and experience to our duopoly in Jacksonville,” Gannett EVP Lynn Beall said in a statement.  “He possesses strong leadership abilities and dynamic business skills that will benefit both WTLV and WJXX. Eric knows how to build brands and has a proven track record of taking major market stations to new levels.” Read more

Autumn Lewandowski Joins WKBW as Fill-In Weathercaster

Weathercaster Autumn Lewandowski will be filling in on Buffalo ABC-affiliate WKBW for the summer, the Buffalo News reports.

Lewandowski most recently worked part-time at rival WGRZ, the NBC-affiliate. She will work at WKBW on a temporary basis beginning Thursday, news director John DiSciullo told the Buffalo News.

“I’m very proud to be Buffalo born and bred, and feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to bring the weather to you on WKBW,” Lewandowski wrote on Facebook.

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