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Mary Beth Wrobel Says Goodbye to WGRZ

mary beth wrobel_304x200Meteorologist Mary Beth Wrobel is signing off from Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ to take a job outside the television industry.

“One week from today, I will be saying farewell to Buffalo. I am going to work in medical device sales for a company near Seattle, Washington,” she wrote on Facebook Monday. “…It’s a bittersweet move, but a step in the right direction, and I will miss WNY and all of you.”

Wrobel has worked at stations in North Carolina, St. Louis and Rochester, as well as WIVB in Buffalo. [h/t The Buffalo News]

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Teresa Weakley Joins WIVB From WKBN

Teresa Weakley is set to join Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as a morning anchor, The Buffalo NewsAlan Pergament reports.

Weakley will co-anchor the morning newscast with Jordan Williams and meteorologist Todd Santos, who joins WIVB from The Weather Channel. Diana Fairbanks, who shifted to mornings in January, will return to the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts, according to Pergament.

Weakley moves to Buffalo from Youngstown, Ohio, where she anchors the evening newscasts at CBS affiliate WKBN.

Meteorologist Todd Santos Set to Join WIVB

Meteorologist Todd Santos is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, according to The Buffalo News Alan Pergament.

Santos will join the station from The Weather Channel, where he has worked as an on-camera meteorologist since 2009. He has previously worked at NBC and MSNBC, as well as WLTX in Columbia, S.C.

Santos fills the spot on the weather team that has been vacant since Amelia Segal joined WRC in Washington, D.C. It has not been officially announced which newscasts he will appear on, though Pergament speculates it could be mornings.

WIVB Adds Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist

WIVB has announced the addition of Rose Ciotta to its investigative unit.

“Rose has a reputation for tenacity, and the natural curiosity that is in the DNA of every great investigative journalist,” WIVB news director Joe Schlaerth said in a statement. ” She understands what is important to Western New Yorkers and will bring those sensibilities to News 4 Investigates.”

The Buffalo CBS affiliate said Ciotta will lead the station’s investigative team “in its multiscreen reporting efforts, which include on-air, interactive features and online special sections.”

Ciotta comes to WIVB from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was part of an investigate team that won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She starts Monday, August 5.

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.

WIVB Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB has expanded its weekend morning newscasts, according to the Buffalo News.

Previously, WIVB’s weekend morning newscast was one hour long, airing at 7 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays. The expanded newscasts, anchored by Nalina Shapiro (pictured) with meteorologist Bryan Shaw, run from 7 to 9 a.m. both days.

“Our viewers asked for more news and ‘4-Warn’ weather coverage on the weekend,” news director Joseph Schlaerth said.

Diana Fairbanks Moving to Mornings at WIVB

Diana Fairbanks is moving into a new role at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB-WNLO. Beginning Monday, Fairbanks will co-anchor the morning newscast, according to Buffalo television blogger Alan Pergament.

Fairbanks has solo anchored the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WIVB and the 10 p.m. newscast on WNLO since joining the station last year. In her new role, she will co-anchor the morning newscast alongside Jordan Williams, who joins the station this week. She will also anchor the noon newscast.

“It is something we’re going to try. I was asked if I would like to give it a shot,” Fairbanks told Pergament.

Fairbanks’ replacement in the evenings not yet been announced, but Pergament notes Dan Postles and Jacquie Walker, who co-anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, may trade off as solo anchors at 5:30 and 10 p.m.

Meteorologist Lindsay Riley Joins KXAS in Dallas

Meteorologist Lindsay Riley has joined KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas.

Previously, Riley has worked at WLEX in Lexington, Ky. and WIVB in Buffalo. She will be the weekend morning meteorologist, as well as reporting on environmental and weather-related stories and features.

“I’m very excited to join the NBC 5 team of meteorologists because I’ve been a true weather enthusiast since I was four years old,” Riley said in a statement. “To work in such a large and dynamic weather region like North Texas is a dream come true!”

Jordan Williams Joining WIVB as Morning Anchor, Investigative Reporter

Jordan Williams is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB as morning anchor and investigative reporter, according to Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament.

Williams will join the station after four years at KRGV in Rio Grande Valley, Tx., where he also anchors the morning show. He will begin in Buffalo in January.

Williams replaces Joe Arena, who departed for Pittsburgh in October. Ed Drantch, who is currently filling in on the morning newscast, will return to his reporting duties, according to Pergament.

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