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WIVB News Director Out

wivb_304Joe Schlaerth, news director for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB no longer works at the station, Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament reports.

The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.

His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more

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Bryan Shaw Makes Quick Exit from WIVB

shaw640_20120712145530_640_480Bryan Shaw, meteorologist for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB abruptly left the station, according to Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament.

“I just wanted to let you all know that today was my last day at Ch. 4,” Shaw posted on his facebook page. “It has been a pleasure. I really have enjoyed my time here and appreciate all of you.”

Shaw started at WIVB in June 2011. Before coming to Buffalo he worked at WOWK in Huntington, WV, and WOAY in Beckley, WV.

TVSpy asked WIVB for comment, but has not heard back.

Diana Fairbanks Leaving WIVB

fairbanks wivbWIVB anchor Diana Fairbanks is leaving the Buffalo CBS affiliate to follow her husband to Michigan.

Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News first reported WIVB news director Joe Schlaerth told staffers about the move.

GM Rene LaSpina said Fairbanks wasn’t leaving for another station but to follow her husband who got a job in Traverse City, MI. Fairbanks was an anchor and reporter at WPBN in Traverse City before coming to Buffalo.

Fairbanks started at WIVB in January 2012 and has also worked at KRTV in Great Falls, MT.

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]

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.

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