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Sportscaster Steve Vesey Joins WIVB From WETM

Steve Vesey is joining the sports team at WIVB, the CBS-affiliate in Buffalo. He joins the station from WETM, the NBC-affiliate in Elmira, NY.

WIVB’s has lost both of their sportscasters this year. Sports anchor Paul Peck left the station, and the television business entirely, in March. Sports director John Murphy is leaving next month, reportedly to take a multimedia job with the Buffalo Bills.

“It was an unusual situation,” WIVB news director Joseph Schlaerth told the Buffalo News. “I don’t have an exit date for Murph . . . but we expect that he will be spending time with Steve to help ease the transition.” Read more

10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were given to a small-market and large-market station in five categories — breaking news coverage, documentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting and public service in television journalism.

Large market winners were WISH in Indianapolis, KLAS in Las Vegas, News 12 Westchester, KPHO in Phoenix and WIVB in Buffalo. Small market station winners were WGXA in Macon, GA, KOMU in Columbia, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, WVUE in New Orleans and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

A full list of local news winners is after the jump. Read more

Is Local Sports Coverage Going Extinct?

The Buffalo News takes a look at the diminishing amount of sports coverage on local stations following the departure of sports anchor Paul Peck from WIVB. Peck’s exit was reportedly tied to “devalued sports coverage” at the CBS-affiliate, a trend that has cropped up as viewers increasingly get sports news elsewhere:

The trend reflects the ease with which sports fans now find scores and more elsewhere. They are watching games on their phones and online, and don’t have to wait until 11 p.m. for results, according to a communications instructor at Buffalo State College.

“There are more sources for sports information — a big source is ESPN,” said William Raffel, associate professor.  “There’s this idea if people are interested in sports, there’s a network that offers it 24 hours a day.  Read more

Veteran Sports Anchor Paul Peck Leaving WIVB

After 24 years at Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB, sports anchor Paul Peck has announced his departure from the station.

The news was first reported by Buffalo media reporter Alan Pergament, who writes that Peck’s exit is tied “devalued sports coverage” at WIVB. He has accepted a job at AXA Advisors.

“It’s been my life for a long time,” Peck told Pergament. “I’m taking this leap of faith in this new job. I’m excited. I gave it a lot of thought. It is definitely the right time and it’s a wonderful opportunity to pursue.”

Peck has been a sports anchor at WIVB since 1988. The station has not named a replacement.

Emily Guggenmos, Lou Raguse Join Buffalo’s WIVB

There are two new hires at Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB: Lou Raguse and Emily Guggenmos (pictured).

Raguse joins the station from KMSB in Tucson, where news operations were shut down earlier this month. Guggenmos also joins WIVB from Tucson, where she was the weekend co-anchor at KVOA.

The pair met while working in Sioux Falls — Guggenmos at KDLT and Raguse at KELO. They were married in 2010.

“Emily and Lou are both strong journalists who will fit in perfectly with our winning team here,” news director Joseph Schlaerth tells TVSpy via email.

In Buffalo, WIVB Gets a $2.5M Makeover

Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB unveiled a new look, the result of a $2.5 million makeover, on the 5 p.m. newscast yesterday.

The station’s upgrade — which took six weeks to complete  — includes high definition broadcasts, an expanded news set, and an “enhanced ‘Warn 4 Weather’ corner,” according to the Buffalo News.

WIVB is the last of the Buffalo stations to make the HD switch. A large part of the new studio is the weather corner (pictured), which is designed to accommodate the station’s entire weather staff at once. Read more

Anchor Diana Fairbanks Joining WIVB In Buffalo

WPBN-WTOM anchor Diana Fairbanks is joining Buffalo’s WIVB-WNLO on January 16.

Fairbanks, who tells TVSpy she is “excited about the opportunity,” says she will anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WIVB and the 10 p.m. newscast on WNLO on weekdays. Her last day at WPBN-WTOM, the NBC-affiliate in Traverse City, MI, is Friday.

In a statement on the station’s website, WPBN-WTOM president Jill Sareela called Fairbanks an “integral part” of the station for the past 11 years, adding WPBN-WTOM was “fortunate to have her for that long.”

The news comes one day after WIVB anchor Melissa Holmes, who anchored the morning newscast on WLNO, announced that she was leaving the station for rival WGRZ.

Melissa Holmes Leaving WIVB But Staying in Her Hometown

Melissa Holmes is leaving WIVB to join market rival WGRZ.

“This new year is certainly bringing a new beginning for me,” Holmes wrote on her Facebook wall this afternoon.  “After six years at News 4, I’m officially announcing my final day on the air will be Friday. I’m sad to leave my incredible co-workers, and am grateful WIVB gave me the opportunity to work in my hometown!”

Holmes was coy about her next move on Facebook, saying only “I’m not leaving Buffalo… ;-) ,” but TVSpy has learned that Holmes is set to join NBC-affiliate WGRZ.  She currently works as an anchor-reporter for CBS-affiliate WIVB.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

WIVB Found Not Guilty in 2003 Defamation Suit

A New York court of appeals has ruled that Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB did not defame a local businessman by misidentifying him in a 2003 news report.

David M. Gordon sued reporter Al Vaughters and Lin TV, the owner of WIVB, for $10 million after the station mistakenly identified him as the president of Builders Capital, a bankrupt investment fund.

Last December, an Erie County judge ruled in favor of the station, according to Courthouse News Service. The appellate division heard the case and affirmed the earlier ruling.

“A limited number of errors in news reporting is inevitable, and the fact that defendants corrected the mistake within the same broadcast demonstrated that they strived for accuracy,” the ruling states.

Working Conditions at Buffalo’s WIVB Are ‘Stressful,’ Station Sources Say

An article in today’s Buffalo News expands on the goings-on at local CBS-affiliate WIVB, where veteran meteorologist Mike Cejka was recently reassigned to a weekend shift after years on the morning newscast. Citing anonymous sources at the station, the News reports Cejka’s new assignment — which has included some reporting duties, such as a voice-over on a feature about the Barbie doll — may indicate what’s coming at the station:

Senior reporter Rich Newberg is also being “pushed” by management to shoot and edit new video, station sources said.

“Over the past year, every one of us has been told to try it,” said one source. “Some of us seem to be asked more than usual, and in the last two months Rich Newberg has been asked repeatedly to take a camera and shoot his own stuff. Occasionally he has been asked to edit his own stuff. Read more

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