“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.
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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
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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
Cejka has been at WIVB since 1983. Pergament reports he was informed of the shift change when the schedule was posted, and was never spoken to by station management about the switch.
WIVB anchors and reporters, including morning anchor Melissa Holmes (above), recorded “It Gets Better” videos this week, following the recent suicide of Buffalo teenager Jamey Rodemeyer. The death of Rodemeyer, a high school freshman who was the target of anti-gay slurs from bullies online and at school for over a year, has gained national attention and become a flashpoint for those seeking greater public acceptance of gay teens, including pop star Lady Gaga.
“If you go home crying from high school everyday, you’re not alone,” Holmes says in her video. “You’re probably looking at me saying, ‘You’re on TV, you have it easy. You’re a TV anchor and reporter, you’ve got it easy.’ Well, I went home from high school crying. I was bullied.” Read more
WKBW — the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY — is cutting 10 jobs after outsourcing station master control operations to an out-of-town company.
The 10 people who will lose their jobs are longtime employees, Buffalo Business First reports. WKBW is the third station in the Buffalo market to transfer master control operations — which include running commercials and paid programming and handling satellite feeds from networks — out of town. The other two are WGRZ, the NBC affiliate, and WIVB, the CBS affiliate.
“With the second one, it became almost impossible to balance everything,” she told Buffalo media reporter Alan Pergament.
McClintick, who has been at the CBS affiliate for nine years, has been working on the evening newscasts in order to spend the day with her 3-year-old daughter and her 15-month-old son. “The night hours were just a little too difficult for the two little ones, and worse on me and everyone else in the household,” she said.
McClintick’s last day will be July 27. She follows in the footsteps of WIVB colleague Lisa Flynn, who left the station last year to spend more time with her family. “I’ve talked to Lisa a lot in the past year,” McClintick said. “She’s kind of known I’ve been thinking about it. She told me, ‘you will not regret it in the least.’”