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Laura Gray Returns to Buffalo’s WKBW

laura grayLaura Gray is returning to Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW after three years working in public relations, The Buffalo News‘ Alan Pergament reports. Gray, who worked at the station for five years before leaving in 2011, will anchor the morning and noon newscasts beginning this fall:

A Pittsburgh native who worked in Erie, Pa. before joining Channel 7, Gray will work with meteorologist Andy Parker, who left Channel 2 “Daybreak” last week to return to Channel 7 on its new morning program.

Earlier this month, Channel 7 let go the morning team of Tiffany Lundberg and Cole Heath after they worked for a year on the low-rated program. The station’s new owner, E.W. Scripps, is attempting to get viewers to give the morning program another look when the revamp starts in mid-September.

“We saw someone with Laura who has a good news presence, is local and is committed to the market,” said Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse said this afternoon.

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Allen Leight Signs Off From WKBW

allen leightAllen Leight‘s last day at WKBW was Friday, The Buffalo News‘ Alan Pergament reports:

News Director Lisa Polster confirmed that he is leaving to join the [Buffalo] Sabres in an unspecified job. Another Channel 7 source said the job is in production. The Sabres haven’t announced his hiring, which I’m told is standard practice for staff hirings in non-visible roles. It probably means Leight won’t be seen on-air in any capacity.

Leight joined the ABC affiliate as a news photographer in 2008. He held a variety of roles during his time at the station, including internet content manager, multimedia journalist and sports anchor/reporter.

Pergament reports the station is planning to replace Leight on the sports team.

It’s Official! Scripps Buying Granite Stations in Buffalo and Detroit

scripps logo_304x200E.W. Scripps has announced it really is buying Buffalo ABC Affiliate WKBW from Granite Broadcasting.

The station group announced it’s buying WKBW along with Detroit MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD for $110 million in cash.

Rumors of the Buffalo sale have been swirling since Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reported Scripps executives had toured the Buffalo station in December.

“These stations in Detroit and Buffalo will contribute strong cash flow to our core business, expand our reach in one of our best markets, and expand our TV footprint in partnership with ABC,” Rich Boehne, Scripps chairman, president and CEO said in a statement. Read more

Scripps Talking to Granite About Buying Two Stations

scripps logo_304x200The E.W. Scripps Company has announced it’s in talks with Granite Broadcasting about the possibility buying two Granite stations.

A Scripps press release said, “No deal has been made with Granite, but Scripps will follow up with another announcement once the outcome is determined.”

In December, TVSpy reported about Scripps executives touring Granite’s Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW. At the time Buffalo Business First said “The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour” while WKBW GM Michael Nurse told TVSpy he had no comment over rumors his station was up for sale.

WKBW News Director Leaving, Assistant Promoted as Replacement

wkbw_logo_304WKBW news director Polly Van Doren is leaving the Buffalo ABC affiliate to be the ND at Sinclair-owned WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, OH.

Van Doren confirmed with TVSpy, assistant news director Lisa Polster has been named as her replacement.

Van Doren was named news director at WKBW in August 2012. She came to the station from KOLR-KOZL in Springfield, MO, where she had been news director for 14 years.

Before coming to WKBW, Polster worked as executive producer WBFF in Baltimore, MD, and WPSD in Paducah, KY.

[The Buffalo News]

WKBW Won’t Comment on Rumor of Possible Sale

wkbw logoMichael Nurse, WKBW station manager, told TVSpy his company had no comment at this this time over rumors the station is up for sale.

Buffalo Business First reported the whispering over the sale of the Granite owned Buffalo ABC station grew louder after reports of a station tour by Scripps executives surfaced recently but warned, “The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour.”

Business First quotes industry reports as saying several media groups are looking at Granite’s local stations including the Buffalo ABC affiliate. “Granite officials declined to comment,” wrote Business First.

Granite Broadcasting has eight stations in markets like Binghamton, NY, Detroit, MI, and San Francisco, CA.

News Director Bill Payer Out at WIAT

wiat logoNews director Bill Payer is out at Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT. Payer announced his departure in an email to station staffers Wednesday:

 I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your part in was has been an seven of the most gratifying years of my professional life….today, ironically, was the last day of the seventh year.

I regret I did not have the opportunity to express this in person but I truly appreciate the effort, the dedication and the professionalism you all have exhibited over those seven years.  I can only hope I was as supportive of your efforts as I wanted to be.  I know at times it seemed like I was never satisfied, but that’s only because there was so much more potential in each of you.

Payer has been the news director at WIAT since 2006. He has previously worked as news director for WKBW in Buffalo and as assistant news director at KPIX in San Francisco.

Questions Linger Over WKBW Veteran Meteorologist’s New Schedule and Title

After 30 years with Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW, Mike Randall will soon see his hours reduced after seeing his title change to “senior” meteorologist from its former “chief” status.

But is he being pushed out the door, as some media outlets like NewBlues, FTVLive and The Buffalo News are speculating, or is Randall simply easing into retirement after a long and successful career?

>RELATED: Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling Marks 35 Years with WGN

Mike Nurse WKBW general manager told TVSpy Randall recently signed a new long-term contract, “At the end of the day – I believe all sides are satisfied with the outcome. We built our future while preserving our past – Mike got a long term deal and he got a less demanding schedule that allows him to pursue his other theatrical ventures while still having a big presence on our new AM show (Good Morning).” Read more

Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin Joins WKBW

Meteorologist Jessica McLaughlin is joining Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News reports.

“We felt an additional meteorologist with credentials was necessary to be able to more effectively and credibly serve our viewers,” WKBW general manager Mike Nurse told Pergament.

According to her online bio, McLaughlin interned at WKBW in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, she worked as an on-air meteorologist at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa.

Ginger Geoffery Leaving WKBW

Ginger Geoffery, morning anchor for Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW, is leaving the station.

She told TVSPy she wasn’t ready to announce where she’s headed, but could confirm she was moving on at the end of her current contract.

Geoffery’s move follows her co-anchor Patrick Taney‘s decision to move to WHEC in Rochester. Granite Broadcasting recently promoted station manager and VP of sales Mike Nurse to GM after Bill Ransom announced his retirement in May. Nurse takes over July 1.

Geoffery started at WKBW as a reporter in 2004. She also worked as a sports anchor before anchoring the news. She started her career covering the NHL’s Dallas Stars and MLB’s Texas Rangers and worked at CNN Headline News as a sports anchor before coming to WKBW.

>UPDATE: Polly Van Doren, news director for WKBW told TVSpy in an email,

“WKBW is undertaking a complete revamp of our morning news product. Anchors Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery will be moving on – Patrick to a new position at WHEC in Rochester, and Ginger to another opportunity. Ginger has not been offered another contract, but will continue to remain at WKBW through the duration of her current deal, which expires in October.  We have a new General Manager who feels it’s best to start fresh with our morning product. Ginger has been a valued member of our news team. Change is inevitable in our business and this change is not reflective of her abilities. We are working with her as she goes on to what is certain to be a great opportunity. We are in the process of signing a new team and expect to announce their hiring next week.”

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