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WKBW Catches Police Officer Beating Man on Camera

WKBW3A photographer at Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW caught a police officer beating a man in a popular bar district early on Thanksgiving morning. The video has just been released, and it’s causing quite a stir.

In it, you can see Officer Corey Krug confront a man who was apparently about to get into a fight. The confrontation quickly turned physical, with Krug slamming the man onto the hood of a car, pushing him to the pavement and repeatedly hitting him with his baton, yelling at him to ‘Get up!’ That’s when other officers rushed to the scene, warning Krug that he was being filmed (by a WKBW photographer, who was following police officers on the job that day). Krug eventually let the man walk away. He was not arrested.

WKBW showed the tape to Buffalo Police commissioner Dan Derenda and Krug was suspended indefinitely without pay.

You can watch the video here.

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Buffalo’s WKBW Staff Stranded at Police Station After Storm

The ferocious lake effect snowstorm that dumped five feet of snow outside Buffalo, N.Y. left many people stranded on the roads or confined to their homes. Three WKBW staff members even had to spend the night at the Lackawanna Police station.

A photographer at the ABC affiliate sent in the photo above after waking up at the station this morning. WKBW reports that around 15 people spent the night there.

So far, five people have died from the storm, while hundreds are currently stranded. Follow @WKBW on Twitter for more news and safety updates.

WIVB EP To Be Assistant ND at WKBW

wkbw logoAaron Mason will join Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW as assistant news director.

Mason comes to WKBW from Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB where he was executive producer.

In January, assistant news director Lisa Polster was promoted to news director after Polly Van Doren left for WKEF-WRGT in Dayton.

John Borsa Out at WKBW

JohnBAnchor/reporter John Borsa is no longer working at E.W. Scripps owned WKBW. According to The Buffalo News, Borsa’s name and picture were removed from the station’s website Monday and general manager Mike Nurse has confirmed his departure.

Borsa had worked at the ABC affiliate for more than 11 years. Nurse provided no further comment on the matter, although it is believed Borsa’s contract was about to expire and the station declined to renew it.

The Buffalo News also claims that WKBW will soon announce a change in its weekend plans, with Ed Drantch and Katie Morse anchoring on Sundays. Kendra Eaglin (Borsa’s former co-anchor) will remain the Saturday anchor.

Veteran Buffalo Anchor Re Ups with WKBW

Keith Radford WKBWKeith Radford has signed a two year deal to stay with with E.W. Scripps owned WKBW.

“We are thrilled to have secured Keith going forward,” Mike Nurse, GM of the Buffalo ABC affiliate, told The Buffalo News. “Keith will continue as a nightside anchor with 7 Eyewitness News as we continue to rebuild under E.W. Scripps Company. He is truly a trusted news source in Western New York.”

Radford told TVSpy when Scripps bought WKBW, “we all thought it was Christmas morning!” He added, “I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be this good! I am so thankful I will remain here and be part of the move forward. WKBW is going to be one of Americas great television stations again! With any luck I will hit the 30 year mark here in Buffalo and there is no where else I would rather be!”

According to The News, the new deal ends one month after Radford’s 65th birthday.

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.

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]

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