Cunningham moves to Louisiana from Kentucky, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WKYT in Lexington since March. This is Cunningham’s second stint at the station. He previously worked there from 2007-09.
“Hank has been an integral part of our weather team. Hank doesn’t scare viewers with doomsday weather forecasts,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “He’s a straight shooter and he does what it takes to calmly walk viewers through severe weather events.”
WGNO also announced the hire of meteorologist Jeff Robbins. Robbins moves to New Orleans from Harrisburg, Pa., where he worked at Fox affiliate WPMT. He begins December 2 as the meteorologist for “News with a Twist,” WGNO’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, and the 10 p.m. newscast. Read more
WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts interviewed her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, over the weekend. The 14-minute interview (video above) took place at a New York City hospital, where Robin was battling a virus last week, and aired on WWL Monday evening.
Robin underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS in September. Sally-Ann, the morning anchor at the New Orleans CBS affiliate, was Robin’s donor.
“You gave me life,” Robin told Sally-Ann in the interview. “I look at it as a clean slate. And how many people can say, at this point in their lives, that they get a do-over? That they get a chance to start again? And that’s how I feel.”
“I was so happy that I was able to spend this weekend with my sister Robin. I was in New York for just a little while and we had a great conversation,” Sally-Ann Roberts said Monday on WWL’s morning newscast. “Robin talked about where she is now in her recovery after receiving my stem cells and a bone marrow transplant. And besides the great work of her doctors, she gives one key reason for why she feels she’s making great strides.”
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The interview will air on WWL’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts tonight. Portions of it will also air on “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning.
Pizatto is a former executive director of Alabama Public Television. His tenure there ended publicly over the summer, the New Orleans Times Picayune reports:
Pizzato’s tenure in Alabama ended amid controversy in June when he and another executive of the statewide APT network were fired by the Alabama Educational Television Commission.
According to several published reports, Pizzato’s ouster came during a board dispute over a push by one board member to air programming on the network produced by an evangelical Christian group.
We knew that he was available as a result of the controversy,” Herschel L. Abbott, Jr., who ran the search committee, told the Times-Picayune. “He certainly made full disclosure, and it did not bother either the search committee or the executive committee of the board.” Read more
The station has a gallery of photos showing the anchors rehearsing on the set [click here to view], plus a 360 interactive video walk through [click here to view]. After the jump you can see a few images from Newscast Studio’s website Read more
“It’s been a great 17-year run, but over the last two years, the ‘News With a Twist’ format did not fit the role that I had established,” Katz said. “Traditional weather has been bumped down to one (10 p.m.) show. My love, my passion, is extended weathercasts.” Read more
Robin Roberts’ homecoming was chronicled in a video on “Good Morning America” Thursday. She was accompanied home by Sally-Ann Roberts and a third sister, Dorothy Roberts.
“Never lose your sense of ‘I can do this,’” Sally-Ann told Robin. “All things are possible.” Video is after the jump… Read more
It looks like local TV News will be the big winner when the New Orleans Times-Picayune reduces its daily run to three days a week.
According to a study conducted by the Louisiana State University Public Policy Research Lab, when local residents were asked where they’d get their news fix when there’s no newspaper available, 76 percent chose local TV.
Only 40 percent stuck with the paper as their main source according to the study — our math isn’t bad — the survey allowed multiple responses.
Fans of Cranford left goodbye messages on her facebook page saying how much they would miss her.