“I do not agree with the direction that the station wants to take the sports department and decided it was best for me to pursue other opportunities,” Samuels told TVSpy in an email.
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In what may be more of a sign of the times than a break with protocol, at least two NBC affiliates have posted the recent story about former “Today Show” co-anchor Ann Curry allegedly begging to be let out of her NBC contract so she can work for her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN.
Spokane NBC Affiliate KHQ posted a version of the story attributed to British publication the Daily Mail (click here to view). While the story on the website of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV (click here to view) has a byline from the station’s online content producer.
Steven Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV told TVSpy, “I suspect this story will be on our air tonight on “ET” or “The Insider”. Why wouldn’t we put it on our website? I don’t think it’s a good idea to not run a legit, talk about story just because it has to do with our network.”
You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more
The South Florida Sun Sentinel recruited celebrities including local news anchors from around South Florida to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” in a video mash-up.
Included in on the holiday fun were Adam Kuperstein and Jackie Nespral from NBC owned WTVJ, Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens from Miami FOX affiliate WSVN along with John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes from CBS affiliate WPEC in West Palm Beach.
The video also featured players from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NBA’s Miami Heat and even fight promoter Don King. Watch the video after the jump. Read more
Pugh comes from West Palm Beach, where he was a sports anchor and feature reporter at WPTV-WFLX. He also works for ESPN 760 radio, where he hosts three shows and provides play-by-play for games.
Gossip Extra first reported the news, getting ‘no comments’ from both Pantelides and station management,
“I’m contractually obligated not to comment,” the pint-sized personality (Pantelides) said when asked about her imminent departure.
Discepolo will be paired with Liz Quirantes for the evening newscasts. Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby, the station’s current evening anchors, will move to mornings, according to Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet.
Boyd and Roby displace Emily Pantelides and Juan Carlos Fanjul on the morning newscast. Pantelides will move to the weekend morning anchor desk, and Fanjul will move to weekend evenings, Lambiet reports.
Weekend evening anchor Ben Becker will anchor the weekday 7 p.m. newscast solo.
“This is an incredible opportunity that came my way, and one that I could not pass up,” Discepolo told TVSpy.
Discepolo comes from KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where he has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter since 2010. Prior to his time in Seattle, Discepolo also worked at WCBS and WNYW in New York and KDFW in Dallas.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to return to Florida and join the area’s most talented and hard-working local news team,” said Harrison. “WPBF 25 has seen historic ratings growth, and I look forward to further strengthening our commitment to the South Florida viewers.”
Harrison, who moves from one Hearst station to another, fills the empty chair vacated by Kyle Grimes’ promotion to president and general manager of Hearst Stations WPTZ-WNNE in Plattsburgh-Burlington.
Bucher has been the director of sales at WPTV for more than five years. He steps into his new role after Steve Wasserman, WPTV’s general manager, was named as one of Scripps’ three divisional general managers. Wasserman will continue as the WPTV GM.
Wasserman said in a statement that Bucher will “help ensure that we stay focused on the station’s goals and strategic plan.” Read more
Victor Blackwell is joining CNN as an Atlanta-based anchor and correspondent, the network’s executive vice president Ken Jautz announced today. Blackwell will co-host “CNN Newsroom” on Saturday mornings alongside Randi Kaye.
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“Victor is a passionate and committed journalist,” Jautz said in a statement announcing the hire. “He will be a strong addition to our weekend morning team and in the field.”