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Meteorologist Justin Berk Out at Baltimore’s WMAR

Morning meteorologist Justin Berk has been let go from Baltimore ABC-affiliate WMAR.

“Friday, January 13th was Justin Berk’s last day as a meteorologist on ABC2,” news director Kelly Groft confirmed to TVSpy.

Berk, who has been with WMAR since 2003, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TVSpy.

On Friday, Berk made a bet with Gene Norman, the chief meteorologist at KHOU in Houston, on the outcome of the Baltimore Ravens-Houston Texans playoff game. Terms of the bet dictated the loser had to wear the opposing team’s jersey on the air. Read more

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Baltimore’s WBFF Scales Back Sports Coverage

In a move that appears to be part of a growing national trend, Baltimore’s WBFF is scaling back sports coverage during its late newscasts.

The Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliate is going to experiment with dropping its 15-minute “Sports Unlimited” segment and offer a shortened sports report instead, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Our research indicates that local viewers watch local sports programming less than they did 15 or 20 years ago,” WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun‘s David Zurawik.

WBFF has regularly run “Sports Unlimited” at the end of its weeknight newscasts, from 10:45 to 11 p.m. Now the station will try offering a relatively short sports report within the body of its 10 p.m. newscast–similar to what many stations currently do.

While WBFF is far from cutting sports coverage altogether, the station’s current experiment is yet another sign of a national reevaluation of the value of local sports to a newscast. Read more

WMAR Becomes First Station in Baltimore to Start Mornings at 4:30

ABC-affiliate WMAR became the first station in Baltimore to begin its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. today. Following a national trend, WMAR debuted its expanded newscast this morning.

“People are waking up earlier to get to work and to get their families going,” news director Kelly Groft pointed out, “and we’ll be there first thing in the morning to help them start their day off right.”

The expanded newscast features WMAR’s established morning team of anchors Megan Pringle and Charley Crowson, and meteorologist Justin Berk (promo video above). Read more