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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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Michael Nurse Promoted to GM of WKBW

Granite Broadcasting has named Michael Nurse president and general manager of Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW.

“For nearly 30 years, Michael has proven himself to be an experienced manager and industry leader,” said Duane Lammers, Granite’s chief operating officer. “He is a seasoned broadcast executive that embodies Granite’s commitment to the communities we serve.  With a deep knowledge of the greater Buffalo market and our operations, he is the ideal person to lead WKBW.”

The move is effective July 1. Nurse has been WKBW’s station manager and vice president of sales for the last 11 years. He succeeds Bill Ransom who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Nurse started his career at WRKO radio in Boston and has served as GM at TV stations in Boston and Washington, D.C.

[TVNewsCheck]

WKBW General Manager Bill Ransom Retiring

After almost 25 years with Granite Broadcasting, WKBW general manager Bill Ransom will retire next month.

“He has been a positive voice for our company, the broadcasting profession and Buffalo, and will be truly missed,” Granite COO Duane Lammers said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”

Ransom has been general manager of the Buffalo ABC affiliate since 1995. Prior to that, he was the general sales manager of WPTA, Granite’s ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I am truly grateful to have had the privilege of working with Granite’s talented and committed team members, and am honored to have led our Buffalo station, WKBW, for the last 18 years,” Ransom said in a statement.

WKBW Outsources Master Control, Cuts 10 Jobs

WKBW — the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY — is cutting 10 jobs after outsourcing station master control operations to an out-of-town company.

“Unfortunately, technology is replacing people,” station general manager Bill Ransom told Buffalo Business First. “I don’t feel good about this decision. I haven’t slept in two days because of it.”

The 10 people who will lose their jobs are longtime employees, Buffalo Business First reports. WKBW is the third station in the Buffalo market to transfer master control operations — which include running commercials and paid programming and handling satellite feeds from networks — out of town. The other two are WGRZ, the NBC affiliate, and WIVB, the CBS affiliate.

New Labor Agreement Finally Reached at WKBW

It’s been three long years since the last labor agreement expired, but now the news and technical staffers at Buffalo’s WKBW finally have a new deal.

On Friday, WKBW and the local chapter of NABET-CWA (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians- Communication Workers of America) announced that they had agreed to a new, 4-year deal.

“The WKBW family looks forward to continue working together under this new contract, serving our viewers,” said WKBW president and general manager Bill Ransom, in making the announcement.

Under the new agreement, WKBW staffers will receive wage and benefit increases while the station, in return, gains flexibility in defining job roles. Read more