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Chief Meteorologist David Bernard Leaving WFOR

WFOR chief meteorologist David Bernard is leaving the Miami CBS O&O when his contract is up in November, a station spokesperson has confirmed to TVSpy.

The news was first reported by Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet, who says Bernard rejected a pay cut in the station’s contract proposal. He will officially sign off from the station after hurricane season in November. Bernard also serves as a the hurricane consultant for CBS News, appearing on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “CBS This Morning.”

Bernard’s departure caps eight years at WFOR. He has previously worked at WWL in New Orleans, KJRH in Tulsa, KVII in Amarillo, Texas and KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bernard and WFOR both declined to comment.

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Former KVII Anchor Killed in Head-On Collision

A.J. Swope, former anchor and reporter for KVII was killed in a head-on car crash Tuesday morning.

State Troopers told the Amarillo, TX, ABC affiliate 36-year-old Melissa Flores was driving the wrong way in the Northbound lane of Highway 287 when she struck Swope’s pickup truck head-on.

On its website, KVII posted a video of community members remembering Swope along with a short bio.  You can watch the video after the jump.

Known as “A.J.” by friends and family members, he began working at K-V-I-I after graduating from West Texas A&M University. He served as a Reporter/Anchor for Pronews 7, and eventually became the Assignment Editor.>

For the past 4 years, A.J. was the Executive Director of the wind-energy company, Class Four Winds. He is also known for his musical talents. A musician with his band, A.J. Swope and The Last Train Home, A.J. had a passion for the craft.

He was 27 years old. Read more

Ryan Hazelwood Named News Director at KVII

Ryan Hazelwood has been named news director at KVII, the ABC-affiliate in Amarillo, TX.

Hazelwood worked as a photojournalist at KVII from 1998-99. He has also worked as a photojournalist at KFDA in Amarillo and KVUE in Austin. Most recently, he was a broadcast engineer and instructor at West Texas A&M University. He also owns his own production company.

“We are very excited to have Ryan on board,” KVII president and CEO Thom Pritz said in a statement. “We already have the best news team in Texas and it just got better.” Read more

Anchor Donna Cordova Ends Long Run at KTXL

Anchor Donna Cordova has left KTXL after more than a decade with the Sacramento Fox-affiliate. Cordova, who anchored KTXL’s weekday 10 p.m. newscast, did not have her contract renewed.

She posted the following message on her Facebook page, earlier this week:

I’m sorry that so many of you are still just now realizing that I am no longer on the air at FOX40. My contract is not being extended.. simple as that. It comes with the territory. As for the other question.. I will let you know ..as soon as I do.. what path we will be taking next.

Cordova began her TV career as a reporter with KBIM in Roswell, before moving on to anchor jobs at KVII in Amarillo and KTSP (now KSAZ) in Phoenix. While with KTXL, she was named Best Anchor by Sacramento Magazine.

Barrington Broadcasting Announces 3.1% Boost in Q1

Barrington Broadcasting Group, which specializes in smaller market stations including WNWO in Toledo and KVII in Amarillo, TX, announced its first quarter financial results this week, reporting a 3.1% increase in revenue compared to the same period last year.

Barrington’s 24 stations brought in $31.9 million during the first three months of 2011, up from $31 million for the first quarter of 2010.

“The strength and momentum in national sales more than offset the decrease in political revenues from 2010,” said Barrington CEO K. James Yager. “We continue to focus and remain committed to the Company’s three key priorities of re-engineering of our station-level operations, development of direct local sales strategies, and the growth of the stations’ local digital platforms.”

Barrington saw a 12.4% increase in national sales while also collecting $2.4 million in retrans revenue, a 20.3% increase from the same period last year.