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Meteorologists Jym Ganahl, Bob Nunnally Return to WCMH

Two meteorologists who have been on medical leave are returning to Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH. Jym Ganahl (right) will return April 15 and Bob Nunnally (left) will return April 22.

“The entire NBC4 family is pleased to welcome Jym and Bob back. While we, and their loyal fans have missed Jym and Bob on air, we’re glad they’ll be returning in good health,” WCMH news director Michael Fabac said in a statement.

In November, Nunnally sued Ganahl for libel, claiming Ganahl and “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that hurt Nunnally professionally and caused him to be exposed to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.” The lawsuit was settled two weeks later.

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Austin’s KXAN Hires Chad Cross as News Director

KXAN has hired a new news director.

Chad Cross, who has been the news director at KWCH in Wichita since 2008, is joining the Austin NBC-affiliate.  He replaces Michael Fabac, who departed KXAN in May after five years leading the station’s newsroom.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Cross joined KWCH in 2002.  Cross worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, and assignment editor there before being named news director.

As Austin media blogger Jim McNabb points out, Cross is much younger than many of the people he will manage at KXAN.

Following News Director’s Exit, News Hits of Libel, Discrimination Lawsuits Against KXAN

Earlier this week, news broke that news director Michael Fabac had abruptly departed KXAN after five years with the Austin NBC-affiliate. Now, Austin360 reports that the station is facing a pair of lawsuits: one for racial discrimination and one for libel.

The discrimination suit was brought by meteorologist Rhonda Lee (right), who says she was let go last August after being “repeatedly subjected to crude and insensitive remarks about her race.”

The libel suit was filed by a producer of the Austin Women’s Expo over a KXAN investigative report that alleged that the expo bilked sponsors out of promised advertising opportunities. Read more

Michael Fabac Out as KXAN News Director

Michael Fabac is out as news director at KXAN in Austin.

Although KXAN general manager Eric Lassberg was not immediately available for comment, Austin360 confirmed with newsroom staffers today that Fabac’s five-year tenure as the NBC-affiliate’s news director has come to an end.

Fabac’s departure comes a month after Austin media blogger Jim McNabb reported that newsroom morale was slipping amid the departures of a handful of reporters.

A tipster emailed this afternoon to report that “many in the newsroom are headed for celebratory drinks this evening.” Read more

KXAN Introduces New Morning Anchor

Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN introduced Robert Maxwell to viewers this morning, announcing that Maxwell would join the morning anchor desk on March 12.

Maxwell comes to KXAN from KTVX in Salt Lake City, where he served as the station’s primary evening anchor.  In addition to co-anchoring KXAN’s morning newscast, Maxwell will work as an investigative reporter.

“I’m pleased to welcome a journalist of Robert’s caliber to the KXAN team,” KXAN news director Michael Fabac said this week.  “Robert’s personality will help engage the a.m. news audience and serve as a terrific compliment to anchor Sally Hernandez.” Read more

Meteorologist Shawn Rutherford Out At KXAN

Meteorologist Shawn Rutherford has been fired from Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN after 13 years with the station, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Rutherford, who was the morning and midday meteorologist, was last on the air Friday. His bio was reportedly removed from the station’s website hours after the newscast finished.

The abrupt departure is the latest in a string of exits from KXAN, including investigative reporter Nanci Wilson, meteorologist Rhonda Lee and weekend morning anchor Catenya McHenry, who told viewers on Facebook her contract had been terminated.

KXAN news director Michael Fabac did not respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Reporter-Anchor Catenya McHenry Out at KXAN

After just a year at KXAN, Catenya McHenry has been let go by the Austin NBC-affiliate.

McHenry announced the news on her Facebook page, according to Austin media blogger Jim McNabb. “My contract was terminated last week,” she wrote. “It’s so unfortunate, especially at this time of the year, but I thank you all my friends and fans for making our show #1 this year.”

McHenry, who has done two stints with KXAN, joined the station in 2010 as a weekend morning anchor and reporter. She was also a KXAN reporter from 1995-98.

KXAN news director Michael Fabac did not immediately return TVSpy’s request for comment.

Anchor Chris Willis to Lead KXAN Investigative Team

KXAN anchor Chris Willis has been tapped to lead the investigative team for the NBC-affiliate in Austin.

Willis has worked at KXAN as both a reporter and an anchor since joining the station in 1999. He currently co-anchors the morning newscast with Shannon Wolfson, but he will be leaving the anchor desk to focus on his investigative role full-time.

“His experiences in the field and from behind the anchor desk have allowed Chris the opportunity to develop unmatched relationships with our audience and the newsmakers of Austin,” KXAN news director Michael Fabac said in a statement.