Former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Don Paul is headed back to local television news about six months after he left the CBS affiliate.
According to sources, Paul has verbally agreed to join WKBW-TV (Channel 7) on a part-time basis in two months unless there is an unexpected last-minute contract snag.
Paul, 69, who left Channel 4 in March after almost 29 years as the station’s top meteorologist, declined comment. Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse, who is on vacation, could not be reached for comment.
Sources said Paul also talked with WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) about a part-time position. His decision to join Channel 7 means he will be completing a hat trick of sorts in local television. In between two stints at Channel 4, Paul worked at Channel 2 for three years.
Sources said he is expected to primarily become the meteorologist on weekend nights for Channel 7 in September. During the college football season carried by ABC, he will work Sundays. After the football season ends, he will work both Saturday and Sunday. It wouldn't be surprising if he also did vacation fill-in work and appeared during any storm coverage.
The weekend night job presently is being held by Mike Randall. Randall, who has a contract that runs until the end of 2017, is expected to become the weekend morning meteorologist in the fall when the station starts a new weekend morning newscast that has been delayed for months. The move to mornings will benefit Randall, who sources said has had to pass on some acting projects because of his night time television duties.
When he left Channel 4, Paul noted that he didn’t plan to retire. He has since started writing a periodic online column about weather for The Buffalo News.
Since non-compete contracts in local television were declared illegal several years ago, Paul is free to join a television rival of Channel 4. He will be off the air for almost six months anyway, which often was the amount of time that non-compete clauses lasted before they were declared illegal.
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