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WGRZ's Benigni praises Levin's return, weighing his options

WGRZ-TV's Adam Benigni was a team player Thursday when it was announced Scott Levin is returning to the Delaware Avenue station in September as co-anchor after less than three months working at West Herr Automotive Group.

Benigni, the sports director who has been filling in as the news co-anchor alongside Maryalice Demler, appeared to be the leading candidate for Levin's job.

Asked for his reaction to Levin's return, Benigni responded: "Good day at Channel 2. Scott's history here and the station's success during his tenure speak for themselves."

As far as his own plans, Benigni added: "Not sure what is next for me … taking a bit of time to weigh some options."

Benigni sidestepped the question of whether the options included a return to sports and possibly being the co-anchor of "Daybreak" after John Beard leaves at the end of the year.

"Really don't want to comment further right now … today is about Scott," he said.

It is understandable that Benigni would want to take some time before making his next career move. But since his immediate thought wasn't a return to sports, you could conclude that he probably has at least a 50-50 chance of staying in news.

In his Facebook video post, Levin said he agreed to a new long-term deal with the station and added he is getting some flexibility to spend more time with his family.

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I'm not sure if this applies at all to Levin, but I did get some amusement from this  David Letterman quote upon announcing he will be returning to TV to do a six-episode series for Netflix: "Here's what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first."

Scott Bieler, the president and CEO of West Herr, released a lengthy statement in support of Levin's return to TV. Here is part of it.

"We are very grateful for the time Scott spent with us and we congratulate him on his decision to return to his passion – sharing important local news stories and information with the Western New York community," wrote Bieler.

In the comment section under Thursday's post on Levin's return, several people praised Benigni and others thought that Levin's return was unfair to him. That brings to mind the Tom Hanks remark, "There is no crying in baseball," from the movie "A League of Their Own." There is no fairness in TV news employment. There are only ratings.

Email: apergament@buffnews.com

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