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Ch.4 sacks sports anchor Vesey three nights before Bills preseason opener

Channel 4 has let go sports director and weekday sports anchor Steve Vesey, who had worked at the CBS affiliate for three years.

The move comes a few weeks after weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter Lauren Brill left Channel 4 for a new job as a sports reporter at a Cleveland station.

It also is only three nights before the Buffalo Bills have their preseason opener.

It means Channel 4 won’t have any on-air sports anchor or reporter until Tom Martin, the new weekend sports anchor and reporter it hired last week from a Louisiana station, comes aboard in about a week.

Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy confirmed that Vesey was let go but wouldn’t say why. He added that Vesey is still under contract.

“It’s a personnel matter that I can’t discuss,” said Levy.

Stations typically have outs in contracts with its employees -- that allow stations to let them go -- that can range from as little as a month to several weeks.

Levy said that Martin will be the weekend anchor, which means the news director will be looking for a new weekday sports anchor and sports director.

Until Martin arrives, Levy said a sports photographer will provide the station’s sports coverage. That means the news anchors most likely will provide voiceovers of the sports footage shot by the photographer.

A graduate of Ohio University, Vesey arrived at Channel 4 three years ago after being the sports director at WETM in Elmira.

apergament@buffnews.com

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