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Ch. 4 names news director, Ch. 7 names 'AM Buffalo' replacement

WIVB-TV (Channel 4) and WKBW-TV (Channel 7) have made some hiring news that was as expected as the snow in Western New York over the next two days.

WIVB-TV's new General Manager Dominic Mancuso has taken the "interim" tag off and named Lisa Polster the station's news director.

Polster has been the interim news director since Scott Levy left in August of 2016 to become news director at a Kansas City station. She was previously the news director at WKBW-TV, the rival she left two years ago to become an executive news producer of the morning program "Wake Up!" under Levy.

"She has been doing a fabulous job covering it as interim," said Mancuso in making the announcement. "We had a great November sweep… She is very well regarded by the staff. She earned it frankly."

Over at Channel 7, Courtney Corbetta, who had been working part-time at the station, has joined "AM Buffalo" as a full-time, multimedia journalist. She essentially is adding the part-time hours that former "AM Buffalo" co-host Jon Summers worked before his March 1 retirement.

Her hiring confirms last week's speculation that the multimedia journalist job was better suited to a younger person than Summers.

“Jon and Courtney were sharing duties for the last year and when Jon announced his retirement, Courtney was the perfect fit to join Linda Pellegrino each morning at 10 a.m.," said Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse.

Corbetta attended Lewiston-Porter High School and is a 2015 Niagara University graduate who majored in communications and had a double minor in theater and dance.

She will shoot and edit "AM Buffalo" segments and fill in as host when Pellegrino vacations.

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