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Lando's return to Buffalo TV, confusion in Spieth's run

This is what I'm thinking:

The anchor of WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) 11 p.m. Sunday newscast might have looked familiar to veteran local TV news watchers.

Lia Lando was a temporary anchor at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) seven years ago after anchor-reporter Lisa Flynn left the station.

Lando, a former Rochester anchor, co-anchored 5:30 p.m. weekdays on Channel 4 and at 10 p.m. on WNLO in 2010 and also anchored Channel 4's weekend morning shows temporarily.

She was impressive and the favorite for a full-time job at Channel 4, but she lived in Rochester, had two young children and ran her own public relations and marketing firm. It wasn't clear if she wanted the job full-time and it didn't happen.

Seven years later, Western New Yorkers may be seeing more of her.

Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse said Lando is "currently" a part-timer and fill-in.

"We hired her to handle vacation relief," he explained. "We love her work and we are reviewing future opportunities that work with her schedule and family needs."

With regular Sunday anchor Hannah Buehler moving to weeknights and anchoring the new program in September, "The Now," there will be a Sunday opening soon.

In addition, Lando would appear to be a candidate for a weekend morning program if and when Channel 7 gets around to doing one.

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NBC (Channel 2) locally was the benefactor of Jordan Spieth's incredible performance to win the British Open Sunday afternoon.

But its coverage of the 20 minutes before Spieth hit his second shot -- after his tee shot on the 13th hole went far right and landed on an unplayable dune -- was most likely confusing to viewers who don't know golf rules.

The analysts took far too long to explain that Spieth would take a one-shot penalty for moving the ball to a playable condition and then getting free relief. And they never explained what kind of penalty he would have received if he had gone back to the tee and hit another ball, as one analyst suggested he do.

The analysts should realize that not every golf viewer knows the rules.

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Ratings Time: NBC's Open coverage from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. averaged a 6.1 rating on Channel 2, peaking with an 8.0 at 1:15 p.m. The network's six-hour coverage of the much-delayed Brickyard 400 NASCAR race averaged a 5.1 rating. One of the stronger episodes of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" -- which was delayed until 9 p.m. -- had a 2.4 local rating.

The two-hour season finale of NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" that was delayed until 10 p.m. had a 2.2 rating on Channel 2. The first hour ā€“ when the University at Buffalo's "Mathletes" team was eliminated in the semifinals ā€“ had a 1.4 rating.

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