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Weekend update on Paul, Brecher, Lewin, Ewing and Catalana

Plenty of news about the news happened in the past few days so here is a “weekend update”:

Paul confirms he will exit Channel 7 soon: WKBW-TV (Channel 7) weekend meteorologist Don Paul went to Facebook to confirm my report that his two-year tenure at the station will be over at year’s end.

“This is not a retirement and was not my call,” wrote Paul, who joined Channel 7 shortly after a lengthy run at WIVB-TV (Channel 4). “The decision was made for budgetary reasons, and nothing more.”

Paul, who writes about meteorology and climate science for The Buffalo News, added he recently received “excellent evaluations” from the station’s news director and has been treated “very nicely by station management.”

He isn’t calling this goodbye a retirement.

“If something else fits, that would be nice,” wrote Paul. “If not, I can at least continue making my written contributions to the Buffalo News online edition."

Erica Brecher makes Channel 4 anchor debut: The former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter had an amusing moment in one of her first newscasts at Channel 4 Saturday night thanks to an introduction by meteorologist Andrew Baglini.

“Fun fact,” said Baglini. “I am totally married to her. I was going to say ‘welcome Mrs. 4 Warn Meteorologist Andrew Baglini' but I feel like in a few weeks I am going to be 'Mr. News 4’s Erica Brecher' obviously.”

Ch. 4 hires Ch. 2's Erica Brecher as weekend nightside anchor

Erica Brecher (Photo courtesy of Erica Brecher)

Brecher said she didn’t know what to say to her husband’s comments. Neither did I initially. It certainly was a mouthful.

Speaking of mouthfuls, at the end of the same newscast Brecher brought out a treat on Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Her husband snatched the plate of cookies away. She eventually snatched a cookie back.

After further review, my advice is the couple should embrace sharing their relationship on the air as often as seems warranted and as long as they work together.

Channel 2’s Claudine Ewing is honored: The veteran reporter, along with photojournalist Robert Mancuso, won a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Award in Detroit over the weekend for a story called “African Refugees Find Love.”

Claudine Ewing (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Channel 7’s Liz Lewin heads to Michigan: The former anchor-reporter quietly left the local ABC affiliate in the last few weeks and has now become the weekend morning anchor and reporter at WILX-TV in Lansing, Mich. She left the No. 53 market to go to the No. 113 market.

“She expressed a desire to relocate as her boyfriend is at med school at Michigan State,” explained General Manager Michael Nurse. “We recently agreed to let her out of her contract for an out-of-market opportunity.”

TV critics honor Russian spies: Writer-producer and TV personality Robin Thede reportedly started her duties as the host of the annual Television Critics Association awards presentation Saturday night by asking critics in Beverly Hills, Calif., to stand with their hands over their hearts. Then the theme to “The Americans” played.

The joke was inspired by the decision of the TCA membership to honor the Cold War series on FX with three big awards. Series star Keri Russell, who played a Russian spy sent to the United States with her husband, was honored for individual achievement in drama and the show was awarded the outstanding achievement in drama award and also was named program of the year. It finished its run this spring.

FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” was honored for outstanding achievement in movies and miniseries.

Here is a list of the other winners and their categories:

  • Individual Achievement in Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon)
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" (CNN)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: "Queer Eye" (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: "Sesame Street" (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (HBO)
  • Outstanding New Program: "Killing Eve" (BBC America)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies And Miniseries: "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" (FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama: "The Americans" (FX)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: "The Good Place" (NBC)
  • Program of the Year: "The Americans" (FX)
  • Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Rita Moreno
  • Heritage Award: "Friends" (NBC)

Classy Catalana: Rochester sportscaster Mike Catalana sent out a tweet confirming that he is being replaced on Buffalo Bills preseason broadcasts by Rochester sportscaster Thad Brown, whose station now owns the rights in that city.

“It was a great 18 years of doing #Bills preseason football broadcasts. I worked with a lot of coaches! As it happens in TV, rights to broadcasts changed hands. But great for viewers that @AndrewCatalon & @SteveTasker89 are back on the call. Best of luck to @thadbrown7 this year.”

Fred Jackson to join Bills postgame show; Catalana replaced on sidelines


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