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George Richert, who resigned as the Buffalo Diocese spokesman about two months ago, is returning to WIVB-TV (Channel 4) as a reporter. Richert left Channel 4 in February of 2016 to become director of communications for the diocese. He left the diocese in early September as calls were intensifying for Bishop Richard J. Malone to step down amid a scandal over his handl…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is expanding its “Wake Up!” team in January. Gabrielle Mediak, a Lancaster native and 2014 Buffalo State College graduate, will be an on-air and digital reporter, generate content for the morning program and contribute exclusive content for the web, News Director Lisa Polster said. Mediak has most recently worked for Spectrum News in Syracuse and …

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Names in the news: Jordan Williams: The co-anchor of WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) "Wake Up!" has his final broadcast on the CBS affiliate on Wednesday, the final day of the July sweeps. Williams is becoming assistant news director at KBMT, his hometown station in Beaumont, Texas. He is from Port Neches, Texas, and is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. On Th…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) morning co-anchor Jordan Williams is leaving the CBS affiliate after the end of the July ratings period, General Manager Dominic Mancuso confirmed today. Williams, who has been the co-anchor of "Wake Up!" since 2013, told station management Tuesday that he plans to return to Texas to be closer to his family. "We appreciate all he has done for News…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is doing what television stations typically do when they do well in the May sweeps reported by Nielsen: Exaggerate their successes. It is my duty to fact-check the promo that I saw while watching my favorite weekend program, "Sunday Morning" on CBS. The Channel 4 promo featuring anchor teams Melanie Orlins and Jordan Williams, Dave Greber and Chri…

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A dramatic shift has occurred in viewership of local television news, according to the results from Nielsen about the just-concluded May sweeps. WIVB-TV (Channel 4) probably is producing promos immediately to trumpet its successes. The local CBS affiliate has in recent years lagged behind WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the age 25-54 demographic important to local advertisers…

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This is what I'm thinking: When it comes to investigative reporters on TV, some of the best have been former newspapermen. Lee Coppola, John Pauly, Tony Farina and Jim Heaney quickly come to mind. WKBW-TV (Channel 7) investigative reporter Charlie Specht may be on his way to adding his name to the list. He has won a prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his…

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Catching up on the names in the news that happened while I was on vacation, with new information and updates added: Desiree Wiley: The Buffalo State College graduate left WKBW-TV (Channel 7) almost two years ago to work at a New England cable station that was affiliated with a new NBC affiliate in Boston. Almost a year ago, she married Tennessee Titans running back a…

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When WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Nalina Shapiro left the station on March 1, weekend anchor-reporter Callan Gray appeared to be up for a promotion to Shapiro's weekday anchor assignments. Instead, Gray is looking for the exit sign as well. According to sources, Gray is leaving the station after her contract runs out in a few weeks. Channel 4 General Manager Dominic…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) sports reporter and anchor Shannon Shepherd announced on social media that March 16 was her last day at the CBS affiliate after two years. The St. Bonaventure graduate said she is starting a new job at Fox Sports San Diego. "This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, especially when a hug from my mom is only 30 minutes away," wrote She…

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Who is going to replace WGRZ-TV sportscaster Jonah Javad now that he is heading to Dallas? It appears that Channel 2 is in no hurry to replace Javad, whose final day at the station after five and a half years was Tuesday. Channel 2 still has the same number of on-air sports personnel as its rivals – three – in Sports Director Adam Benigni, Stu Boyar and Heather Prusa…

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On their second date, Channel 4 anchor Nalina Shapiro and Channel 2 sportscaster Jonah Javad took a five-hour ride to an Of Monsters and Men concert in Columbus, Ohio. Before the trip, Javad's father gave unsolicited advice about being "stuck in a car" with someone you barely know for a 10-hour round trip. "He said, 'Well, son, you will know if you are right for some…

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This is what I'm thinking: Channel 4 may want to reconsider the decision to carry a 6:30 p.m. newscast on sister station WNLO-TV opposite the national network newscasts. The newscast co-anchored by Dave Greber and Christy Kern averaged a 0.65 rating for the first four weeks and it doesn't appear to be growing. It hit a high of a 1.0 rating in the second week and fell…

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Ever since WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor-reporter Jonah Javad announced he was leaving for a job in Dallas, the question was what impact that would have on his girlfriend, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor-reporter Nalina Shapiro. Shapiro is now giving Channel 4 colleagues and friends the story. She recently began telling them she plans to leave Channel 4 after the end …