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Jul 30, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Anchors away in Boston
Boston’s NBC affiliate WHDH-TV has promoted weekend evening co-anchor and reporter Caterina Bandini to co-anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. She officially began July 25, although she has been trying out for the role in recent weeks.
“She is clearly well-known in New England and she is a solid reporter, and her anchoring skills have improved significantly over the last couple of years,” WHDH General Manager Mike Carson told Electronic Media.
In other Boston news, it was no surprise last week when Kim Carrigan was named co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast that launches Sept. 3 on UPN affiliate WSBK-TV. The station will take advantage of being part of the market’s first duopoly by using CBS-owned sister station WBZ-TV’s news department to put together the 7 p.m. newscast. Ms. Carrigan will co-anchor with WBZ’s Jack Williams, and the pair will also anchor the 5 p.m. WBZ newscast, making them the first anchor team to cross over between newscasts on two different stations in the market.
When Ms. Carrigan’s contract was not renewed at rival WHDH-TV in April, the subsequent buzz was that she would go to the CBS station because Joel Cheatwood, who oversees news at the CBS-owned group, originally had hired her at WHDH.
KTTV’s Garcia retires
David Garcia, one of the first Latino network correspondents and a veteran environmental reporter at Fox-owned KTTV, Los Angeles, retired July 25, with the station giving him a video tribute to his 38 years as a broadcaster. Nicknamed “Earthman,” he won numerous Emmys, including one in May for a story about a dance troupe that performed suspended by ropes from the rocks of Yosemite National Park. He covered Jimmy Carter’s campaign and presidency for ABC News and also worked at Los Angeles stations KCBS-TV and KNBC-TV. Since joining KTTV in 1993, he has been the only environmental reporter in the market.
“David Garcia really was a pioneering Latino journalist. He may have been, if not the first, one of the first Latino network correspondents at ABC and the White House,” said KTTV News Director Jose Rios. “David was always one of my favorites. He was a lunch-pail guy who liked to work and liked to do well. We’re going to miss David greatly. He brought a lot of insight and integrity to his work.” Mr. Garcia told viewers he will go to Alaska this week and has set up a foundation and Web site called AskEarthman.org, which focuses on environmental issues and the places he plans to visit.
Staab heads up WTVD
Valari Staab, general manager at ABC-owned KFSN-TV, Fresno, Calif., becomes general manager at sister station WTVD-TV, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., effective immediately. She replaces Bruce Gordon, who resigned.
KCOP goes suspiciously dark
A glitch in master control last Thursday during “Montel Williams” took Chris-Craft Industries’ UPN affiliate KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, off the air for about four minutes around 4:45 p.m., just as the Fox acquisition of the Chris-Craft stations was closing. Managers at rival stations noticed the “Please Stand By” graphic, because it is unusual to have dead time in a major market during peak hours. One jokingly told Electronic Media it was probably because engineers “took all their buyouts and went home.” One KCOP engineer said it was a “machine problem.”
Bauer rumored to be KCAL-bound
The buzz at several Los Angeles stations last week was that KNBC-TV News Director Nancy Bauer-Gonzales is leaving to head news at independent KCAL-TV, where husband David Gonzales is an anchor. A KNBC spokeswoman said, “It’s complete speculation.”
Karissa S. Wang can be reached by phone at 323-370-2430, via e-mail at kwang@crain.com or by fax at 323-653-4425.