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Before the start of the new year, we thought we’d clean out the story closet and show the ten most read TVSpy stories from 2016.
So here we go. The list compiled by you, our readers from ten to one:
WNBC Announces Anchor Change at 6 PM, Team for New 4 PM
Natalie Pasquarella joined Chuck Scarborough on the WNBC 6 p.m. newscast after Sibila Vargas left the station.
The New York NBC-owned station also announced the anchor team for its soon-to-be-launched hourlong newscast at 4 p.m. would be Natalie Pasquarella, Stefan Holt and weather anchor Dave Price.
Dayton Meteorologist Jamie Simpson Is Back On-Air
Jamie Simpson returned to the Dayton, Ohio airwaves as interim meteorologist for ABC affiliate WKEF.
Simpson was chief meteorologist at CBS affiliate WHIO until resigning a month after pleading to guilty to operating a vehicle impaired.
New Jersey Anchor Cara McCollum Dies
Cara McCollum, the lead news anchor at New Jersey’s SNJ Today, died in February of injuries she sustained in a car accident. McCollum, who was a former Miss New Jersey, was 24.
“Whether you had the privilege of knowing her or if you enjoyed her newscasts during her all too brief time with us, you know that her smile, determination and sincerity made her a beloved individual,” said a report on SNJ.
Good Day Atlanta Anchor Leaving Station
Gurvir Dhindsa left Fox-owned Atlanta station WAGA in April.
“I’ve decided the time is right for me to leave FOX 5,” Dhindsa wrote on her Facebook page. “Tomorrow will be my last day. I’ve so enjoyed the chance to be with you each morning on Good Day Atlanta. The friendships I’ve made with all of you and our Good Day team have been such a blessing. I’ve shared with you my love of family and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them. Thank you for your support and God Bless.”
Wendy Bell Fired From WTAE After Facebook Post
Pittsburgh anchor Wendy Bell was fired from ABC affiliate WTAE after giving her opinion about who was responsible for a recent mass shooting. She had worked at the station for 18 years.
“They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s,” Bell wrote on her station Facebook page. “They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested. They’ve made the circuit and nothing has scared them enough. Now they are lost. Once you kill a neighbor’s three children, two nieces and her unborn grandson, there’s no coming back. There’s nothing nice to say about that.”
“WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell,” Hearst said in a statement. “Wendy’s recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”
Diane Macedo to Anchor ABC World News Now
WCBS anchor and reporter Diane Macedo moved to World News Now and America This Morning for ABC News.
“A daughter of parents who immigrated from Portugal, Diane is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish,” ABC News president James Goldston told staffers while announcing the hire. “Her love for news developed early in life, discussing news of the day at the dinner table and later learning the basics of broadcast news at the local program NewTV while studying at Boston College.”
KTLA Reporter Calls Radio Host ‘A Pig’ After He Says He Could See Her Underwear
KTLA reporter Kacey Montoya told a Sirius radio host she thinks he’s a pig after he said he could see her black thong under her white dress.
“You are actually a pig … and spreading false info,” Montoya told the host on Facebook. “As if it was any of your business (it’s not) … I was not wearing a black thong today. Is this what single men who live in their mother’s basements discuss on their podcasts these days??? #Lame Some advice .. Find something truthful and meaningful to talk about. And leave ME out of your conversation.”
Anna Gilligan Leaves WNYW
WNYW entertainment reporter Anna Gilligan left the New York Fox-owned station in February.
Good Day anchor Greg Kelly, who publicly ogled Gilligan while she was doing a live shot at a water park, called her last day “One of the darkest days in Good Day New York history.” He told his long suffering co-host Rosanna Scotto, “I’m a little melancholy about it.”
Gilligan is married to WNYW evening anchor Steve Lacy.
Nashville Meteorologist Signs Off
Nancy Van Camp left Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV after working at the station for 20 years. After thanking viewers, Van Camp said her future plans included lying in a hammock and eating bon bons.
If You Don’t Like the Way I Look, Change the Channel
When a viewer told WTVO chief meteorologist Candice King she should be ashamed for being on-air at eight weeks pregnant King told her “If you don’t like the way I look, change the channel.”