Here’s the Roundup for the Week Ending April 26

By Kevin Eck 

Greetings fellow kids and Happy Friday. Here’s another edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another.

This week, a Birmingham station loses two anchors while a former general manager of a New Orleans station dies after a long battle with cancer.

Here’s the news:

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Camilla Rambaldi announced today that she is joining KNBC 4 Los Angeles as a reporter after leaving her evening anchor role in San Antonio. Click here for more.

ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama is losing two. Veteran anchor Pam Huff is announcing her retirement from the station. Click here to read more. While Stephen Quinn is leaving after more than eight years, the anchor announced Monday. Click here for that story.

May sweeps, which this year runs through May 22, marks the first sweeps for new WTAE news director Baylor Long. But he’s certainly familiar with sweeps in Pittsburgh from his previous 2017-21 stint as WTAE’s assistant news director. Click here for the story about Long from TribLive.

Suzanne Lawler, a news anchor and reporter who spent 30 years with 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia, has left the station. Click here for the story.

Nexstar’s Chicago independent WGN has promoted Alyssa Donovan to a weather anchor. Her forecasts will be seen on WGN Midday News at 11-1 p.m., as well as WGN Evening News at 5 p.m. Click here for the story.

KPLC anchor and reporter Andrea Robinson is leaving the Lake Charles, Louisiana station. Click here for the story.

Justin Pazera is back on TV — same city, different station. Pazera has joined 12 News in Phoenix as a reporter for Today in AZ, the station’s morning show. Click here for more.

Joe Cook, (pictured at podium) the former general manager of WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans, has died at the age of 74 following a prolonged fight with cancer. Click here for more.

And no more waiting to change stations. The Federal Trade Commission has banned noncompete agreements for most of the U.S. workforce, freeing an estimated 30 million people bound by contracts that limit their ability to change jobs within their industry or strike out on their own. Click here to see what the Washington Post had to say.

Here are a few press releases we didn’t get to publish:

> Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley / KTLM, part of NBCUniversal Local’s Telemundo Station Group, promoted Sarah Garcia to News Anchor for Noticias Telemundo 40 on weekends at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Garcia will debut in her new role on Saturday, April 27, alongside Weather Anchor Gabriela Gutierrez and Sports Anchor Hector Severeyn. Garcia will continue to serve as a multimedia journalist, her role for the five-plus years with Telemundo 40.

> 11Alive/WXIA-TV announced today the station is creating a dedicated political reporting team that will devote significant time and resources to helping Georgia voters stay informed this election, representing all views with balance. Given the expected rematch of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, there is anticipation Georgia will once again play a pivotal role in who leads our country for the next four years.

> Five leading television stations serving the Portland Maine television market have begun broadcasting with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. The launch includes WMTW (ABC), WGME-TV (CBS), WPFO (FOX), WMEA-TV (Maine Public) and WCBB (PBS).

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NextGen TV can support a wide range of features that are currently in development. In addition to providing a new, improved way for broadcasters to reach viewers with advanced emergency alerts, NextGen TV features stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast to create a more life-like experience.

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