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Shreveport Forecaster Sues Former Employer For Discrimination; ND Leaves Abruptly

In Arkansas, Firings, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport, Weather on May 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

Michael Fabac (Courtesy: TVSpy)

An Austin news director with Little Rock ties has left NBC affiliate KXAN after the station found itself in legal trouble earlier this month.

But it’s unclear whether or not Michael Fabac, who had also been ND at Little Rock’s KLRT, left voluntarily.

Two lawsuits filed against the station — one from a former weekend morning meteorologist — have sent shockwaves through the building.

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Miami Station Selects New Assistant ND From Rival Network

In ABC, Florida, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

Chad Matthews (Courtesy: Twitter)

Chad Matthews has been picked as the new assistant news director for WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami, Fla.

TVNewsCheck reports Matthews previously served as the senior executive producer for ABC-owned WABC in New York for the last 12 years.

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Big Easy Welcomes Former Missouri Reporter

In Hirings, Louisiana, NBC, New Orleans on May 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Blake Hanson (Courtesy: Twitter)

Former Missouri reporter/anchor Blake Hanson has been hired by WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

In fact, TVSpy reports he’s been on the air in the Big Easy nearly a week now.

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Florida NBC O&O Launches New Lifestyle Show

In Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

Roxanne Vargas (Courtesy: WTVJ)

It’s called “6 In The Mix,” and Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ seems to be sparing no expense on the new show’s presentation.

TVNewsCheck reports the show, which is slotted to air weekdays at 11:30 a.m., will be hosted by WTVJ’s own Roxanne Vargas and aims to give viewers a fast-paced look at lifestyle and entertainment options throughout Miami and South Florida.

Want to see video of what viewers can expect? Hint: you probably do.

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Former Lafayette Reporter Jumps 92 Markets With New Job

In ABC, Hirings, Lafayette, Louisiana on May 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Shawn Kline (Courtesy: Twitter)

Former KATC reporter Shawn Kline just caught a big break. After working in Lafayette, La., he scored a job with Columbus, Ohio, ABC affiliate WSYX.

That’s a jump to market 34. Kline will be a multimedia reporter, according to TVSpy.

Congratulations, Shawn!

Shreveport Reporter’s New Texas Job Brings Him Full Circle In Career

In ABC, Hirings, Louisiana, Shreveport on May 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Gary Cooper, multimedia journalist at KTBS in Shreveport, La., has accepted a job in his hometown of San Antonio.

TVSpy reports Cooper will re-join KENS as a multimedia reporter next month.

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Former Miami Anchor Hired In Tampa “To Help” In Ratings War

In CBS, Florida, FOX, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

Charles Billi (Courtesy: Twitter)

Charles Billi, former Miami news anchor, has now taken a job at Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., CBS affiliate WTSP.

Billi left WSVN in 2011 with 12 years under his belt, saying he wanted to pursue other opportunities.

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Arkansas News Director Leaves To “Pursue Other Opportunities”

In ABC, Arkansas, CW, Firings, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Jackson, Mississippi on May 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

Dawn Dugle (Courtesy: Rick Gevers)

Dawn Dugle, news director at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fort Smith, Ark., has left the station.

She had worked there for a little over two years.

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New Reporter Advances in Florida TV By Heading North

In Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne on May 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

Stephanie Kolp (Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel)

Stephanie Kolp’s new job keeps her in Florida, but she’s moving up to a Top 25 market in the process. Kolp currently works as a reporter for WBBH, the NBC affiliate in Ft. Myers.

As of next month, though, she’ll be working in Orlando for WESH-TV.

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Kansas City Broadcaster Set To Become Louisiana Station’s Top Anchor

In Arkansas, CBS, Hirings, Louisiana, Monroe-El Dorado on May 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Mark Boyle (Courtesy: KCTV)

Kansas City weekend anchor and reporter Mark Boyle will soon become the new main anchor for KNOE-TV in the Monroe, La.-El Dorado, Ark., market, according to TVSpy.

Boyle currently works at CBS affiliate KCTV, where he’s been employed since July 2010.

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