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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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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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Florida Panhandle Station Axes Eight Employees

In Alabama, Birmingham, Dothan, Editor's Desk, Firings, Florida, FOX, Layoffs, Panama City, Raycom on May 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

In the latest round of broadcast television cuts, eight people have been laid off from Panama City, Fla., FOX affiliate WPGX.

Raycom Media, which owns the station, initiated the cuts in a downsizing move, according to the Panama City News Herald.

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Report: Tampa ABC Affiliate Fires Morning Meteorologist

In ABC, Firings, Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Weather on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

Stephanie Roberts (Courtesy: Tampa Bay Times)

It’s a “personnel matter.”

That’s what WFTS-TV general manager Rich Pegram called last week’s firing of morning meteorologist Stephanie Roberts.

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Sign Of The Times? Fort Smith Station Lets Sportscasters Go, Paves Way For “Radical Change”

In Arkansas, CBS, Editor's Desk, Firings, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Leaving the Biz on May 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

Mike Irwin (Courtesy: KFSM-TV)

In a time where local sports is considered a dying art in many television markets, Fort Smith, Ark., CBS affiliate KFSM-TV has fired sports reporter Mike Irwin and chosen not to renew sports director John Engleman’s contract.

ArkansasOnline.com reports Irwin had worked at the station for 37 years, while Engleman started in 2009.

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Traffic Reporter Let Go At South Florida Station

In Firings, Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Nathalie Pozo (Courtesy: Twitter)

It may not be the reason for her departure, but WTVJ-TV traffic reporter Nathalie Pozo is the first on-air personality to leave the station after a new general manager and news director began working at the NBC Miami affiliate earlier this year.

SFLTV.com reports Pozo had been with WTVJ since March 2010, after being hired from ABC affiliate WPBF in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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Miami Reporter Fired Over Deceptive George Zimmerman 911 Call Edit

In Firings, Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Jeff Burnside (Courtesy: Facebook/NBC Miami)

NBC has fired veteran WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside over an edit made in the George Zimmerman 911 call, the one placed right before Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

This is the second firing since the internal investigation into these deceptive edits began last month.

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Knoxville Employees Defend Former News Director After His Unexplained Departure

In Firings, Gannett, Knoxville, Tennessee on March 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Bill Shory (Courtesy: WBIR)

Earlier this month, WBIR news director Bill Shory left the Knoxville, Tenn., NBC affiliate after 8 years at the helm of the station.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports he said he was proud of the work they accomplished over that time, but others said his departure was representative of a “hostile work environment” he allegedly created.

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Two Members of Management, EP Gone from Little Rock Station

In Arkansas, Firings, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, NBC on March 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but this is ridiculous: three newsroom managers have ended their employment with Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK this month.

Whether or not that was a choice made by management or the three employees, however, is unclear.

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Arkansas NBC Affiliate Gets New News Director

In Arkansas, Firings, Hirings, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, MyTV, NBC on March 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

Austin Kellerman (Courtesy: ArkansasBusiness.com)

KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate for the Little Rock, Ark., market, has hired Austin Kellerman as the station’s news director to start next Monday.

He replaces Rob Heverling, who had been with the station for seven years.

Kellerman previously worked as news director for KTAB-TV and KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas, and also worked as an executive producer at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, La.

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