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Last Thursday, KMOV (Channel 4) reporter/anchor Chris Stanford filed regular reports from the unrest in Ferguson.
Last Friday, he got canned.
"I showed up at 2 p.m. (Aug. 22) with every intention of working for the 10 p.m. newscast," Stanford said in a telephone interview.
Stanford said that when he met with some station managers to talk about a different matter, “they then told me they were going to exercise an option in my contract” to dismiss Stanford without cause.
Stanford had been a regular contributor to KMOV’s coverage of the unrest in Ferguson. His Twitter feed shows his last dispatch from the scene to be: “Calm in #Ferguson tonight.”
Stanford said KMOV managers complimented him on his work in Ferguson, and did not point to any specific problems with his previous work.
"They basically were saying that (Stanford’s employment at KMOV) wasn’t a good fit. I don’t know what to say to that, since my last review was around the end of 2013. And at that time, they said I ‘met expectations,’" he said.
"It was a surprise to me," he said.
KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said he could only say Stanford “no longer works at the station.”
Stanford was hired in March 2013 from WCCO in Minneapolis/St. Paul and had been working as a weekend anchor and reporter.
As to future plans, Stanford said he will spend more time with his three-month old child, but is unsure if he will remain in St. Louis, or in television. “That’s the discussion I’m having with my wife right now.”
KMOV’s unjust firing of Chris Stanford will go down as one of the worst STL Media blunders of 2014, along with KSDK’s actions that caused Kirkwood High School to be locked down and showing the exact address of where Darren Wilson resides (even though I am very anti-Darren/Ferguson PD) and Fox2/KPLR’s highly asinine bullcrap demotion of Angie Mock off of the 4AM/fill-in anchor/sports slot on mornings to essentially the last depth chart slot on nights as field reporter. That sneakily stupid 01.06.14 scheduling swap by Fox2 turned out to come back to bite them hard post-Ezell, as they hired Lisa Hart for the 4am slot that properly should’ve been given back to Mock as Kim Hudson took over 9AM.
Point of the matter is that Larry Conners’ firing in May 2013 was perfectly justified for his lying about the IRS targeting him over his interview of President Obama, whereas the firing of Stanford w/o a valid reason (especially with having a three month old child to take care of on top of that) is uncalled for.
KTVI adds Rafer Weigel for the 6 and 10 PM newscasts, will be paired w/ Sandy Miller; O'Neal and Murphey will remain as 5 and 9 PM anchors : Lifestyles
A sportscaster from the Windy City, Rafer “Rafe” Weigel, will blow in to KTVI (Channel 2) in October — to do news.
Weigel will join Sandy Miller for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, beginning Oct. 6. Tom O’Neal and Mandy Murphey will remain on the 5 and 9 p.m. editions, a KTVI spokesperson said.
Weigel, 45, comes from WLS-TV in Chicago, where he was weekend sports anchor. Weigel also has worked for HLN Network, several stations in California and the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times.
His father, Tim Weigel, was a legendary WLS sportscaster; his mother, Kathy Worthington, is a former WGN-Radio news anchor. Weigel appeared in television and movies before going into journalism.
Chicago media pubs are dissecting the move, noting that Weigel joined WLS in March 2011 with expectations of eventually taking over his father’s No. 1 sportscaster position — something that didn’t sit well with the two longtime sports reporters in front of him at the station.
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Lisa Hart a terrible hire for Fox2; off to KSDK I go for the 4AM news
From now on during the 4AM hour, if I’m up during that time, my news loyalties will go to KSDK b/c they air the full hour of news whereas KMOV airs theirs at 4:30 (barring special circumstances) and due to Fox2’s unnecessary hire of no-talent Lisa Hart in the wake of Tim Ezell’s retirement and as a result of their stupid BS decision made on 01.06.2014 to yank Angie Mock off of mornings entirely to evenings way down the depth chart with no shot at reaching the anchor desk.
To be fair to Kim Hudson, I’ve respect her and like her as an anchor on that station and as the new 9AM host.
This means no more Fox2 at 4AM for me until they fire Hart and/or put Mock back on mornings.
I’ve tried to give Ms. Hart a chance, but I don’t care for her one bit.
Can Fox2 please fire Lisa Hart, and give her spot back to Angie Mock?
The handwriting was on the locker room wall.
Rafer Weigel, who once seemed destined to inherit his late father’s legacy as one of Chicago’s top sportscasters, is leaving town after little more than three years at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7.
He’s accepted a job as news anchor at KTVI-TV, the Fox affiliate in St. Louis, owned by Tribune Broadcasting. His last day on air at ABC 7 will be October 5.
Calling it “a new exciting direction for my career,” Weigel tweeted: “It’s been a privilege and an honor to follow in my dad’s footsteps and cover the teams I grew up with. This takes my career to another level.”
“Rafer has done a terrific job for us as weekend sports anchor, and I know you will all join me in wishing him the best as he makes this transition back to news,” Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7, told staffers in a memo Tuesday.
Despite the spin by his bosses, their willingness to let him out of his contract — and his move from the No. 3 market to No. 21 — suggest a once-rising star was no longer ascending.
Weigel, 45, joined ABC 7 with expectations of someday stepping into the top sports job held by the legendary Tim Weigel, who died of a brain tumor in 2001 at age 56. “His father is an important part of ABC 7′s sports legacy and we are thrilled that another Weigel will again be working the sports beat at our station,” Graves said of his hiring in March 2011.
Inspired by his father, the younger Weigel had given up a modest acting career and turned to journalism, first covering sports for the Sun-Times and hosting a weekly radio show on the former WCKG FM. He shifted to television news reporting at independent KUSI-TV in San Diego and CBS-owned KOVR-TV in Sacramento before joining HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” as sports anchor.
But the third-generation Chicago broadcasting scion apparently did little to endear himself to colleagues or the teams he covered for ABC 7. Talk of him as eventual successor to No. 1 sports anchor Mark Giangreco ended precipitously. (And the station’s No. 2 sports anchor, Jim Rose, a 32-year veteran of the station, wasn’t leaving any time soon either.)
ABC 7 insiders declined to speculate on replacements for Weigel, who anchored sports on weekends and reported during the week. But the vacancy again raises the possibility of the station adding the first female to its sports staff.
Where will he be slotted at and who will he be replacing at Fox2?