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Hairston Leaves Channel 4 Abruptly

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WIVB-TV anchor-reporter Mylous Hairston resigned today, six months after celebrating his 20th anniversary at the CBS affiliate.

Hairston, who was president of the local chapter of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and a negotiator in contract talks with the station’s owner, LIN Media, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

The timing of Hairston’s resignation – with a week left in the February sweeps – is extremely unusual.

The resignation was announced by Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial in a three-sentence email to the staff.

“I wanted to take a moment to pass along the news that Mylous Hairston is no longer with WIVB,” wrote Musial. “His last day was today. I appreciate his contributions over the years and wish him well and success in the future.”

According to sources, Hairston has told staffers that the decision to leave the top-rated news station was his. But some staff members are skeptical.

Hairston spent Wednesday and Thursday in AFTRA negotiations, which have resumed months after a contract was imposed on its members more than a year ago.

Hairston was described as “teary-eyed” as he cleaned out his desk today while a member of management watched.

The speculation inside the newsroom is that LIN may have proposed an attractive severance package to Hairston to give him an incentive to leave. The company is believed to be trying to rid itself of higher salaries. Channel 4 has been recently hiring reporters right out of college.

Hairston, who has been the station’s weekend anchor for years, came to WIVB in August of 1990 after stints in Syracuse and Elmira.

He made news almost two years ago when he was off the air recovering from heart surgery.

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3 responses to "Hairston Leaves Channel 4 Abruptly"

  1. At this rate, channel 4 is going to turn into channel 7 pretty quickly. They still don’t have a permanent weekend meteorologist, either… makes me wonder if Weekend Wake Up! is on the chopping block…

  2. Nicki Mayo says:

    WHAT??? A news organization possibly cut seniority for salary? really? noooo.[dripping with sarcasm]. That’s the business in a tough economy. On a happier note: I admired Mylous’ work and professionalism in the field. But mostly I admired that he had a chance to work at the SAME station 20+years. Sorry, but I’ll probably never get a shot to have such longevity in my young career.

  3. Tom W. says:

    They’ll probably keep Weekend Wake Up! but probably go with cheaper or less experienced talent. Who knows- some of the more experienced reporters could land at Channel 2. Several former Ch 4 and Ch 7 personalities have done very well there and have stayed long term.

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