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Gray, Cruz Exiting Local TV News

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This is what I’m thinking:

* Say goodbye to Channel 7 reporter Laura Gray.

She is leaving Television’s Titanic on Friday to become a communications specialist at Delaware North.

I thought so highly of Gray that I wondered why she wasn’t given the co-anchor slot instead of Bridget Blythe on “Eyewitness News This Morning” or whatever it is called now.

Channel 7 apparently plans on replacing her with someone just out of college. It has sent out feelers to the Buffalo State College communications department for a person who can shoot his or her own stories. 

*Channel 7 management and negotiators for the union that represents technicians and on-air talent at the station, NABET, have reached a tentative agreement that will be voted on by union members at a meeting tonight.

NABET members have been working on a contract imposed by management for two years.

If the vote passes and labor peace is achieved, the station may be more attractive to potential buyers.

* Say goodbye to Channel 4 reporter Tricia Cruz, who confirmed that she is leaving the top-rated station in town Wednesday, when her contract expires.

“I am taking time off to spend with my parents, who spend most of their time in Santiago, Chile,” she wrote in an email to stilltalkintv.

Cruz wrote that she was not planning to renew her contract and gave a month’s notice that she was leaving. She doesn’t have a job lined up and wrote she is looking “for something outside of TV.”

“For as much as I’ve enjoyed working in Buffalo and at Channel 4 — it’s time for me to move on,” she wrote.

The departure of Cruz should please some viewers since she was frequently the target of people who were annoyed by her voice and style. Those things never troubled me. I thought her voice was distinctive.

* The Buffalo News ran a story Wednesday about declining national ratings for Sunday’s Oscars on ABC. The only place to read about the declining local ratings on Channel 7 was here. The 24.1 rating on Channel 7 was about 7 percent lower than the rating for the 2010 Oscars here. But it was still higher than the 21.0 national rating.

* It was no surprise that Showtime renewed the Matt LeBlanc comedy “episodes” for another season. It was well received by critics. However, the renewal of the drama “Shameless” – which was critically slammed – was a surprise.

Showtime also announced that “Nurse Jackie” and “The United States of Tara” return on March 28. “Weeds” and “The Big C” return June 27.

* TV Land has renewed “Hot in Cleveland” with Betty White, Williamsville’s Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves (see cast picture above) for a third season. No surprise there. It is a ratings hit for the basic cable channel.

* Loved Tuesday’s “The Good Wife” February finale, even if I saw the surprising twist about the partnership vote 30 minutes before the end. It was telegraphed. I’ll give you time to watch it on your DVR before talking more about it.

*Speaking of “The Good Wife,” Channel 4 ran some annoying crawls Tuesday telling DISH subscribers they could lose the channel and WNLO on Friday if a new deal between DISH and the stations’ owner, LIN Media, isn’t reached. Puh-lease. Enough already. Most HD sets can easily get the LIN Media channels with a rabbit ears antenna attached. If I were DISH officials, I wouldn’t be in any hurry to pay LIN to carry the channels. It isn’t like the channels carry Buffalo Sabres games. 

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1 response to "Gray, Cruz Exiting Local TV News"

  1. Mark says:

    I agree with your assessment of Tricia Cruz. While sometimes rough around the edges, she came off as real vs. polished. I hope she can find something that keeps her in the public eye. I think she will do fine in the long run.

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