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    News release this afternoon - Expensive Ben booted for less expensive Amber-Lynn:

    Media Contact:

    Tod Pritchard, KITV News Director

    Tel: (808) 535-0469

    Amber-Lynn Hyden to take over Morning Weather Anchor duties

    HONOLULU (December 16, 2008)-KITV announces that Amber-Lynn Hyden will take over the Morning Weather Anchor position starting January 2, 2009. Amber-Lynn will join Dan Meisenzahl and Mahealani Richardson on KITV 4 Island Television News This Morning from 5 - 7 a.m. weekdays.

    Amber-Lynn joined KITV as Weekend Weather Anchor in July 2008. "Amber-Lynn has proven herself to be a smart, hard worker here at KITV. Her attitude and energy will be a great addition to our morning newscast," said Tod Pritchard, KITV News Director.

    Amber-Lynn's promotion is one element in a series of changes planned for KITV 4 Island Television News This Morning over the next several weeks. These changes will add resources to Island Television News giving viewers more reasons to watch.

    KITV 4, an ABC affiliate, is owned by Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. (NYSE: HTV), which owns 24 television stations, and manages an additional three television and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets. The company's television stations reach approximately 17.7 percent of U.S. TV households, making it one of the two largest U.S. television station groups not primarily aligned with a single network, as well as one of the seven largest television groups overall as measured by audience delivered.
    Hearst-Argyle Television is also involved in television production and syndication, through a partnership with NBC Enterprises, and is a leader in the convergence of local broadcast television and interactivity.

    Hearst-Argyle's corporate Web address is www.hearstargyle.com. KITV 4's Web address is www.KITV.com.

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    Default Re: Ben Guttierrez out at KITV

    Poor Ben. Any mention as to where he's heading?

    Poor Dan. He gotta handle two titas in the morning.
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    Whoa. And no mention of Ben in the release at all.

    I've been lucky to get to know the KITV morning team pretty well. Of the bunch, I've always been immensely impressed with Ben's work. You hear everyone talk about up to the minute forecasts, but Ben was the real deal. Studying data right up until his segment, then coming into the studio and working that bluescreen like a pro -- usually with nary a note or prompt, yet smooth and silk, not missing a beat.

    Weather seemed in his blood, totally natural, speaking the language natively yet still warm and friendly and playful on the air for everything else, including the occasional news piece.

    Frankly, in terms of experience, qualifications, and genuine passion for meteorology, I thought KITV had the deepest resources in the combination of Ben and Justin.

    I do know that Ben had many other interests, among them music and other artistic pursuits, so I hope this change creates more opportunities for him with things he loves.

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    I'm sad to hear of this.

    Ben is my favorite weather person.

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    Default Re: Ben Guttierrez out at KITV

    Methinks Benny boy needs to get hissef some boobs if he wants to stay employed in this TV weather market.

    *DUCKS*

    Seriously, sorry to hear. I saw Ben in action covering a story IRL for the first time two weeks ago. My impression was completely different from my impression of him on camera doing weather. I saw a completely different side of the guy while he was interviewing his subject. I saw an extremely good journalist hard at work that day.

    Good luck to you, Ben.
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    Seriously. The guy has some strong journalism chops. I'm not even sure if weather was what he wanted to do, or if he just fell into it. But he didn't waste an ounce of skill and professionalism in front of the blue screen or at the weather terminal. I imagine that whatever he did, he'd do it well.

    Longtime journalist (including former news director and talk show host) booted in favor of a former flight attendant. I guess this is the new reality we're always trying to adjust to -- but hopefully never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Poor Dan. He gotta handle two titas in the morning.
    Are you talking about Amber Lynn Hyden and Mahealani Richardson or Amber Lynns'?
    Btw, Ben G. has a good, clear radio voice.
    Last edited by Walkoff Balk; December 16th, 2008 at 08:42 PM. Reason: spelling, add

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Are you talking about Amber Lynn Hyden and Mahealani Richardson or Amber Lynns'?
    The clean PG-rated choice.
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    Curious question is the competitive clause agreement (staying off-air for 6 months before you can depart for another local station) in effect if the person is let go from the job? Could they jump to another station right away?
    Or is this just in play when someone leaves a station on his/her own free will?

    Aj

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    If KITV tried to enforce a non-compete, they would have a serious lawsuit on their hands - can't deprive a person the right to employment in her/his "normal" field of work if they have caused the unemployment. (Common sense opinion as opposed to any informed legal opinion. But common sense does not always prevail...as the KITV decision clealy illustrates.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimo View Post
    If KITV tried to enforce a non-compete, they would have a serious lawsuit on their hands - can't deprive a person the right to employment in her/his "normal" field of work if they have caused the unemployment. (Common sense opinion as opposed to any informed legal opinion. But common sense does not always prevail...as the KITV decision clealy illustrates.)
    Noncompetes are common in Hawaii broadcasting and are regularly enforced/honored. Been there done that. The trick is, to get whatever noncompete the employer proposes, negotiated down (from three months to 30 days, or the best your attorney can get) BEFORE signing the employment agreement. The very reason Tannya Joaquin cannot start on the air at KGMB until Feb. is a noncompete clause. You sign it, you live by it.

    One radio guy decades ago broke a noncompete by going "across the street," from station X to station Y. Station X won the legal battle. DJ/station Y had to PAY. BIG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle View Post
    One radio guy decades ago broke a noncompete by going "across the street," from station X to station Y. Station X won the legal battle. DJ/station Y had to PAY. BIG.
    Wonder if that was Bill Anderson (Adam West), supposedly he literally left one station and drove his car over to the other station and started working right away, almost like a publicity stunt. Maybe they didn't have those rules back then?

    Aj

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    Hope Ben lands something soon, always enjoy it when he plays Mufi at the Gridiron every year!

    Aj

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    The absence of any mention of Ben in the news release alarmed me as well, esp. since I'd heard about his situation earlier in the week. He's in my column today.
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    Ben has no concrete plans but has high praise for his colleagues at KITV and says he will miss them.
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    Erika has it in her column in today's Star-Bulletin, and (as expected) Ben is handling this situation with his trademark class:

    "It's been really a privilege to work with some of the most experienced people in the business at a time when there are fewer and fewer real journalists in the business," he said, adding that KITV photographers "are among the best in the business in Hawaii I can't say enough about them."

    http://www.starbulletin.com/business...rlds_best.html

    I guess they're going "style" over substance. Best wishes to Ben. I hate to see him go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle View Post
    The absence of any mention of Ben in the news release alarmed me as well, esp. since I'd heard about his situation earlier in the week. He's in my column today.
    Orig. URL: http://www.starbulletin.com/business...l?page=all&c=y
    Shortened URL: http://www.hsblinks.com/1p
    Ben has no concrete plans but has high praise for his colleagues at KITV and says he will miss them.

    D'Oh! Beaten to the punch by Erika herself!

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    Thanks for that, but it seems Kimo the insider got and posted the news release yesterday afternoon, with a comment about the differences between veteran Ben's salary and newbie Amber-Lynn's salary.

    I claim no credit for being first on HT w/the news, but I was able to get hold of Ben yesterday (thanks to a little birdie) so that I could have quotes from him in my column.

    I've known of Ben's work longer than I've known Ben personally and have tons of respect for him professionally and personally. He's smart and funny as a whip -- and Gridiron would suffer tremendously without his stellar writing and performing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle View Post
    The absence of any mention of Ben in the news release alarmed me as well, esp. since I'd heard about his situation earlier in the week. He's in my column today.
    Orig. URL: http://www.starbulletin.com/business...l?page=all&c=y
    Shortened URL: http://www.hsblinks.com/1p
    Ben has no concrete plans but has high praise for his colleagues at KITV and says he will miss them.
    In today's economy, if there is to be a noncompete clause, I better have a very lengthy severance package.
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    Default Re: Ben Guttierrez out at KITV

    I wonder what other changes will be in-store for KITV and the morning show. Of course, more to follow...


    Anyways, I wish Ben on his future endeavors. Hope at least he returns to radio. He has such a good voice for the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimo View Post
    "Amber-Lynn has proven herself to be a smart, hard worker here at KITV. Her attitude and energy will be a great addition to our morning newscast," said Tod Pritchard, KITV News Director.
    Hmmm. Her "attitude and energy will be a great addition"? Isn't that kind of implying that Ben didn't have good attitude and energy?

    Amber-Lynn's promotion is one element in a series of changes planned for KITV 4 Island Television News This Morning over the next several weeks.
    I wonder what other changes are planned.

    Anyway, I too wish Ben all the best. I had the pleasure of working on air with him at KHNR (CNN Hawaii news radio) for a while, before he went to KITV. Maybe a wee bit of ego problem back then, but he was very professional, thorough, full of energy, and extremely bright. I'm sure he'll land on his feet and do well at whatever he attempts next.
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    Very sorry to hear this. Like others here have said, Ben is a class act and was always fun to talk to in the field.

    A man with a quick wit, a sense of humor and a great voice.

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    Sad to hear that Ben is leaving. I wish him the best in his future endeavors. I guess this also means that Amber Lynn won't be doing the weekend weather anymore. Since we are talking about KITV I am watching the 5pm newscast and saw a new reporter Kyle Sekimoto. Is he new to the news business or has he worked with other stations?

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    Didn't he used to work on the desk at kgmb?

    Maybe some of the KGMB'ers can chime in.

    Anyway, congrats Kyle! You made it!

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    Looks like maybe KITV took Ben's salary and split it in two, to give Amber a raise and to hire Kyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    Didn't he used to work on the desk at kgmb?

    Maybe some of the KGMB'ers can chime in.

    Anyway, congrats Kyle! You made it!
    Yes, he did. Kyle will do just fine as a reporter!

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