Brian McFayden joins KGW as morning news anchor

Former HLN sports anchor Brian McFayden has joined KGW as a morning anchor of KGW News at Sunrise, beginning December 5, reports Oregon Live. He is relocating from Los Angeles, where he has lived since departing HLN in Atlanta in late 2015.

McFayden is expected to contribute to the show Portland Today as well.

“I’m excited he’s joining us,” says news director Rick Jacobs of McFayden. “He’s got a really diverse background in entertainment and journalism.”

Prior to his time at HLN, McFayden worked as a personality for MTV.


Susan Hendricks to anchor on HLN Thursday and Friday

Back on air after the birth of her son with her former CNN/HLN colleague Joe Carter, Susan Hendricks is scheduled to fill in today and on Friday for Michaela Pereira on her late morning show, Michaela.

When HLN was still led by Albie Hecht, Hendricks opted out of her contract in early 2015. But with Hecht out the door and Ken Jautz in charge of the network, she returned in early 2016 to anchor Weekend Express while Lynn Smith began her own maternity leave.

Following Smith’s return, Hendricks took her own maternity leave.

An HLN spokeswoman says Hendricks is working as a freelance anchor with the network.


Yasmin Vossoughian off on maternity leave

HLN anchor Yasmin Vossoughian is off the air on maternity leave, after giving birth to her son, Azur Vossoughian Clifford. Her show, The Daily Share, was taken off of the air around the time she went on leave to make room for Erica Hill’s new daytime show, On the Story.

But on Twitter, Vossoughian has hinted that even though the show has been canceled, there may be more to come for her in the form of anchoring.

“More changes coming soon!” she tweeted.


Brianna Keilar to anchor the 12pm hour after Election Day?

CNN senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar seems poised to take over the 12pm hour on CNN following Election Day. Inside Politics has aired in the noon hour, since replacing Ashleigh Banfield when she moved to HLN primetime.

Yet beginning next Monday, November 14, tv guides indicate that the branding will be CNN Newsroom with Brianna Keilar, which is a surprise to few.

Throughout the election cycle, Keilar has covered the campaign and has sub-anchored, and has managed to make plenty of headlines for her tough questioning, including her viral moment with a Donald Trump advisor concerning polling, leaving him silent. (Video is embedded below).

Earlier this year, Keilar was engaged.


Nancy Grace’s new gig: crime-fighting website

Former HLN host Nancy Grace has landed on her feet since her eponymous program on CNN’s sister channel ended: she is launching a new crime-fighting website, as she revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan.

She said in the interview that she thinks this platform will allow her to garner more attention for victims.Crimes are being committed 24/7, 365 days a year. My show aired one hour a day, and then a repeat at 2 a.m.”

Her new venture, however, will give her the opportunity to offer more coverage.

“I am launching a website, a crime-fighting website, a community. I will be writing for the website and curating content. Also, we’ll have social media, Facebook Live, and a podcast. I’m really excited about it, and I believe we will help people — find missing people, solve unsolved homicides,” Grace told Cosmoplitan.


Robin Meade turns to Charlie’s Angels for Halloween

As has become customary on Morning Express, the team dressed up for Halloween.

HLN anchors Robin Meade, Jennifer Westhoven, Melissa Knowles, Bob Van Dillen, Coy Wire and Hines Ward all played various parts of their re-enactment of Charlie’s Angel.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer played the part of Charlie; he also participated in Morning Express‘s 2015 Halloween get-up.


Producer who was fired after complaining to Ashleigh Banfield sues CNN

Former associate producer Omar Butcher alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia, that CNN discriminated against him both racially and religiously, reports The Daily Mail.

In his suit, he alleges he was fired a day after he e-mailed former CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, taking issue with an on-air segment on whether society had ”lost a generation” due to violence in the African-American community. (Banfield has since moved to HLN primetime).

Butcher took issue with colleagues using “profane language,” and asking coworkers to not “take the Lord’s name in vain” in his presence.

When Banfield wondered on-air, whether “there is an entire generation out that there cannot be changed, that cannot be reached, they just have to age and die?” It prompted him to send Banfield an e-mail in which he explained his issues and noted that she did not make similar remarks in a segment about young white males who kill.

The CNN anchor fired back, allegedly, by asking whether Butcher was insinuating she was “a racist,” and informed management of the situation.

According to the suit, he was terminated from his job the following day.

The Daily Mail notes he is seeking full back pay from the day he was terminated, reinstatement of his former position with same pay grade and front pay to compensate him for future wages, benefits and pension and compensatory and punitive damages along with his attorney fees.


AT&T buys Time Warner, promises independence for CNN

In a deal expected to close by 2017, the Wall Street Journal reports AT&T has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner at $85.4 billion, or about $107.50 a share. The companies agreed that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes would stay for an interim period following the close of the deal to help with the transition.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson noted, “Ensuring the public that CNN remains independent from an editorial perspective is critical.”

His email described CNN as “an American symbol of independent journalism and First Amendment free speech.”

“We are fully appreciative and cognizant of that kind of independence. I think you can begin to destroy a brand like CNN if you begin to meddle in its independence,” Stephenson said to CNNMoney correspondent Brian Stelter.