A Los Angeles tv station parted with a well-liked anchorman after he went on air to criticize administration’s dealing with of a colleague’s departure, officers stated Friday.
Mark Mester is not going to be within the anchor chair when KTLA’s “Weekend Morning Information” airs on Saturday, one week after he appeared to go off-script to tear the station for not staging a extra grand goodbye to his longtime co-anchor Lynette Romero.
“Mark Mester is not employed by KTLA,” in response to a press release Friday by Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group Inc., which owns CW affiliate Channel 5 in Southern California. “As this can be a personnel matter, we are going to decline additional remark.”
This previous Saturday, Mester appeared to choke again tears in telling viewers that the station needs to be ashamed of itself for not giving Romero a celebrated sendoff.
“I wish to begin off proper now by providing up an apology to you. What the viewers skilled was impolite, it was merciless, it was inappropriate and we’re so sorry,” Mester advised viewers in an emotional almost four-minute testomony to his former co-worker. “I additionally wish to make an apology to Lynette Romero. I like you a lot, you actually are my greatest good friend. You didn’t deserve what occurred to you on Wednesday.”
Mester’s monologue was delivered alongside three colleagues and accompanied by reels of Romero’s work and footage from her private life.
Three days earlier, KTLA weekday morning anchor Sam Rubin introduced on air that Romero had left the station.
The phrases Rubin learn on air final week mirrored a press release that Nexstar, which owns the station, made Friday to NBC Information, attributing it to KTLA Vice President and Normal Supervisor Janene Drafs.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has determined to maneuver on from anchoring our weekend morning information. We actually needed her to remain, and KTLA administration labored laborious to make that occur,” in response to Drafs’ assertion.
“Lynette determined to go away for one more alternative. We had hoped she would document a farewell message to viewers, however she declined,” the assertion stated. “Lynette has been an exquisite member of the KTLA household and we want her and her household one of the best.”
The barebones sendoff, although, did not fulfill Mester.
Though he praised Drafs on air Saturday, he took concern with unnamed bosses for the style of Romero’s exit. Mester stated Romero had left KTLA to pursue one other “alternative.”
“It was unlucky … it was inappropriate and we’re so sorry about that,” he stated of KTLA administration. “Lynette deserved to say goodbye. It did not occur. I do not know who wrote the script. I do not know who handed it to Sam Rubin. Regardless, this was a mistake. We owe you an apology, and we owe Lynette an apology.”
Mester didn’t reply to messages looking for touch upon Friday.
Longtime TV reporters and anchors will usually obtain loving, on-air sendoffs once they retire or go away their job.
However when these on-air personalities go away for a competing community or station, the separation is commonly instant with little or no point out by the soon-to-be former employer.
KTLA didn’t say if Romero had secured one other job, and she or he couldn’t be reached for touch upon Friday.
TV information contracts usually embody no-compete clauses, stopping a reporter or anchor from working at a rival station for a set time frame, usually six months.
Mester thanked Romero for her mentorship and stated he realized that “dignity and style” had been the keys to success.
“And that’s how we’ll say bye to you right this moment,” Mester stated on air. “We’ll give you dignity and style, which is what the station ought to have completed from the start.”
Mester advised viewers that an airplane dragging a “WE LOVE YOU LYNETTE!” message was flying over the station at that very second. He shared a video of the prop aircraft pulling the banner on his Instagram, writing: “Now’s the proper time to inform @lynetteromero you’re keen on her!”