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KTLA Information Anchor Mark Mester Fired After Off-Script Tribute to Former Colleague Lynette Romero

KTLA Information Anchor Mark Mester Fired After Off-Script Tribute to Former Colleague Lynette Romero

The newsroom drama at native Los Angeles TV stations confirmed no indicators of cooling off Thursday, as Mark Mester, weekend co-anchor at KTLA, was fired every week after administration suspended him for exhibiting assist for his departed colleague Lynette Romero, TheWrap has confirmed.

“Mark Mester is not employed by KTLA,” a spokesperson for the station’s dad or mum firm, Nexstar, advised TheWrap. “As it is a personnel matter, we’ll decline additional remark.”

Mester was let go Thursday afternoon, two KTLA insiders advised TheWrap. Basic supervisor Janene Drafs knowledgeable the newsroom of the firing throughout a short assembly, in response to the Los Angeles Instances, which first reported the firing.

Mester didn’t instantly reply to TheWrap’s request for remark.

As TheWrap beforehand reported, Mester was suspended earlier this week after his on-air tribute to Romero wherein he apologized on behalf of KTLA. Mester’s bio has been scrubbed from the KTLA web site — very similar to Romero’s was the week earlier than instantly after her abrupt departure.

Romero, reportedly beloved by her colleagues within the KTLA newsroom, wasn’t permitted to wash out her personal belongings or say goodbye to longtime viewers of the newscast. The Instances, citing nameless sources on the station, mentioned Romero was searching for a weekday anchor shift to spend extra time together with her household, however administration declined attributable to lack of openings.

Administration mentioned solely that she had left to pursue “one other alternative” and lamented that she selected to not keep.

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Mester went off-script throughout a Saturday broadcast, saying the dealing with of her exit was “merciless” and “inappropriate,” and apologized on the station’s behalf. The four-minute ad-lib ignored a written script from producers, who declined to point out footage of a airplane Mester employed to fly a banner over the station that mentioned “We love you Lynette.”

KTLA isn’t the one Los Angeles affiliate station coping with an anchor shake-up. ABC7 weekend anchor and normal project reporter Veronica Miracle announced that she’s leaving the station with out indicating the place she’s going subsequent.

Miracle introduced Tuesday on Twitter that she’s leaving ABC7, which she joined in 2017 after a three-year stint at ABC30 in Fresno, California. She additionally hinted in her farewell put up that she could also be leaving Southern California, saying “Thanks to everybody in SoCal and at ABC7 for the entire assist through the years, it’s meant a lot!”

Miracle’s bio web page was vacated on the ABC7 website following her announcement, and it doesn’t seem she was given an opportunity for an on-air signoff both, writing, “I anchored my final present a pair weeks in the past.” Neither Miracle nor ABC7 responded to requests for remark.

Extra reporting by Jethro Nededog.

This story was up to date to replicate Nexstar’s assertion. An earlier model of this story mistakenly referred to Lynette Romero by the flawed final title. TheWrap regrets the error.

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