Local L.A. TV Newsman Suspended Amid Controversy Over Co-Anchor’s Departure – Deadline


The commotion continued today at Nexstar-owned KTLA-TV in LA as an outlet Weekend Morning News Moderator Mark Mester has been suspended and the deadline has been confirmed.

Mester’s suspension comes less than a week after it was abruptly announced that his co-host Lynette Romero was leaving the network.

On Wednesday, the network’s longtime entertainment specialist Sam Rubin went on air with what he described as “some news that we’ve just been handed here that we wanted to share with you first.”

Rubin said in the message that Romero “decided to continue after almost 24 years at KTLA.”

He went on to say that management “worked hard” to get her to stay, but she chose to leave.

While none of the parties involved seem to dispute that Romero wanted to leave — including Romero himself — fans and supporters of the channel took to Twitter to lament their sudden departure. They were not alone in their disappointment.

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On Saturday, Romero’s co-host Mester went on the air and, seemingly of his own accord, offered viewers what he described as an “apology”: “What viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate and we are sorry.” .”

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Mester went on to explain that he was bothered by the fact that Romero’s departure was announced so suddenly and she didn’t have time to say goodbye to viewers. He called the announcement “unfortunate” and “inappropriate” and apologized again.

“I also want to apologize to Lynette Romero,” he continued, “because I love you so much, Lynette. You really are my best friend. You didn’t deserve what happened to you on Wednesday.”

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Apparently Mester’s comment was not well received by the station management, because it has now been suspended. There is no indication of how long or how this will affect the station Weekend Morning News.

Deadline has reached out to KTLA and will add any comments received.

Longtime KTLA reporter Dayna Devon announced the departure Weekend Morning News last month.





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