Wednesday, February 09, 2011

"KRIV and Barajas mutually agreed to part ways"

A KRIV FOX 26 spokesperson confirmed to me after my initial post about Mike Barajas being removed from the station's website that, "KRIV and (anchor Mike) Barajas mutually agreed to part ways.”

It was back on January 16th, that I blogged how Fox 26 KRIV employees told me anchor Mike Barajas was gone. A few days later FOX TV told me he was listed as on vacation. Then the Houston Chronicle's Ken Hoffman found out Barajas was not scheduled to anchor a newscast.

I think anyone who knew something about the TV business could read between the lines on what was really happening.

According to Barajas' online bio, he was with FOX 26 since 1986. He started out as the weekend anchor and was later promoted to anchoring the midday newscast. In 1992, he was promoted to the main newscast FOX 26 News at 9. Before KRIV, Barajas was a reporter for KPRC.

And as I have written before, KTRK 13 anchor Erik Barajas is Mike's nephew. Once again, Houston will only know what it is like to have one Barajas on TV news.

I reached out to Mr. Barajas through an intermediary. Have not heard back from him.

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- FOX: KRIV 26 anchor Mike Barajas is on vacation
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22 comments:

  1. I am trying to tell you people he is going to KTUU. Here is the website: http://www.ktuu.com/

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  2. "in the know"... AND I'M TELLING YOU.. YOU'RE AN IDIOT. NO HE IS NOT!
    THERE IS A MICHAEL BARAJAS THAT WORKS THERE, BUT MIKE BARAJAS IS NOT...I REPEAT NOT GOING TO ALASKA. GET A LIFE PLEASE

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  3. Good Luck Mike Barajas in whatever you do.

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  4. Mike is respected in a lot of the markets. I am betting one of them will pick him up. Fox had really gone busted in the past two years or so. I will not watch them for any reason.

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  5. I could be wrong, but I believe his experience at KPRC was primarily at their radio station.

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  6. Who will replace him?

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  7. Fox O&O's were told to cut salaries at contract renewals. That's why so many people have left.

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  8. Rosemary Guzman2/09/2011 10:37:00 PM

    It is unfortunate that FOX has made this huge mistake. Mike is and has been one of the best anchors Fox news @ 9 has seen. Mike's professionalism was conveyed unlike any other. He will be sorely missed. No doubt FOX will endure the consequences of poor ratings.

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  9. @anon 7:12pm No, Barajas used to be a reporter for Channel 2 KPRC, not the radio station, back in the early to mid-80s. He left there to go to Fox KRIV around the time that Fox became a "real" network.

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  10. He Had a wonderful career and will be missed.
    You can't replace a man of his caliber, in the newsroom or the real world.
    I know he's going to be just fine.
    (life is good)

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  11. Marisela Salinas2/10/2011 01:24:00 AM

    The GM will never admit it, but removing Mike as his Prime Time Anchor will cost him dearly. Mike aside from being a respected Anchor took great pride in working for FOX 26 and very proud to be working in Houston, his hometown. He will be missed but know that he will be fine ... Life is Good!

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  12. They booted Barajas and brought in no one of consequence? Then they flat out lied about it when you asked where he was? The boss man must really be desperate. They should put Stipe on at night. Then we might get to see a punch in the face on live TV.

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  13. hi Anon @ 2/09/2011 2/09/2011 05:00:00 PM,

    Are you sure it is not the Mike Barajas going to KTUU? check your facts and watch me be right.

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  14. So much for Fox 26 being a credible news organization. They can't even get the facts straight about their own company. A month ago, they said Mike was on vacation knowing darn well that he was gone for good. They lied to their viewers. I guess we can't trust anything they say from here on out.

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  15. Yet the sleepy eyes hack and the horse faced blonde still are employed? Typical Fox....

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  16. With a couple exceptions Fox has managed to assemble the worst arsenal of anchors. As for reporters, they have a few left of the old guard, those are far better than any that have been hired in recent years. The latest reporters look like they just graduated from high school, and when they talk you realize they may still be in high school. A really bad, HISD or North Forest high school.

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  17. Just another reason for me to watch channel 39 news instead...

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  18. Channel 39 has a news? I would never go that low and switch.

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  19. Well, not all of us are awake at 10pm due to our jobs. And at least 39 doesn't have that much fluff and go too heavy on the political stuff like 26 does.

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  20. Mike is a news veteran. How do you replace a guy like that? Not by bringing in 20 somethings. I liked Fox better when the reporters didn't look like they fresh out of college.

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  21. "mutually agreed to part ways". In other words there was no lawsuit.

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  22. Mark Berman, Andrea Watkins, Randy Wallace and Jose Grinan are the only longtime people left at Fox 26.

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