Monday, February 07, 2011

Fox 26 KRIV anchor Mike Barajas "not scheduled" for newscasts

UPDATE 2/9
Anchor Mike Barajas off Fox 26 KRIV website

The 'Where is Fox 26 KRIV anchor Mike Barajas Game' is still being played. You might remember how I originally posted that he was possibly out of the picture, then FOX told me he was on vacation and now the Houston Chronicle's Ken Hoffman continues the game in his latest column's mailbag segment:

What has happened to Mike Barajas on Channel 26? Will he be back?
- Jesse Foroi Jr., Houston

I called Channel 26 and asked, "Is Mike Barajas still with Channel 26?" The answer was, "He is not currently scheduled to be on the newscast." I asked, "What does that mean?" The spokesman said, "I was not told how to interpret that, just what to say when someone asks that question." I will interpret then, but this is merely a guess based on nothing. I think it means Barajas is still on the payroll until some agreement can be worked out. Or he is on personal leave. Who knows? His bio is still on the Channel 26 website, so he's technically still an employee. READ MORE

Glad Hoffman is on the case, I played phone tag with FOX last week.

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20 comments:

  1. I hear Mike will be leaving KRIV and going to KTUU. Here is the website: http://www.ktuu.com/

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  2. Mike is a Houston man and will likely stay here. In the meantime, I hear ratings are down at Fox. Mike needs to come back from his extended vacation.

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  3. Alaska?? There's a dramatic switch.

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  4. My advice-- They'd better schedule him for newscasts or learn how to interpret the reason for the lack of decent ratings...

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  5. What a joke. Just admit it, KRIV. If you're ashamed of the decision, you shouldn't have made it in the first place ...

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  6. They'll never take him back 'cause GM F'artanian would have to eat crow, and that ain't happening.

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  7. How does FOX justify letting the most prominent Hispanic broadcaster in Houston get away in a city where Hispanics are the majority at more than 50 percent. This is the year the new census figures come out.

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  8. "in the know" you are an idiot. There is a MICHAEL BARAJAS that works at that station. It's not the same person.

    Anyway it's week 4, the desk is still empty and Mike B is still on "vacation". Uh. ok....

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  9. Mike's prominent alright, but I'd argue Bill Balleza is the most prominent Hispanic broadcaster in Houston.

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  10. Yeah, but nobody Likes Bill Balleza.. He's old fashioned, boring and smooth talking. Mike Barajas is fresh even though he's older, funny, nice and a legend, he's the kind of guy that makes you want to watch the news... Bill Balleza doesen't make me want to watch the news...

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  11. you're both wrong.. they're both boring.. not to mention old. next.

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  12. The problem isn't Ballezza or Barajas...it's the pompus, fake everything illiterate hags who they are forced to sit next to every night. Get rid of the ugly "eye candy" -- they do nothing but offer us laughs.

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  13. hi Anon @ 2/07/2011 03:50:00 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. He is no longer listed on the Fox 26 Web site; that is new as of today: More

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  15. JUST TO REITERNATE WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS. MIKE'S DESK IS EMPTY AND HAS BEEN FOR A MONTH... HIS BIO IS FINALLY OFF FOX'S WEBSITE. WHICH WILL FINALLY PUT THOSE "VACATION" RUMORS TO REST. ARE WE COMPLETELY CLEAR NOW. COOL. THANKS.

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  16. 20 + years and they just parted ways? hmmm. More than unwatchable now.

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  17. Mike is at the top of the list as far as class off air goes. On-air, Mike was as professional as any other anchor in town. Mike is way too classy for that rag tag outfit known as KRIV. That station used to be great years ago. I believe they had much higher ratings years ago too. The wrong guy was let go. They one they need to let go is at the top of the food chain. They need to dump that General Manager. That is what will really turn KRIV around.

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  18. What will KRIV do next? Is Tom Zizka the man? I thought he did mornings? Will they hire from outside, or just shuffle people around internally and call it a day, while also saving lots of money? Anybody hearing anything?

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  19. SO KRIV decides to kick Mike out of the building without so much as a thank you and a good luck wish. That's cold. This is how that Shit hole station rewards loyalty. When Dart is shown the door they will have a party- biggest in station history. Of course Dart won't be invited.

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  20. Erik Barajas Told Mike Barajas: I Will Be Missed My Uncle Mike At FOX 26 Houston. SO SAD!

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