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    Default After Matt Makens and Eric Kahnert's departures, even more people leaving KMGH Denver7

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    Matt Makens, who with his wife is expecting a baby in May, is jobless after being summarily fired from KMGH-Channel 7. He's still forecasting on Facebook, but he needs a fulltime gig.

    In advance of his contract expiring on Dec. 15, the station offered him a one-year deal. Essentially, “a nice way of firing someone,” Makens said. He was given one day to sleep on the idea. The next night, following the newscast at 10:35 p.m., Makens was surprised when he was stripped of his badge, phone and computer and shown the door.

    Note the station doesn’t see it that way: “He was offered a new contract and elected to move on,” General Manager Brad Remington said via email.

    Makens said if he’d known he was going to be axed, he would have had audition tapes out to potential employers. He has now met with every TV station in town, with no jobs turning up. Currently he’s sitting out his non-compete clause, through June 15.

    For now, “the baby is my priority,” he said. He’s got the nursery ready, painted pink and green. His wife Hillary Pfiefer Makens, senior assignment editor at KDVR, understands the perilous business (but can’t be happy with KMGH).

    So what happened? Makens joined KMGH-Channel 7 as the No. 2 meteorologist in 2010. He knew at the time he’d be gaining experience while waiting for No. 1 weatherguy Mike Nelson to ease off the beat.

    Nelson, chief meterologist at 7News since 2004, who held the same title at KUSA-Channel 9 from 1991 to 2004, isn’t going anywhere. The word is that Nelson didn’t take kindly to the up-and-comer.

    Makens has been getting 20 emails a day asking where he’s gone.

    By summer, the Makens family will either move to another market to start over, or a job will reveal itself in Denver. “I’m just in a holding pattern,” Makens said.


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    Default Anchor Eric Kahnert out at KMGH-Channel 7 in Denver

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    Eric Kahnert and Denver7 have made a "mutual decision to part ways," according to KMGH-Channel 7 News Director Lindsay Radford.

    “Eric has a family medical issue that needs all of his attention right now. He is no longer an employee with Denver7. We wish him the best.”

    Kahnert, a former KUSA weekend anchor, stepped in to fill the slot vacated by Mike Landess in 2014. He arrived just before News Director Byron Grandy departed.

    The KMGH announcement seems an odd blend of the standard “parting ways” sendoff, so common in the field, and a more supportive medical notice indicating a continuing relationship.

    Radford was not immediately available for comment. Kahnert posted a similar note on Twitter:


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    Default After Eric Kahnert's departure, even more people leaving Denver7

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    In the wake of the abrupt departure of anchor Eric Kahnert from KMGH-Channel 7 comes word of a few more departing staffers:

    Jon Stone, executive producer of news, is leaving to go to the University of Denver on the marketing side; Jaime Berg, news producer, is leaving to join KUSA-Channel 9.

    Another earlier departure was Kim Nguyen, a valued staffer who helped launch the station’s website (and who won a regional Murrow Award for She jumped without a soft landing spot.

    Lindsay Watts, a reporter for KMGH, left earlier this month and is back in Washington, D.C., as a reporter for the Fox affiliate.

    No replacement for Kahnert has been named. KMGH News Director Lindsay Radford said she has a few candidates in mind as part of an ongoing national search.

    “We’ve hired more than 25 people since I arrived. They’re going to be some attrition from any newsroom.”




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