Reporting on the comings and goings of local television personalities is generally pretty cut-and-dry: Someone has decided to take a job with a local TV station or are leaving for another job. More often than not, they move on, there’s another station waiting for them.
David Bataller is a different — slightly fuzzy — story. When word began to spread that the ABC30 weekend sports personality was going to leave the local ABC station, he was asked about a possible departure.
“I would send you some info if I had any… but I don’t,” Bataller writes in an e-mail. “I’ve got a TON of irons in the fire (both in and out of the business) up and down the Western U.S. If one of those irons gets hot that’s where I’ll be. But where and when is still up in the air.”
This made it sound like he wasn’t leaving. But, his second e-mail later the same day said, “I am leaving. On my own accord. Not being laid off. Just going in a different direction.”
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In a series of tweets Bataller posted Sunday, July 12, he wrote:
“Tough set of tweets to write here so bear with me: Tonight is my last night here at @ABC30. The last 6.5 years have been amazing...”
“What exactly I’ll be doing next or where I’ll be doing it ... I know that I’ll have the love and support of so many people here.”
The only thing that’s clear is Bataller’s departure isn’t due to cutbacks. KFSN general manager Dan Adams would not discuss the personnel matters but stressed any staff changes were not the result of job cuts.