L.A. News Anchor Mark Mester Fired After Calling Out KTLA – Deadline

Mark Master was fired from LA TV station KTLA days after he was suspended for openly calling out his bosses for their handling of the departure of co-host Lynette Romero.

According to Los Angeles Times, KTLA general manager Janene Drafs announced in a newsroom meeting that Mester had been fired. The local news anchor page on KTLA now forwards to a news team page where Mester is no longer listed either.

Last week, Sam Rubin went on air to read a statement from KTLA announcing that longtime anchor Lynette Romero had left the station.

“After nearly 24 years, Lynette Romero, our friend Lynette, has decided to move on from anchoring our weekend morning news,” Rubin read. “KTLA management had hoped that she would stay here her entire career and KTLA worked hard to make that happen, but Lynette decided to move on to another opportunity elsewhere.”

Romero was unable to say goodbye to viewers and there was no farewell video package in his honor, which angered many loyalists.

Mester, who had co-hosted the newscast with Romero, went on air to give her friend a good start and wish her the best in her new job opportunity and called out KTLA for how the announcement has been managed.

“What viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate, and we’re so sorry,” Mester said. “I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero because, Lynette, I love you so much. You really are my best friend. You didn’t deserve what happened to you on Wednesday.

Mester would later be suspended from his duties at KTLA, later making the decision to cut ties with him.

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