You’ll recall Sunday, we were the only site to tell you about a blow up which turned violent in Victoria, Texas.
Newsblues.com FIRST reported the flare up between newly arrived KAVU (ABC) main anchor Joshua Peguero and weekend director Alejandro Javier Garcia.
Tipsters tell us they arrived Wednesday to find “an empty desk and all traces of Peguero erased from the newsroom. Nothing was said until about 5:30pm when a criptic note was sent from the GM. It was the basic…he’s no longer here we wish him well blah blah blah.”
Reportedly Garcia was suspended.
Peguero allegedly punched Garcia in the face while at a party Friday night in Victoria Texas.
It all reportedly began when a beverage was spilled but tipsters say there was more, possibly romance involving a female staffer at the heart of the issues.
Garcia told Newsblues.com his job wasn’t allegedly threatened by Peguero, as reported by tipsters.
However, he did not elaborate on what led to the violence.
Victoria Police Lt. Clay Fetters told Newsblues.com, “an assault report was generated about 12 hours after the incident was alleged to have happened.” Fetters confirmed a dispute between the two.
Fetters said he was unclear if Garcia’s nose was broken, and says the information will be turned over to detectives.
One employee told us, “We deserve better and must do better as an industry. We are the smallest station in Texas and the station has failed to pay main anchors enough to stay around. In one year we have lost 8 newsroom employees. We only have about 12 or 13.”
Peguero started at KAVU just last week, arriving from KTXS in Abilene, TX, and was due to make his on-air appearance this week.
This is the second incident involving violence between TV news staffers in recent months.
You’ll recall we told you last month about a meteorologist at a West Virginia TV station charged after allegedly shoving a news anchor and fracturing her skull.