Imagine your first day on the job as a news anchor. A dream come true. But for newly-minted KFYR TV North Dakota news reader A.J. Clemente, the dream ended before it began when an open microphone caught him muttering “f…in’ s—” at the very second his debut newscast began. The station canned Clemente who nonetheless was gracious in his Twitter response. “Unfortunately KFYR TV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.”


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John Best has had a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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