By Alan Pergament
Pete Gallivan, who left Channel 2 in March to take a public relations job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, is returning to the NBC affiliate next week in a role specifically designed for his talents.
Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said that Gallivan will work as a reporter and fill-in anchor as well as being a big part of the Channel 2 sports team.
He is essentially taking part of the spot vacated by Ed Kilgore, who left the sports department a few months ago to work for Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
The move was not a total surprise since there had been speculation that Gallivan wasn't happy in his new PR job and was considering a return to TV.
My Sunday column included a line that predicted Gallivan would be the first person who left TV to work in public relations to return to TV.
During his Channel 2 career, Gallivan has frequently reported on the Buffalo Sabres and he has a strong interest in sports. Toellner likened his new role as being similar to what former Channel 2 sports anchor and reporter Matt Pearl did before he left the station.
"We are really glad that Pete has returned to his true calling, chronicling the stories of the people, places and history of WNY," emailed Toellner. "His recent although brief sojourn in New York politics can only add to his rich perspective."
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