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November 1, 2006
John Alston speaks


John Alston, the Channel 3 main anchor (6 p.m. and 11 p.m.), who left the station Friday after he could not come to terms on a new contract, says he isn't looking to leave Sacramento.

"I'm not selling the house," Alston tells us. "I just socked in a cord or so of firewood. I plan on staying. I like it here, and I'm talking to other people (in the market)."

Hmm, could Alston be headed to News10, where former KCRA meteorologist Patty Souza wound up after her contract at Channel 3 ran out? Or maybe Alston will land at Fox40, which is looking for another morning anchor to team with Jennifer Parker?

All we know now is that he's left a gaping hole to fill at Channel 3, with November sweeps starting Thursday. Elliott Troshinsky, KCRA's honcho, says the station is "juggling its lineup" for the month, but you're likely to see Chris Riva team with Edie Lambert at 11 p.m., and Dave Walker and Edie doing the 6 o'clock news.

As they say in the news biz, stay tuned. And be sure to read more from Alston about his departure from Channel 3 - and who might replace him permanently at the station - in Tuesday's Media Savvy column in The Bee.

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