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Film group head elected

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

TV anchor sets record

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — This just in: A New York television news anchor officially holds the world record for longest career as a TV news broadcaster.

This week, Guinness World Records sent a world record certificate to Don Alhart, who is now in his 51st year on-air at WHAM-TV in Rochester.

He started working there on June 6, 1966.

The previous record holder was Dave Ward of KTRK-TV in Houston, who worked as a news broadcaster for 49 years and 218 days. Ward retired in May.

The Associated Press

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