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Rob Marciano Leaving ‘Entertainment Tonight’ for ABC News


Rob Marciano is exiting “Entertainment Tonight” and returning to the weather beat for ABC News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Marciano will join ABC as senior meteorologist in early September.

Marciano spent 10 years at CNN as a meteorologist and weather reporter. He left the network in late 2012 and in January, 2013 began co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside former local news anchor Nancy O’Dell.

The weekend editions of “Good Morning America” have been using meteorologists from ABC affiliates for the last 6 months, since Ginger Zee took on weekday duties. Zee replaced Sam Champion last December when Champion left ABC for the Weather Channel.

“The Wrap” was first to report Marciano was departing “ET.”

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Rob Marciano Leaves CNN To Become ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Co-Host

CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano is leaving the cable channel to become the co-host of the long-running entertainment news program “Entertainment Tonight.”

Marciano will join Nancy O’Dell in Los Angeles starting in January. “ET” had been seeking a new co-host since Mark Steines left the program over the Summer. A source close to Marciano tells TVNewser that while he was happy at CNN, he had been looking to move beyond weather reporting, and into more general news. “ET,” which launched in 1981, is the gold standard for entertainment news shows, and routinely draws between four and five million viewers every day, far more than any program on cable news, except perhaps for “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“This is a terrific opportunity for Rob,” a CNN spokesperson says. “We thank him for all his years of reporting for CNN and we wish him the best of luck.”

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Lara Spencer Returning to ‘Good Morning America’

Former ‘Good Morning America’ national correspondent Lara Spencer is returning to the ABC morning show as “lifestyle anchor” after a seven year hiatus. At “GMA” she “will focus on many issues including family, parenting, health, fitness and work/life balance,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff.

Spencer, who worked as a reporter for many years at WABC in New York City, joined “GMA” in 1999. She left in 2003 to become the co-anchor of “The Insider,” eventually moving to Los Angeles. At “The Insider,” she served as a regular contributor to CBS’ “The Early Show.”

Spencer was tapped to replace Mary Hart at “Entertainment Tonight” last August. Bad blood between Spencer and Hart ended up stopping the deal from happening, and Nancy O’Dell got the coveted gig.

Sherwood’s full note is after the jump.

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From Old Media to New, NBC News’ Digital Guru Keeps A Foot in Both

webnewserCES_12.30.jpgNBC News’s VP of digital media Mark Lukasiewicz is an old media executive who’s made the leap to new media. We wanted to know how he did it.

We caught up with “Luk” this afternoon in NBC’s massive CES booth, just after Nancy O’Dell had taped inserts for tonight’s Access Hollywood, and while Maria Bartiromo anchored Closing Bell on CNBC, and as a Universal Pictures movie trailer played in a giant LCD monitor, and attendees experimented with the Microsoft Surface and bloggers filled a lounge set up just for them. It’s that big.

We asked Lukasiewicz about making the move to digital and why NBCU stays committed to a presence at CES despite cutbacks at the company.

WaPo Subsidiary Buys Miami’s NBC Station

NBC6_7.17.jpgNBC has sold its south Florida station, WTVJ to Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. NBC bought WTVJ in 1987 for a reported $270 million. NBC was expected to fetch between $350 million and $400 million this time around. This will give Post-Newsweek two network-affiliated stations in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market, #1 rated WPLG (ABC) and #6 rated WTVJ (NBC), which should help the deal pass FCC muster.

“We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement to purchase such a historic station as WTVJ, the first TV station to broadcast in Florida. We look forward to both WPLG and WTVJ continuing to serve the South Florida community, said Post–Newsweek Stations CEO Alan Frank.

“Post-Newsweek has been a strong affiliate partner of ours for many years,” said NBC Local Media president John Wallace. “We look forward to working with Post-Newsweek as an affiliate owner for many years to come.”

NBC put WTVJ, and its Connecticut station WVIT, up for sale four months ago. Network anchors Katie Couric, Larry King, Rick Sanchez as well as Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell and the late NBC News anchor David Bloom are all WTVJ alum.

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> Update: TVNewser has obtained John Wallace’s memo to WTVJ staffers: “We expect the deal to close by the end of the year.” Click continued to read it…

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