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ABC Anchor David Muir Comes Back to WCVB

Before ascending to the the big chair at ABC World News Tonight, David Muir was a local anchor and reporter.

WCVB, one of the stations he worked for before going to ABC, brought him back to help promote the Boston ABC affiliate. Muir started at WCVB in 2000 and worked there until joining ABC News in 2003.

Last week, mediabistroTV sat down with Muir to ask about his first big break (look for it in the coming weeks). During the interview, he revealed his passion for reporting in the field and told us about a story that will air tonight on his show. Muir called them the “Lost Generation,” kids in Syria who have been forced to trade working in the classroom for working in the fields.

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Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

Mark Zinni Joining WFSB

zinni wjwMark Zinni will be joining Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB.

According to the Hartford Courant, Zinni will join Denise D’Ascenzo as co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news.

In the announcement by news director Dana Neves Thursday,  Zinni will also  “report during the day, and introduce folks to some different and interesting topics around Connecticut,” apparently also taking over some of the duties being left behind by departing reporter Kate Rayner.

WFSB anchor Dennis House tweeted out a welcome to Zinni.

Zinni announced he was leaving Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW earlier this month. He’s also worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT, WPRI in Providence, RI, WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and WICU in Erie, PA.

Tom Llamas Leaving WNBC

TomLlamasTom Llamas, an investigative reporter and anchor at WNBC who also works for NBC News as a fill-in anchor and correspondent, is leaving the NBC flagship. His last day is this Friday.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him all these years,” news director Susan Sullivan writes in a note, obtained by TVSpy. “Please join me in thanking Tom for his many contributions and wishing him well in his new venture.” We hear he’s network-bound.

Llamas’ agent Rick Ramage says Llamas’ next move will be announced in the coming days.

Llamas had a fast rise through NBC, starting as an associate producer at NBC and then MSNBC, working as a campaign embed during the 2004 elections, joining NBC’s WTVJ in Miami as a reporter in 2005, then returning to WNBC in 2008 as a reporter. Three years ago he was part of the re-launch of the 5pm newscast as co-anchor.

TunedIn first reported Llamas’ departure from WNBC.

WBZ Makes Expected Anchor Moves

wbz logo copyYesterday, we reported the GM of Boston CBS owned station WBZ said more changes were coming when he announced the addition of two anchors to the morning news.

Today, WBZ revealed those changes: Starting Monday, Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor the 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. on WBZ and the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

Chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, who will stay on at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. in addition to the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

“We are very fortunate that the entire WBZ-TV anchor team has great experience, a track record for outstanding journalism, strong local ties, and unmatched commitment to public service,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “These anchor assignments give us even more opportunities for the WBZ-TV news team to create the best content in the market, produce more investigative and enterprise reports, and continue to be the market’s #1 choice for news on the stories that matter most to our community.”

Last week, 6:00 p.m. anchor Jack Williams announced he was leaving the anchor desk.

Jay Towers Promoted to WJBK Morning News

towers wjbk croppedWJBK weekend anchor Jay Towers has been named co-anchor of FOX 2 Morning News for the Detroit FOX owned station.

“FOX 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends for the last 10 years,” said WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough. “We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.”

Towers will join Anqunette Jamison starting Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

For the last 10 years, Towers has anchored the weekend news and has been a feature reporter for FOX 2 News Weekend. He started his career as a 14-year-old radio DJ for WJRZ in Manahawkin, NJ.

After Arrest, Brendan Higgins Out at KTVT

HigginsThe Dallas Morning News reports KTVT anchor Brendan Higgins has left the CBS O&O in Dallas:

Lori Conrad, spokesperson for CBS11, tells Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that “Brendan Higgins is no longer with the station.”

Higgins was arrested after an incident in Aspen, Colorado, that involved a fistfight and allegations the news anchor threatened police officers. In his first public comments, Higgins posted a message to Facebook:

If my email inbox is any indication, many of you are wondering about a recent incident in Aspen, Colo., that resulted in my arrest. Sorry it took so long to issue a post as I’ve been dealing with the related matters. First, I need to apologize for the negative attention this incident has brought to my wife and our family, our friends and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m also sorry to the authorities in Aspen, who do a great job every day. I simply put myself and others in a bad situation, which will not happen again. My plan is to answer the legal charges against me. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support.

Former Miss Colorado Named AM Anchor at KOAA

cockrell koaaColorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA has named Shellene Cockrell morning anchor.

The Gazette reports, Cockrell, who was Miss Colorado in 1994, will join Adam Atchison, Stephen Bowers and Joanna Wise on the morning anchor desk after Labor Day.

“Shellene’s diverse background includes news anchoring and reporting, college basketball play-by-play (both men’s and women’s), and leadership and media coaching,” KOAA news director Kelly Duffy told The Gazette. “She’s a multifaceted journalist with three Emmys under her belt.”

According to her LinkedIn page, Cockrell has been freelancing as a host and anchor since 2005. She has also worked at KWGN and news radio station KOA in Denver.

Alison Morris Leaving WTIC

WTIC evening anchor Alison Morris is leaving the Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate.

She came to WTIC from KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010. She has also worked at CNBC Europe as a stock market reporter and producer.

Morris hasn’t said where she is going. She told TVSpy her last day is Friday.

In case you’re wondering, The JLo on the cake is not a famous singer dancer moonlighting in local TV, but a member of the production staff.

Jack Williams Says He’s Stepping Away from WBZ Anchor Desk

jack williams headshotAfter 39 years with the Boston CBS owned station WBZ, anchor Jack Williams said he wants to spend more time with his family.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams.  “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”

The “Jack Williams’ Endowment for Wednesday’s Child” was started by Williams and his wife Marci to help special needs children find permanent homes.

He started working as a TV journalist in 1968 and began anchoring at WBZ in 1975. In 2012, he stopped working on the 11:00 p.m. news, focusing, instead, on the 6:00 p.m. show.

Williams won a Columbia duPont Award in 2014, and Peabody in 2013, as part of team coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. In 2012, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and he’s in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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