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Veteran KWCH Anchor Kim Setty Dies Of Cancer At 47

Longtime KWCH anchor Kim Setty died last night after a long battle with breast cancer, the station announced today. She was 47.

Setty joined the Wichita CBS-affiliate in 1988 as the producer and anchor of the noon newscast. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, which caused her to lose her blonde hair.

After her recovery, she returned to work as a redhead. In 2010, Setty announced she was battling cancer once again. She worked, still anchoring and producing the noon newscast, until her doctors insisted she stop, in the summer of 2011.

In a statement on the KWCH website, news director Chad Cross remembers Setty for her “diligence on the job, determination and dignity through cancer, and her down-to-earth and lighthearted character.” Read more

Anchor Gus Rosendale Leaving KSTP for New York

Anchor Gus Rosendale is leaving KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul for a job in New York.

Rosendale, who joined KSTP in December 2010, told Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. this week that he has landed “an on-air gig in New York.”  Though he wouldn’t confirm where he is going, the word on the street is that he’s joining WNBC.

Both Rosendale and WNBC have not yet returned requests for comment.

Before joining KSTP, Rosendale was the main anchor at WPTZ in Burlington-Plattsburgh.  His final day with the Twin Cities ABC-affiliate will reportedly be Friday.  He expects to start in New York in “a couple of weeks.”

WFXT’s Kim Carrigan: ‘I Really Hoped For A Different Outcome’

Kim Carrigan is speaking out on her recent dismissal from Boston Fox O&O WFXT.

“I really hoped for a different outcome,” Carrigan told the Boston Herald. “I’m not going to say that I was shocked, but I’m disappointed. My intention was to stay.”

Carrigan, who joined WFXT in 2004, was told after Tuesday’s morning newscast that she had anchored her last show. A Fox spokesperson said only that Carrigan’s contract was not renewed.

Carrigan, who the Herald calls the “grand dame” of Boston television, said her story should serve as a warning to high-profile, high-salaried anchors in local news. Read more

Anchor Christine Haas Joining KNSD From KHOU

After three years at KHOU, Christine Haas will anchor her last broadcast at the Houston CBS-affiliate on Friday. She will join KNSD, the NBC O&O in San Diego, later this month.

Haas, who joined KHOU in 2008, told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff that she is “thrilled” about her new opportunity. She will be an anchor,  helming the early evening newscasts, and an investigative reporter, which she called her “passion.”

In a memo announcing her departure, KHOU news director Philip Bruce said the anchor “embodies quality in every facet of her professional and personal life.”

“While we’ll miss Christine, we’re very pleased she’s getting this great new opportunity,” Bruce wrote. Read more

Longtime WJRT Anchor Bill Harris Joins Rival WEYI

Longtime WJRT anchor Bill Harris is joining crosstown rival WEYI.

“Grab your remotes!” NBC-affiliate WEYI exclaimed, announcing the move.  “The face of Mid-Michigan news hasn’t changed, but the channel has.”

Harris spent over three decades anchoring the news for WJRT before being cut loose last spring.  He returned to the station to do occasional special reports last year, but officially said goodbye in December.

Harris will anchor WEYI’s 6 p.m. newscast.  His first day is set for January 30th. Read more

After 18 Years At WKYC, Mark Nolan ‘Moving On’

WKYC morning anchor Mark Nolan says he is leaving the Cleveland NBC-affiliate in the near future.

“After 18 years here at WKYC, I’m allowing my contract to run out and moving on,” Nolan told TVSpy in an email.

Nolan, who has been part of the WKYC morning newscast since 2007, co-anchors alongside Erin Kennedy. The date of his last broadcast is undetermined, but he says it will be before March 14, which is the last day of his contract.

Although he declined to say what his next step will be, Nolan said he will be doing some short-term radio work after he leaves WKYC.

Morning Anchor Kim Carrigan Out At Boston’s WFXT

Morning anchor Kim Carrigan has been let go from Boston Fox O&O WFXT.

Carrigan, who anchors the 4:30 to 9 a.m. newscast alongside Gene Lavanchy, joined the station in 2004. WFXT sources say she was informed after the show today that this morning’s broadcast would be her last.

A Fox spokesperson told TVSpy Carrigan’s contract was not renewed.

Until a permanent replacement for Carrigan is named, the station will rotate WFXT talent to fill the morning anchor spot.

Dave Roberts To Join KOLN-KGIN January 1

Dave Roberts is joining KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln as the evening co-anchor, the station officially announced yesterday.

He will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Vanessa Flowers beginning January 1. Roberts joins KOLN-KGIN after six years at KMTV in Omaha, where he is co-executive producer and weekend anchor.

“I’ve worked in almost every position that a television station has to offer,” Roberts said in a statement. “To me, it’s still magical.”

Bill Harris Leaves Michigan’s WJRT, For Good

Bill Harris, who returned to WJRT for “special projects” in May just one month after being let go by the new management team, says he is officially done with the Flint ABC-affiliate.

“My vision for what I want to do … didn’t mesh with [the work at] ABC12,” Harris told the Flint Journal. “It is hurting me deeply [but] the marriage wasn’t perfect. I really appreciated coming back.”

Harris says he is in talks with two rival WJRT rival stations: CBS-affiliate WNEM and NBC-affiliate WEYI. Though nothing official has been announced, the veteran anchor says he is interested in joining to anchor and work on special projects, perhaps as soon as January.

Kristin Crowley Joins WSIL In Harrisburg, IL

Kristin Crowley has joined WSIL, the ABC-affiliate in Harrisburg, IL, the station announced yesterday.

Since 2010, Crowley has been a general assignment reporter for WLUK, the Fox-affiliate in Green Bay. She will be the weekend anchor on WSIL.

Crowley replaces Emily Finnegan, who has anchored the weekend newscasts since May. Finnegan is moving to weekdays, where she will be paired with Edan Schultz on the 10 p.m. newscast. In her new role, she will also focus on consumer-related reporting.

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