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WJAR Anchor Gene Valicenti: ‘I Want the Best for the Station I’ve Been with for 20 Years’

WJAR anchor Gene Valicenti is leaving his longtime seat at the 11 p.m. anchor desk, making room for the NBC-affiliate to move Dan Jaehnig, who currently anchors the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts and often fills in for Valicenti, to 11.

Valicenti tells TVSpy that he will continue anchoring solo at 5:30 and alongside Patrice Wood at 6.  He also says that he “will probably develop a franchise reporting piece.”

“WJAR remains my home, and I want the best for the station I’ve been with for 20 years,” Valicenti said today via email. “We’ve had anchor combos switched before.  I don’t know if it rises to a ‘shake-up’ since I still have a full plate, and a lot of work to do.” Read more

Report: WJAR Moving Longtime Anchor Gene Valicenti Off 11 p.m. Newscast

A major anchor shakeup is underway at WJAR, according to GoLocalProv:

An announcement has just been made to the staff that main anchor Gene Valicenti is being moved off the 11pm newscast.

In his place will go 7 p.m. anchor Dan Jaehnig. Station insiders tell us that Valicenti will work day-side doing some reporting and then will anchor the 6 p.m. with Patrice Wood.

TVSpy spoke with WJAR news director Chris Lanni this morning about the reported shakeup.  Lanni wouldn’t comment beyond saying that he didn’t know if Valicenti was scheduled to anchor tonight’s 11 p.m. newscast. Read more

WTNH Posts Listing for Current Anchor’s Job

In a move that could be either a bargaining tactic or a piece of preemptive hiring, or both, WTNH has posted a job listing on its website that’s essentially the position currently held by anchor Sonia Baghdady.

“WTNH/News 8 in Connecticut has an opening for a main anchor,” the post announces, before stating, “You’ll be anchoring most of your newscasts sitting next to… Darren Kramer.”

Baghdady, who has been with WTNH since 2002, currently anchors WTNH’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Kramer.

News director Erik Schrader told TVSpy today that Baghdady is currently employed by the station, but he refused to comment on the job posting or the anchor’s future with WTNH. Read more

Kerry Barrett Promoted to Evening Anchor at WTXF

Kerry Barrett, a reporter at Philadelphia Fox O&O WTXF, has been named the station’s evening co-anchor.

Although Barrett has been filling in on the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Thomas Drayton since last fall, WTXF news director Steve Schwaid officially announced the promotion today.

“Kerry’s reporting skills demonstrate a genuine connection to our viewers and a unique understanding of the issues facing residents in the Delaware Valley,” Schwaid said. “We are excited to have her in this increased role at our station.”

Barrett joined WTXF in 2010. Her appointment to evening anchor is effective immediately.

KTRK Anchor Dave Ward Suffers Fall Minutes Before Friday, the 13th Newscast

Longtime KTRK anchor Dave Ward seemed to disappear from the ABC-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast on Friday, the 13th.

As Houston blogger Mike McGuff points out, Ward appeared in news teases during primetime on Friday but was missing from KTRK’s actual 10 p.m. newscast, which Melanie Lawson anchored solo from the station’s newsroom.

It turns out that Ward suffered a fall minutes before the newscast and KTRK had to press on without him, according to a statement released by the station on Monday. Read more

KVLY-KXJB Owner Responds To Robin Huebner’s Discrimination Lawsuit

Hoak Media, the parent company of Fargo’s KVLY-KXJB, filed a response yesterday to an age discrimination lawsuit filed by former anchor Robin Huebner.

In the response, an attorney for Hoak Media sought to disprove Huebner’s claims that she was pushed aside on the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts by a younger, more attractive anchor. Huebner’s lawsuit says she boosted ratings for KVLY-KXJB’s newscasts in the 21 years she reported and anchored there, according to the Fargo Forum.

“[Huebner], individually, is no more responsible for ratings in any demographic than the other three anchors of newscasts she participated in,” Gina Janeiro, the lawyer representing Hoak Media, wrote. Read more

WKYC’s Jim Donovan Named 7 p.m. Co-Anchor

WKYC sports anchor Jim Donovan is adding news anchor to his responsibilities, as he takes over as co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast.

The announcement is the most recent talent shuffle at the Cleveland NBC-affiliate. After longtime anchor Mark Nolan decided to leave the station, 7 p.m. anchor Chris Tye was announced as Nolan’s replacement on the morning newscast.

Donovan, who replaces Tye, will continue to do sports on the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, which will be anchored by former CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell starting next week. Read more

Video: Anchor Wendy Burch Wears Batgirl Costume During KTLA Newscast

KTLA’s Wendy Burch dressed up as Batgirl during the station’s Sunday morning newscast in honor of the show’s guest, Burt Ward, who played Robin on the iconic “Batman” TV show.

“I love it,” marveled Burch’s co-anchor Chris Burrous.  “Man, Wendy!” (video above)

KCPQ Anchor Lily Jang Joining KHOU in February

KCPQ anchor Lily Jang is leaving Seattle to join KHOU, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Jang, who has been at the Seattle Fox-affiliate for seven years, announced in November she would relocate to Houston to be with her ailing father.

“I am incredibly blessed that KHOU is giving me this opportunity,” Jang told McGuff. “Excited to finally be home where I grew up and my parents can watch me.”

She will replace Christine Haas, who is bound for KNSD, on the morning newscasts. Her first day at KHOU will be February 12.

Anchor Laura Emerson Joining WPSD From WUPW

After 16 years as the primary anchor at Toledo Fox-affiliate WUPW, Laura Emerson is signing off from the station tonight.

Emerson will anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at WPSD in Paducah, a station she called “very solid and competitive.”

“I was impressed with the people when I went down to visit,” Emerson told the Toledo Blade.

Emerson’s husband, WUPW weekend weathercaster Bruce Slusher, will stay in Toledo until their home is sold. Read more

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