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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.

Russ Mitchell On Joining WKYC: ‘The Power Of Local News Still Is Very Strong’

After Cleveland’s WKYC announced the hire of Russ Mitchell yesterday, the CBS News anchor talked with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and shed some light on the decision to return to the local landscape. Mitchell, who will be managing editor in addition to anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, said he misses “the pulse of a local newsroom”:

“The pace of local news is relentless,” Mitchell said. “You’re putting on four to six newscasts a day, and at a network, we have the luxury, if you will, of not having that kind of relentless pace. I was in local television for 10 years before joining CBS. The business, of course, has changed dramatically in that time — major, major changes. But I do think that the power of local news still is very strong. It’s not what it was 30 years ago, but it does provide an incredible service to a community.”

Wichita’s KSN Hires Two Anchors, Expands Newscasts

Wichita NBC-affiliate KSN is making some changes for 2012: the station has hired two anchors and will launch two new newscasts next year.

The station has hired anchor Katie Taube (pictured) from KSFY in Sioux Falls. Taube will helm the 9 p.m. newscast KSN will produce for Fox-affiliate KSAS — which was the subject of a recent lawsuit in the market — starting next year.

Also joining the station is Mary-Rachel Redman, who will be the weekend sports anchor. She joins KSN from KOCO in Oklahoma City.

Beginning January 15, KSN will add a 5 p.m. Sunday evening newscast, with anchor Aileen Simborio and meteorologist Mark Bogner, to the programming lineup.  The station will also add an extra half-hour to the morning newscasts beginning January 9. Read more

WGRZ’s Marissa Bailey Leaving Buffalo For Chicago

WGRZ anchor Marissa Bailey is leaving the Buffalo NBC-affiliate in January, according to Buffalo media reporter Alan Pergament.

“I was at a crossroads,” Bailey told Pergament. “I decided to look for new challenges and new opportunities. This is a risk because I’m leaving a job and a city I love.”

After five years at WGRZ, Bailey will follow her boyfriend to Chicago. She said she was “not at liberty” to talk about any potential opportunities she has lined up, but she has hired a Chicago-based agent and plans to look for work in television there.

Bailey anchors the 10 p.m. newscast on MyNetworkTV-affiliate WNYO, which is produced by WGRZ. She is also a reporter for the station.

CBS News’ Russ Mitchell Joining WKYC in Cleveland

CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as managing editor of evening news and lead anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, the Gannett-owned station announced today.

Mitchell said in a statement that he has “thoroughly enjoyed” his years at CBS, but was looking forward to “a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community.”

Mitchell, who joined CBS in 1992, is the weekend anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show.” His first day at WKYC will be January 16.

He replaces Romona Robinson, who left the station earlier this month after negotiations to extend her WKYC contract failed. General manager Brooke Spectorsky tells TVSpy Mitchell’s 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor will be announced soon. Read more

Beverly Kidd To Leave KTVK Later This Month

Beverly Kidd announced this weekend she will be leaving KTVK later this month after 10 years with the station (watch above).

“I won’t bury the lead,” news director Brad Remington wrote in a memo to KTVK staffers. “Beverly Kidd has come to us and told us she needs to step away from the business and focus on her new husband and their three children.” Read more

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