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KSHB Adds JiaoJiao Shen to Morning Newscast

KSHB has named JiaoJiao Shen co-anchor of its morning newscast.  Shen has been working as a reporter with the NBC-affiliate since July.

She will work alongside Curtis Jay and replaces Christa Dubill, who has was recently named co-anchor of KSHB’s 4:30, 5:00, and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We’re thrilled with the experience and professional skills JiaoJiao brings to the morning show,” KSHB vice president and general manager Mike Vrabac said, in announcing the move.  “She has some big shoes to fill replacing Christa but we love her enthusiasm and I’m confident that Kansas City will embrace her.” Read more

Laura Diaz Departs KCBS, Rick Garcia Tapped to Replace Her at 6 p.m.

Laura Diaz is leaving KCBS after nine years and the station announced on Friday that Rick Garcia, currently the co-anchor of KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will replace her at the 6 p.m.

“It has been an amazing run at CBS 2, and I’ll miss the many colleagues who have become close friends,” Diaz said in a statement.  She’s reportedly leaving KCBS to pursue a producing career.

A Los Angeles native, Garcia joined KCAL in 2009 after 22 years with KTTV.  He will continue to co-anchor KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts in addition to his new role as 6 p.m. anchor for KCBS.

“As he approaches his 25th anniversary on Los Angeles television next year, it is clear that Rick Garcia has played a major role in the growth and success of KCAL’s primetime newscasts,” said Steve Mauldin, president and general manager of KCBS and KCAL, in announcing the move.  “We are extremely pleased to recognize Rick’s importance to our stations and the communities we serve by expanding his responsibilities to include anchoring CBS 2’s 6 p.m. newscast.”

Randy Meier Returns to Minneapolis as KMSP Anchor

Randy Meier is headed back to Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Meier, who spent a majority of his career as an anchor at Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP, will join the Fox owned-and-operated KMSP on September 26. His primary role will be anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast, which he will do solo, and he will also contribute to the 5 p.m. broadcast as an anchor and reporter.

Meier left KSTP in 2003 when the station declined to renew his contract after 13 years. “In a perfect world, I’d love to find another great television job in the Twin Cities,” he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune at the time. “This is where our home is; this is where my kids were raised and where they go to school.” Read more

WFOR Anchor Joins the Cast of ‘CSI: Miami’

Cue The Who theme music: veteran WFOR anchor Eliott Rodriguez has joined the cast of “CSI: Miami” (well, sort of).

Rodriguez recently filmed an episode of the hit CBS show in which he plays a TV anchor.  In the scene, which was filmed at the WFOR studios, Rodriguez does a special report about the escape of a dangerous federal prisoner in downtown Miami.

Rodriguez tells TVSpy that the shoot was just like “another day at the office in Miami.” Read more

Don Dahler Will Shift to Weekends at WCBS Following Chris Wragge’s Return

Don Dahler, who was displaced from the WCBS 6 p.m. broadcast this week when Chris Wragge returned to the station after nine months on “The Early Show,” will continue as the morning and evening weekend anchor at the CBS owned-and-operated station.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Don that will keep him at CBS 2,” president and general manager Peter Dunn said in a statement. “We look forward to having him continue to play an important role for us.”

Beginning this weekend, Dahler will be paired with Cindy Hsu to anchor the station’s weekend morning newscasts. He will anchor the weekend evening newscasts solo, and he will also contribute to the weekday newscasts as a reporter.

Read the full release from WCBS after the jump. Read more

Trisha Shepherd Set to Leave WRTV This Month

WRTV anchor Trisha Shepherd will leave the Indianapolis ABC affiliate this month after four years at the station.

Shepherd, who accepted a position at the Riley Children’s Foundation, will do her final broadcast on September 23. “My family’s juggling act has become more challenging recently with both my husband and I working nights, and two of our three children in school full day,” she said in a statement. “I knew it was time for a big change.”

Shepherd was hired by WRTV in September 2007 at the same time as co-anchor Todd Wallace, who left the station in 2010 after his contract was not renewed. Wallace was replaced with former ABC News correspondent Todd Connor.

“I am SO thankful for a great 4-year run at WRTV and for a new direction that will give me more time to be the kind of mom I want to be,” Shepherd wrote on her Facebook page.

KHOU Hires Lisa Hernandez Away From KABC

After losing Lucy Noland to Los Angeles’ KNBC this summer, KHOU has hired veteran SoCal anchor Lisa Hernandez as her replacement, according to mikemcguff.com.

A California native, Hernandez currently works as a weekend morning co-anchor and general assignment reporter for KABC.

“I am ridiculously lucky,” Hernandez told mikemcguff.com about her new job. “Not only am I joining an amazing news team, I’m moving to an amazing city!”

Before joining KABC in 2004, Hernandez worked as a producer at KESQ in Palm Springs and as a reporter for News 14, a 24-hour cable news channel in North Carolina.  She is expected to anchor KHOU’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

WHDH Taps Reid Lamberty to Replace Frances Rivera

Boston’s WHDH has hired Reid Lamberty to replace Frances Rivera, who recently left the station to join WPIX in New York.  Lamberty will co-anchor WHDH’s 5, 6, 10, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Kim Khazei.

“Reid is the consummate pro. He’s an experienced journalist and a perfect complement to Kim on the anchor desk,” WHDH general manager Chris Wayland said, in making the announcement.

Lamberty comes to WHDH from Miami’s WSVN (both stations are owned by Sunbeam Television).  During his career, Lamberty has worked as an anchor at WNYW and WCBS in New York, and WFXT in Boston.

“I can’t wait to return to Boston and join 7 News,” Lamberty said.  “I look forward to making New England my home once again.”  His first day on-air will be Monday, September 12th.

Chris Wragge Returns to WCBS Anchor Desk

In a move that was announced last month, Chris Wragge returned to the WCBS anchor desk on Tuesday night, where he is co-anchoring the CBS O&O’s weeknight 6 p.m. newscast for the time being in addition to hosting “The Early Show.”

Although Wragge’s return represents a significant shakeup to the station’s on-air roster, WCBS was reserved in welcoming him back during last night’s newscast.  As FishbowlNY points out, there was no mention of Wragge’s return until the veteran anchor referred to it himself in throwing to Otis Livingston‘s sports segment.

“My first night back, you going to lead with the Giants?” Wragge, an apparent football fan, joked with Livingston.

To which Dana Tyler, Wragge’s new 6 o’clock co-anchor, said, “Come on, it’s not all about you.” Read more

WEEK Staffers Wear All-Black On-Air, Protesting Dismissal of Longtime Anchor

Following the abrupt dismissal of longtime anchor Mike Dimmick, staffers at WEEK–including on-air talent–dressed in black on Friday as a show of solidarity.

“It is a sad day when a 29-year employee and broadcast veteran is denied an opportunity to have a respectable send off,” WEEK anchor Garry Moore, and president of the local chapter of AFTRA, told TVSpy via email. “Management called a couple of people upstairs and told them that Wednesday was his last day. It was supposed to be September 16th. Essentially, they’re paying him to stay home.” Read more

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