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Iain Page Named Evening Anchor at WTXF

After two months filling in on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Iain Page has officially been named evening co-anchor at WTXF, the Fox owned station in Philadelphia.

“Iain’s on-air presence, engagement with viewers and versatility made him the right choice for this premier role on our evening news,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Page joined WTXF in February as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. When Thomas Drayton left the station in July, Page took over for him on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

More from WTXF after the jump. Read more

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Evening Anchor Brian Bolter Leaving WTTG

After 14 years at WTTG, Brian Bolter is saying goodbye to the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

“We want to thank Brian for his 14 years of service to WTTG. We wish him much success in the future,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini told TVSpy in a statement.

Bolter anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts solo and the 10 p.m. newscast alongside Shawn Yancy. His last day at WTTG will be Thursday.

>Update: Bolter, who owns two restaurants in the DC area, writes on his blog:

After nearly 14 years at WTTG-TV FOX 5, I recently approached the station and asked to pursue other interests. On the verge of opening DRY 85, our second restaurant in two years and with no plans to stop anytime soon, I realized it was time to finally follow my head and heart in writing this new chapter in life. The station agreed and we’re amicably parting ways.

In Seattle, KING Expands Evening Newscasts

KING and KONG, Belo’s NBC affiliate and independent station in Seattle, are expanding their evening newscasts. Beginning tonight, KING will expand its 6:30 p.m. newscast from 30 minutes to an hour and KONG will present an hourlong newscast at 9 p.m.

“Many critics of media consolidation have worried about less local programming and community service; we think this is one more powerful demonstration that these worries are unfounded,” president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement.

Dennis Bounds and Jean Enersen will continue to helm KING’s 6:30 p.m. newscast as it expands to an hour. Rob Piercy will debut as the anchor of KONG’s 9 p.m. newscast.

After KMTR Layoffs, Matt Templeman and Renee McCullough Join Rival KEZI

Matt Templeman and Renee McCullough are joining KEZI, the ABC affiliate in Eugene, Ore., as evening co-anchors, The Register-Guard reports.

The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, was laid off by rival KMTR, the NBC affiliate in Eugene. The station was acquired by Fisher Communications, which will operate KMTR and CBS affiliate KVAL as a duopoly.

“It’s my last night on KMTR and I’m saying goodbye tonight,” Templeman wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Don’t expect some lengthy, tearful ‘see you later…it’s not necessary, and I’m staying in the community.”

Mark Hatfield, vice president of news and programming for KEZI parent company Chambers Communications, told The Register-Guard that Templeman and McCullough are “outstanding news anchors.”

“There have been a lot of changes in this market recently, and we just want viewers to know that KEZI 9 News is, and will continue to be, committed to delivering the best local news, weather, and sports coverage anywhere in Western Oregon,” Hatfield said. “We’ve been connected to this community for over fifty years, and Matt and Renee will be a big part of the KEZI 9 News family moving forward.”

No word on what will happen to Brian Richardson and Jennifer Richardson, the husband-and-wife duo who currently anchor the evening newscasts. Templeman and McCullough are set to take over at the anchor desk beginning June 27.

>Update: The Richardsons will continue to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast in addition to providing live reports and breaking news coverage to the earlier evening newscasts. KEZI tells TVSpy the pair remains “an important part of the KEZI 9 News team, and their journalistic talents will continue to provide outstanding local news coverage to our viewers.”

WRTV Names New Anchors for Evening Newscasts

Indianapolis ABC-affiliate WRTV is shuffling talent on the evening newscasts.

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, WRTV has tapped Jenna Kooi (previously known as Jenna Maloney), who has been working at the station as a freelance reporter, to anchor the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Connor.

Erika Flye, who currently serves as Connor’s 5 p.m. co-anchor, will expand her duties to also include the 6 p.m. newscast.

Until last fall, Connor’s co-anchor for the 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts was Trisha Shepherd, who left in September for a position at the Riley Children’s Foundation.

Lansing’s WILX Swaps Morning, Evening Anchors

Beginning today, the morning and evening anchors at Lansing NBC-affiliate WILX will get new assignments.

Previously, the morning and evening newscasts were anchored solo — by Lauren Evans in the morning, David Andrews (pictured) at 5 and 6 p.m. and Jason Colthorp at 11 p.m. Beginning today, Colthorp and Edwards will be paired to anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, and Andrews will helm the morning newscasts.

“I’m definitely a morning person,” Andrews told the Lansing State Journal. Beginning today, the morning newscasts will also start a half-hour earlier, at 4:30 a.m.

“Viewers’ habits are constantly changing,” WILX general manager Michael King said. “People are getting up earlier; they want information quickly.”

Seattle’s KIRO Expanding Sunday Evening Newscast

Seattle CBS-affiliate KIRO is expanding the 11 p.m. newscast on Sunday evenings to a full hour starting this week, the station announced today.

Monique Ming Laven (pictured) will remain the anchor of the 60-minute newscast. She will be joined by meteorologist Morgan Palmer and sports anchor Chris Francis.

“As our viewers prepare for the upcoming week we will be able to provide them with essential news and information that will impact their daily lives,” news director Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. Read more

KTXL Hires Alisa Becerra As Morning Anchor, And Adds Evening Newscast

KTXL has announced some programming changes going in to the new year: the Sacramento Fox-affiliate will add a 6 p.m. newscast, and has hired Alisa Becerra (pictured) to be the new morning anchor.

Becerra joins KTXL on December 5 from KSBW, the NBC-affiliate in Salinas. She replaces Ama Daetz, who left the station last month.

In January, KTXL is set to launch a 6 p.m. newscast anchored by Eric Harryman, the Sacramento Business-Journal reports. The station will compete in the early-evening timeslot with NBC-affiliate KCRA, CBS O&O KOVR and ABC-affiliate KXTV.

KARK Juggles Anchors For Evening Newscasts

KARK, the NBC-affiliate in Little Rock, is making some changes to the evening talent lineup.

Starting Monday, weekend anchor Jessica Dean (pictured) will co-anchor the station’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside current anchor Bob Clausen. She will replace Melissa Simas, who will contribute to those two newscasts as a reporter, while also continuing to anchor the 5 p.m. news.

“Melissa is an exceptional anchor/reporter and has made it clear that her passion is reporting stories and digging into important issues that affect Arkansas,” KARK news director Rob Heverling said in a statement. “We are pleased Melissa will have a much greater influence on how we shape our coverage of the news of the day.”

Dean, Simas and Clausen will be joined by Keith Monahan, who is the station’s new chief meteorologist. KARK reporter Lauren Trager will take over weekend anchoring duties from Dean.

KTXA Scraps Second Hour of Primetime Newscast

KTXA — the CBS-owned  in Dallas — announced that they will replace an hourlong 8 p.m. newscast with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” beginning on September 12.

The 8 p.m. newscast, which currently is the second hour of “First in Prime,” debuted in 2006. According to Uncle Barky’s Bytes, ratings for the show have been “problematic” of late, prompting the station to shave an hour from the nightly broadcast.

The 8 p.m. broadcast is currently divided into two parts: a half-hour of local news anchored by Keith Garvin and Tracy Kornet (pictured, left) followed by a half-hour of sports news anchored by Gina Miller. Beginning next week, Garvin will anchor the 7 p.m. local news solo; Miller’s sports show will slide back an hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Read more

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