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KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

One Anchor Joins, Another Leaves KOLR Morning Show


KOLR the CBS affiliate for Springfield, MO, has announced a couple of morning anchor changes.

Shannon Miller told viewers she will be leaving KOLR to join sister station KARK in Little Rock, AR, while Audrey Esther was introduced as the new morning anchor.

Miller told viewers the news on her facebook page saying, “After three years with KOLR10, I have accepted an offer to work at our sister station KARK in Little Rock. It was a tough decision and I put a lot of thought and heart into it.”

Before coming to KOLR, Esther was community relations director for The Salvation Army – Ozark Area Coordination.

Lynna Lai Moved to WKYC Morning Show

Lai WKYCLynna Lai is moving from weekend evenings for Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC to the weekday morning show.

“We have searched far and wide for the right morning co-anchor to join that team,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told WKYC’s Director’s Cut blog. “We believe the right person was here all along.”

Lai will join John Anderson and meteorologist Hollie Giangreco starting two weeks from today.

Morning Anchor Deana Silk Leaving KJRH

deana silkDeana Silk is set to sign off from KJRH, the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, in August. Silk has worked at the station since January 2005 and has most recently anchored the morning newscast.

“The past 10 years have been exciting, challenging… a dream come true! I have met so many wonderful people and have made lifelong friends. I will miss the crazy news business but I’m excited for a new challenge and new adventure with my family,” Silk wrote on Facebook.

Silk said her husband has accepted at job in Oklahoma City, and she is looking for a job and planning “to spend some extra time with my little one.”

Rob Youngblood Joins Portland’s KATU

Rob Youngblood was introduced as the new morning anchor at KATU in Portland, Ore. yesterday. Youngblood is a former television actor who has previously anchored at WCSC in Charleston and WISH in Indianapolis.

[h/t NewsBlues]

Don Scott Talks About Leaving WJZ After 40 Years

don scott wjzWJZ morning anchor Don Scott will say goodbye to viewers of the Baltimore CBS owned station Friday.

He spoke to David Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun about why he’s leaving, viewer reaction to the news and what his final words on-air are going to be.

Q. I have seen different numbers on your run at WJZ. Can we nail it down? Is it actually 40 years??

A. My 40th anniversary was this past Monday. I’m going out Friday at 40 years and 4 days.

Q. Now this isn’t a mandatory-at-65 retirement, is it? I know some media companies once had that rule. But that’s not the deal at CBS, is it? You’re choosing to step down, right?

A. I am choosing… It’s my choice. My contract was up at the end of May. So, during contract negotiations, I just decided I didn’t want to do this any more. Read more

Whitney Vann Leaving WBRZ Morning Show

whitney vannWhitney Vann, the morning anchor at WBRZ, is leaving the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate’s morning newscast. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has details:

Vann said she holds the title as the longest-running anchor of a news program in Baton Rouge. She has appeared on “2une In” for 17 years. Vann did not offer many details about the new endeavor, but said it would lead to “new and exciting, fun adventures.” Prompted by a co-anchor, Vann also admitted it would lead to at least some programming for other WBRZ shows.

“It has been my honor and privilege and a lot of joy to get your mornings going with news, important information and some laughter along the way,” Vann said during the segment. “But 17 years of getting up in the middle of the night is exhausting. It’s time to get a little more sleep and pack on some challenges I’ve always wanted.”

Amy Wegmann Returns to WFTX

AmyWegmann-TreyRadelAmy Wegmann is coming back to WFTX in Fort Myers, FL.

After ten years with the Journal Broadcasting owned FOX affiliate, Wegmann left in 2012 to help her husband Trey Radel get elected to Congress. Radel later resigned from office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

“It’s like returning home to family,” Wegmann said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back on a newscast that I helped build back in its infancy.”

The station said Wegmann will co-anchor the morning news alongside Miriam Zamorano. She starts tomorrow and begins anchoring next Monday.

KUSA Senior Producer Leaving After 34 Years

jack maherKUSA senior producer Jack Maher is signing off after 34 years producing the Denver NBC affiliate’s morning newscast. On the station’s website, Maher looks at the evolution of the show from his first broadcast — a “disaster” half-hour newscast — to today:

Today, we’re churning out four-and-a-half hours of morning content with a highly talented, highly energized crew of on air and behind-the-scenes pros. Some days, I can’t believe how that little show I started 34 years has evolved and grown. That growth has included me, as I’ve acquired new skills as a multimedia journalist. I’m enormously proud and grateful too.

Why leave? I’ve taken this morning show as far as I could. It’s time for a new generation to take over, as I head off to a new gig as a multimedia guy with Jefferson County Schools. No more midnight alarms. Won’t miss that. But I will miss all my great colleagues at 9NEWS, and more importantly, you. Thanks for riding along.

Watch KUSA’s tribute to Maher after the jump. Read more

More Changes to KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

knbc logoWith Daniella Guzman set to take over as co-anchor of KNBC’s “Today in LA,” the NBC owned station in Southern California has some other changes in the works for its morning newscast.

A KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Whit Johnson, who currently anchors the noon newscast, will co-anchor “Today in LA” alongside Guzman. Johnson will swap with Michael Brownlee, who currently anchors the morning newscast and will be moving to the noon newscast.

Michelle Valles, who has been co-anchoring the morning newscast since Alycia Lane parted ways with KNBC last year, will return to her previous role as co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today in LA” and report during the week.

On the revamped morning newscast, which debuts June 30, Guzman and Johnson will be joined by meteorologist Crystal Egger and traffic reporter Holly Hannula, who joined KNBC this week.

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