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Dave Price Named Morning Anchor at WNYW; Greg Kelly Shifts to Evenings

Beginning next Monday, Rosanna Scotto will have a new co-anchor on “Good Day New York”: Dave Price (left), a former WNYW weathercaster, is returning to the Fox O&O.

Price’s hire sets a cascade of changes to WNYW’s newscasts into motion. Greg Kelly (right), Scotto’s current co-anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast solo and 10 p.m. newscast with Dari Alexander. Kelly replaces Ernie Anastos at 10 p.m. and Harry Martin at 6 p.m.

Anastos’ time at the anchor desk will be reduced, although the station will add more “Positively Ernie” specials to its lineup beginning later this year. He will remain in his current role on the 5 p.m. newscast. Martin will continue as an anchor on WNYW sister station WWOR, and will focus on political reporting ahead of the election, a WNYW spokesperson tells TVSpy. Read more

WPTA Reports Morning Anchor’s Drunk Driving Arrest, Drops Her Bio From Website

As Fort Wayne ABC-affiliate WPTA reported on the drunk driving arrest of morning anchor Mary Collins on Wednesday, the station quietly pulled her bio from its website.

Collins, who has been a fixture on Fort Wayne TV since 1996, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Walgreens.  A Walgreens employee reportedly called police after Collins purchased a bottle of wine while smelling strongly of alcohol.

When the police arrived, Collins was driving her Lexus SUV up to the Walgreens pharmacy drive-through window.  Police eventually arrested her and found an open bottle of wine in her car. Read more

Greg Kerr Joins KTBC as Morning Anchor

Greg Kerr will be KTBC‘s morning anchor beginning July 16, the Austin Fox O&O announced today.

Kerr joins KTBC from corporate cousin Fox Sports Southwest, where is a Dallas-based freelance anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he served as sports director and news anchor for WFMY in Greensboro for nine years. Kerr began his career at KTBC more than 20 years ago.

“I’ve traded my sports hat and enthusiastically move over to the news side and I couldn’t be more excited about re-establishing myself with FOX 7 and the Austin area community,” Kerr said in a statement. Read more

VIDEO: ‘Friendly’ Cat Attacks Fresno Morning Anchor

Fresno CBS-affiliate KGPE had a representative from a local animal shelter onto its morning show Tuesday and she brought along a cat who did not respond well to anchor Jenny Toste.

Toste was holding the cat in her arms, listening to the shelter representative talk about how friendly it was, when the animal began to swipe at her face. As Toste attempted to regain control of the cat after the warning shot, it launched into a full-blown attack (video after the jump). Read more

Longtime KVUE Morning Anchor Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Her A.M. Routine

Longtime KVUE morning anchor Melissa Gale, who is leaving the Austin ABC-affiliate after more than a decade, recently posted a video on YouTube that gives a behind-the-scenes look at her morning routine, from using a flashlight to navigate her house so that she won’t wake her husband and kids to spraying on an even coat of makeup before she goes on-air.

The video, shot by Gale using her phone, also features anecdotes from her years of driving to work at 3:30 in the morning, including the time she saw a ghost (video above).

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Morning Anchor Lisa Spooner Leaving WFTX

Morning anchor Lisa Spooner is leaving WFTX, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Spooner, who joined WFTX in 2011, will anchor her last newscast this Wednesday.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Fox4,” Spooner said. “I love the people here and I will miss working with them. You won’t … find a friendlier newsroom who genuinely cares about each other and wants to see their co-workers succeed … both personally and professionally.”

The News-Press reports Spooner will be moving to another television station outside of the Fort Myers market. On WFTX, weekend anchor Mike Brooks will fill in on the morning newscast until a permanent replacement is named.

Keith Jones Named Morning Anchor at WCAU

Beginning in July, Keith Jones will be the morning anchor at WCAU in Philadelphia, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones comes to WCAU from WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been a reporter and anchor for the past two years. He has previously worked at WCAU as an intern while attending Villanova University. In his new role, he will also report for the station.

“We’re excited to welcome Keith back to NBC10 as part of our on-air team,” president and general manager Eric Lerner said in a statement. “He has an enthusiasm and energy that our viewers will respond well to.”

Jones will be paired with WCAU morning anchor Lori Wilson. Stacey Stauffer, who has been filling in at the morning anchor desk, will return to reporting full-time, according to a station spokesperson.

WFOR to Launch Weekend Morning Newscasts

WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, is launching weekend morning newscasts in July.

Marybel Rodriguez (pictured) will anchor both hour-long newscasts, which will air on Saturdays at 6 a.m. and on Sundays at 8 a.m. She will be joined by meteorologist Craig Setzer.

“The expansion of our news coverage reflects not only our commitment to covering South Florida, but also the fact that this area is one of the most dynamic news markets in the nation,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement. “Taken in tandem with our Saturday and Sunday evening newscasts, this move will allow us to provide seamless and consistent coverage every day of the week, including weekends.”

WTVJ Hires Keith Jones as Morning Co-Anchor

Keith Jones will be the new morning co-anchor at WTVJ in Miami, the NBC O&O announced today.

Jones joins WTVJ from WTSP in Tampa, where he has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the past three years. He replaces Adam Kuperstein, who recently moved from mornings to evenings at WTVJ.

“Keith’s strong reporting and anchoring background will make him a valuable addition to NBC 6 News,” WTVJ president and general manager Manuel Martinez said in a statement. “We’re excited to have our morning team in place.” Read more

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