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Joe Cronauer Joining WKYC Morning Newscast

Beginning next week, Joe Cronauer will have a new role at Cleveland NBC-affiliate WKYC.

According to the station’s “Director’s Cut” blog, Cronauer will join the station’s morning newscast as a lifestyle and features reporter on July 9, “looking for unique, unusual, fun, community based, interesting stories that he knows will get viewers talking.”

Cronauer has worked at WKYC since 2005. He currently co-hosts WKYC’s daily entertainment show, “Good Company Today.”

Melanie Hebert Makes Her WWL Debut

Melanie Hebert made her debut anchoring WWL‘s early-morning newscast today, ten months after the announcement of her hire at the New Orleans CBS-affiliate.

Hebert was sitting out a non-compete clause in her contract with NBC-affiliate WDSU, where she worked until last September. She has worked at WWL for the past several months as an off-camera reporter and digital media correspondent.

“Because I knew I had a job waiting for me I was able to enjoy my time off, then I enjoyed different roles of working in news over the past six months,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I am definitely ready to go back on-air now.” Read more

Morning Anchor Matt Stewart Leaving KCTV

Morning anchor Matt Stewart is leaving Kansas City CBS-affiliate KCTV.

Last month, KCTV announced that Alexis Del Cid had been hired from KOIN to helm the morning newscast. She begins next month.

“The station has decided to bring in a brand new morning anchor team, and it’s unfortunate I will be leaving KCTV5 after 8 years of hard work and loyal service,” Stewart told Bottom Line Communications.  “I will miss many of my co-workers, and I wish them the best in the future.” Read more

Dave Price Stops By WNYW’s ‘Good Day New York’

On Greg Kelly‘s last day as “Good Day New York” co-anchor, Dave Price stopped by WNYW to get some advice from his predecessor.

“You are in extremely good company, and I think you’re going to have a blast,” Kelly told Price, gesturing to co-anchor Rosanna Scotto. “Treat her well.”

Price will return to the New York City Fox O&O as Scotto’s co-anchor on Monday. Kelly is moving to the evening anchor desk at WNYW. Video of Price’s visit is inside… Read more

VIDEO: Greg Kelly Says Goodbye to ‘Good Day NY’

Greg Kelly said an emotional goodbye to the WNYW morning crew on his last “Good Day New York” this morning (video inside). Beginning next week, Kelly will be moving to the evening anchor desk at the New York City Fox O&O.

“My life changed a couple of times in this room, as you know,” Kelly said to co-anchor Rosanna Scotto at the end of the show. “I thank you again for being there for me when the times were tough.”

“Listen, it’s not like you’re going to Siberia,” Scotto joked. “You’re going to the 10 o’clock news! People aspire their lives to go to the 1o o’clock news.”  Read more

KNBC Keeps Ann Curry News a Secret During Morning Show

Los Angeles NBC O&O KNBC kept the news of Ann Curry‘s departure from the “Today” show a secret during its morning newscast Thursday.

Unlike its NBC sister stations on the West Coast, KNTV and KNSD, who both reported on Curry’s departure, KNBC decided not to mention the news before the start of “Today.”

Curry’s teary announcement came around 8:50 a.m. ET so NBC stations on the West Coast had to decide whether or not they were going to break the news on their shows. Read more

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

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