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Mark Joyella Hired as Weekend Anchor at WFTV

Mark Joyella has been hired as the weekend morning anchor at WFTV in Orlando, news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy today.

Joyella joins WFTV from CNN, where he is a digital producer for “Erin Burnett OutFront.” He has previously worked as a reporter for WNYW and WPIX in New York City, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa.

Joyella, who will also be a weekday reporter at WFTV, begins at the station in June. He replaces Jamie Holmes, who will be taking over as WFTV’s weekday morning anchor.

The move reunites Joyella with his former boss. Jordan was the news director of WFTS in 1994 when Joyella was hired as a reporter.

VIDEO: KSDK Reporter Goes on Awkward Date with Cardinals Slugger

Julie Tristan, the host of KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis,” has gained a following among smart-alecky sports bloggers after her recent on-air “date” with St. Louis Cardinals slugger David Freese. Tristan rode the Mr. Freeze roller coaster at Six Flags with Mr. Freese, who she introduced as “my new boyfriend.”

Deadspin described the flirty fluff piece as “the last gasp of local news reporting” (video above).

WJBF Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

Augusta ABC-affiliate WJBF debuted a weekend morning newscast on Saturday.

The newscast will be anchored by Archith Seshadri, WJBF’s Columbia County reporter. He will be joined by meteorologist Jason Nappi.

“I’m excited. It’s really fun to start something new,” Seshadri said on Friday. “This is something that we haven’t done.”

The newscast, which airs Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m., is the first local weekend morning news program in the Augusta market.

In Grand Rapids, WOOD Adds 4:30 a.m. Newscast

Starting Monday, Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate WOOD will start the morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.

“We’re responding to changes in viewers’ habits being seen all over the country,” news director Rebecca Sapakie said in a statement. “Our entire team will be here ready to go at 4:30 a.m.”

WOOD’s normal morning team — anchors Emily Linnert and Brett Thomas (pictured) and meteorologist Terri DeBoer — will helm the extra half-hour.

VIDEO: Reporter Tests Waterproof iPhone Case, Forgets About Her Mic

In a segment teased throughout this morning’s “Good Day Sacramento,” reporter Melissa Cabral submitted herself to a dunk dank in order to test out a waterproof iPhone case.

Her iPhone ended up working underwater, but the same can’t be said about her microphone.

Janelle Hall Moves From Weekends to Weekdays at Pittsburgh’s WTAE

Janelle Hall has been added to the WTAE morning newscast as a traffic and breaking news anchor.

Hall, who has worked at the Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate since 2004, has been the weekend morning anchor for five years. Her replacement was not immediately known, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

She will join anchors Kelley Frey and Michelle Wright, along with meteorologist Demetrius Ivy and sports anchor John Meyer, on the weekday morning newscast.

Morning Anchor Rick Journey Leaving WBRC

WBRC morning anchor Rick Journey announced today that he is leaving the television business.

“For some time I have thought about using the skills and contacts developed through a career in journalism to enter a new stage of my life,” he said in a statement. “I am blessed to have those opportunities before me.”

Journey has worked at the Birmingham Fox-affiliate for 20 years, and has been the morning anchor for the past 13 years. His last day at the anchor desk will be June 29, but he will continue to contribute to WBRC on television and online, according to a station statement.

VIDEO: WPIX Anchor Frances Rivera Breaks Down Crying During Newscast

WPIX anchor Frances Rivera broke down crying during the CW-affiliate’s morning show, after the station played a new Procter & Gamble commercial that, Rivera’s co-anchor Sukanya Krishnan warned, is “bringing moms and daughters to tears.”

Rivera, a mom herself, couldn’t contain her tears following the video.

“This is so cheesy. I’m crying on the air,” Rivera said, dabbing her eyes with a tissue. “That’s a career first, ladies and gentlemen, that has never happened before. I’ve never cried on the air, ever.”

WPXI Shuffles Weekend, Morning Meteorologists

Pittsburgh NBC-affiliate WPXI has swapped the schedules of two meteorologists, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mike LaPoint (pictured), formerly the meteorologist for the weekday morning newscast, has been reassigned to weekends. Kevin Benson, formerly the weekend meteorologist, will take his place in the mornings.

“Viewers in Pittsburgh have come to trust Kevin over the years on weekends, and we felt Kevin’s friendly presence would be a perfect addition to the morning team,” WPXI news director Mike Goldrick said.

Oklahoma City’s KOCO Shuffles Morning Anchors

Oklahoma City’s KOCO is shaking up the weekday morning anchor team.

Maggie Stokes and Wendell Edwards have been named anchors of the 4:30-7 a.m. newscast, replacing Anita Blanton and Mat Garcia. Stokes and Edwards debuted this morning.

“Maggie and Wendell are great journalists dedicated to serving Oklahoma viewers,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “We look forward to their continued growth and success in their new roles with the station.” Read more

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