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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

KNXV in Phoenix to Launch 11 a.m. Newscast in July

KNXV, the ABC-affiliate in Phoenix, will launch an 11 a.m. newscast on July 9.

The hour-long weekday newscast will be staffed by the KNXV morning team — anchors Connie Colla and Kirk Yuhnke, along with weather anchor Amy Murphy and traffic reporter Brandon Hamilton.

“We appreciate the opportunity and the trust given to us to make sure we deliver the news that’s important to our community,” Colla said in a statement.

Who Should Replace Ann Curry?

According to a report from The New York Times, followed up on by TVNewser, Ann Curry is leaving NBC’s “Today” show.

Savannah Guthrie is considered the favorite to replace her, but other names are in the mix (apparently Robin Roberts was on NBC’s short list last year to replace Meredith Vieira). So who do you think should replace Curry? Vote in our poll below…

WKRC’s Bob Herzog to Leave Weekend Anchor Desk

WKRC is scaling back anchor duties for Bob Herzog, who works six days a week at the Cincinnati CBS-affiliate, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In addition to being the morning traffic reporter for WKRC, Herzog anchors the 7 a.m. hour on WKRC’s CW-affiliated subchannel and anchors WKRC’s weekend morning newscast, meaning he works six-day weeks.

Going forward, Herzog’s weekend co-anchor Tiffany Wilson will be anchoring the Saturday morning newscast solo, news director Kirk Varner told the Enquirer.

Herzog, who joined WKRC in 2005, is famous for his “Dance Party Fridays.”

Morning Anchor Victoria Hong Leaving WIVB

Victoria Hong, the morning and noon anchor at WIVB, is leaving the Buffalo CBS-affiliate.

“I’m very appreciative of my time at Channel 4, they took me at a serious time in my life,” Hong told Buffalo media blogger Alan Pergament. “I’m getting older and it’s time for a new adventure.”

Hong originally joined WIVB in 1993, but left three years later. She returned to WIVB in 2003 after stints at WPHL in Philadelphia and WRGZ in Buffalo. According to Pergament, she plans to leave television altogether.

Morning Anchor David Earl Makes His WMAZ Debut

David Earl has joined WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, as morning and midday anchor.

Earl is a Chicago-area native who has spent the last two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. He began today as anchor of the morning and noon newscasts, and he will also serve as a multimedia journalist for WMAZ.

“Everyone has been really, really nice, very friendly. I’m not used to people asking questions about me. We’re kind of brisk up in Chicago,” Earl joked during his introduction on Friday’s evening newscast. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Read more

CBS Set to Launch New Morning Show in New York

CBS is set to launch a new morning show on WLNY, the Long Island, NY-based station that the company acquired in April.

The new show, titled “Live From the Couch,” will air weekdays form 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and feature a mix of news, talk, lifestyle, and entertainment segments.

“Live From the Couch” will be hosted by John Elliott and Lisa Kerney, who currently work WCBS‘s morning newscast, and Carolina Bermudez, who will join the show following a seven-year run as co-host of the New York radio show “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” Read more

VIDEO: Bakersfield Morning Show Conducts On-Air Job Interview for Open Reporter Position

Tom Murphy is trying to land a job at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield so the Fisher-owned duopoly invited him on to its morning show this week to interview for a recently open reporter position.

Murphy, who is currently at WBKB in Alpena, MI, played a game of “this or that” and did a blind report in front of the station’s green screen (video above).

KBAK-KBFX is asking viewers to email their opinions of Murphy to viewer@bakersfieldnow.com.

Morning Anchor Dayna Roselli Out at KLAS

Morning anchor Dayna Roselli is no longer with Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Her final broadcast was Monday.

Roselli’s departure comes after KLAS announced a new anchor team, Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami, earlier this week.

“We are not satisfied with our position in the mornings, and that has led us to some difficult decisions,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said. “This is one of several changes we are making to better serve our morning viewers.”

Ramaker and Khorrami are not set to debut until July. In the interim, reporters Jessica Lovell and Patranya Bhoolsuwan will fill in as morning anchors.

Ashley Glass Moves to Weekend Co-Anchor at WFTS

Ashley Glass has been promoted to weekend morning co-anchor at Tampa ABC-affiliate WFTS.

Glass, a Florida native, joined WFTS in 2010 as a weekday morning reporter and fill-in anchor. She has previously worked at WCJB in Gainsville, WICS in Springfield, IL and WPEC in West Palm Beach.

Glass will anchor alongside John Thomas and Bill Logan on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She replaces Ellen McNamara, who left WFTS to join KSTP earlier this year.

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