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Longtime WJRT Anchor Bill Harris Joins Rival WEYI

Longtime WJRT anchor Bill Harris is joining crosstown rival WEYI.

“Grab your remotes!” NBC-affiliate WEYI exclaimed, announcing the move.  “The face of Mid-Michigan news hasn’t changed, but the channel has.”

Harris spent over three decades anchoring the news for WJRT before being cut loose last spring.  He returned to the station to do occasional special reports last year, but officially said goodbye in December.

Harris will anchor WEYI’s 6 p.m. newscast.  His first day is set for January 30th. Read more

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Bill Harris Leaves Michigan’s WJRT, For Good

Bill Harris, who returned to WJRT for “special projects” in May just one month after being let go by the new management team, says he is officially done with the Flint ABC-affiliate.

“My vision for what I want to do … didn’t mesh with [the work at] ABC12,” Harris told the Flint Journal. “It is hurting me deeply [but] the marriage wasn’t perfect. I really appreciated coming back.”

Harris says he is in talks with two rival WJRT rival stations: CBS-affiliate WNEM and NBC-affiliate WEYI. Though nothing official has been announced, the veteran anchor says he is interested in joining to anchor and work on special projects, perhaps as soon as January.

Longtime Anchor Bill Harris Returns to WJRT After Being Let Go

After being dumped by the station’s new management team last month, veteran anchor Bill Harris returned to the air this week for WJRT, where he has worked for over three decades.

Harris, who had anchored WJRT’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, was told in April that his services were no longer needed by the station, which had recently been acquired by SJL Broadcasting.

But there Harris was on Tuesday, covering a homeland security training conference for WJRT and appearing live during the ABC-affiliate’s 4, 5, and 6 p.m. newscasts.

While not detailing what Harris’s current role with the station is, WJRT said that the former anchor would use “his more than 30 years experience with local, state and federal agencies to explain what the training entails.” Read more

Heads Continue to Roll at WJRT Under New Owner

New owner SJL Broadcasting continues to clean house at Flint’s WJRT.

After losing its general manager and longtime news director as SJL assumed control of the ABC-affiliate last Friday, WJRT is now saying Goodbye to two anchors who have been the face of the station for decades.

New WJRT GM Peter Veto has decided to dump Bill Harris (right), who has been with the station for over three decades and who most recently anchored WJRT’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as Joel Feick (far right), a weekend anchor who has been with the station since 1983.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know much about it, because it’s still fresh, other than that my services are no longer needed,” Harris told The Flint Journal in confirming his dismissal. Read more