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WHDH’s Michelle Relerford Set to Join WMAQ

Michelle Relerford, a weekend anchor and reporter at Boston’s WHDH, is leaving the station to join WMAQ in Chicago.

Relerford will start at WMAQ — Chicago’s NBC O&O — on September 6. She joins the station as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. This will not be her first time reporting in the Chicago market — prior to joining WHDH, Relerford was a freelance reporter at WFLD, the Fox O&O. She has also reported at WEWS in Cleveland, WNDU in South Bend and WBOC in Salisbury, MD.

Relerford is the third on-air personality to depart from the Sunbeam-owned WHDH this month. The station is currently auditioning in-house for replacement anchors for Frances Rivera, who is joining WPIX, and Matt Lorch, who is joining KCPQ.

WHDH Auditions Current Anchors For Seats Vacated by Frances Rivera and Matt Lorch

An extensive search is underway to fill the open anchor seats at Boston’s WHDH, according to The Boston Globe. The station is testing out in-house talent to fill anchor positions vacated by Frances Rivera, who was the late evening anchor, and Matt Lorch, who was the early evening anchor at the Sunbeam-owned NBC affiliate.

The station has been heavily rotating its normal anchor lineup, switching Anne Allred (left), Amanda Grace, Adam Williams and Sorboni Banerjee between weekday and weekend mornings and evenings to test the talent in a variety of different positions.

“We feel like we have a lot of good options both internally and externally,” WHDH VP-GM Chris Wayland told The Globe. He said the station is looking at a variety of factors, including viewer feedback, focus group data and on-air chemistry with Kim Khazei, who currently anchors the evening broadcast.

Rivera and Lorch both announced their departure this month — Rivera on July 14 and Lorch on July 21. Rivera will join New York City’s WPIX, while Lorch will head west to join KCPQ in Seattle.

Veteran Anchor John Muller Cut Loose at WPIX

WPIX morning anchor John Muller‘s contract has not been renewed after 12 years with the New York City CW affiliate, FishbowlNY reported today.

As we reported last week, WPIX recently hired Frances Rivera, who left Boston’s WHDH after ten years. Rivera will join WPIX as a morning anchor later this summer. WPIX has not renewed Muller’s contract, which was set to expire at the end of next month. Muller was not on the air yesterday and may already be done working, The New York Daily News reported today.

Muller is an original member of the WPIX morning team. He began as an anchor for  the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. timeslot with Sukanya Krishnan, but was shifted to the 4:30 a.m. timeslot when Chris Burrous joined WPIX last year. Burros has since left WPIX; Rivera, who will start in August, is his replacement.

Peg Rusconi Leaves Boston’s WBZ After 14 Years

Peg Rusconi, who has been a reporter at WBZ for 14 years, will leave Boston to move to Cincinnati with her family, the station confirmed today.

Rusconi’s husband, Dan Hoard, has been hired as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Bengals, The Boston Herald reported. Hoard and Rusconi have one child.

The transition will mark a return to Cincinatti for Rusconi, who was a reporter at WKRC before joining WBZ in 1997. She is the third major news personality to announce a departure from Boston this week — Frances Rivera has left WHDH for WPIX, and Sara Underwood will leave WFXT to spend more time with her family.

After Leaving WHDH, Frances Rivera to Join… WPIX

Yesterday we reported that anchor Frances Rivera was leaving Boston’s WHDH for a job in New York.  Now we can report that the job is with WPIX.

A WPIX spokesperson confirmed to TVSpy this morning that Rivera is set to join the Tribune-owned station at the end of August. She will join Sukanya Krishnan at the morning anchor desk, replacing Chris Burrous, who moved to KTLA this spring.

“Frances’ experience and talent will be great assets to our award-winning morning newscast,” the spokesperson told TVSpy, “we’re looking forward to having her join the team later this summer.”

An official announcement is expected later this month once the station has worked out Rivera’s start date. In the meantime, Laurie Dhue, who has been filling in since Burrous’s departure, will continue co-anchoring the morning newscast with Krishnan.

Sara Underwood Leaving WFXT to Focus on Family

Sara Underwood is leaving her job as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at Boston’s WFXT so that she can spend more time with her family.

“It’s all about the family,” Underwood told the Boston Herald about her decision to leave the Fox O&O, where she’s worked since 2008. “It was a tough decision to make. For the last several years, I’ve worked weekends, nights and holidays–and I’ve missed out so much on my daughter’s life.”

Underwood, who anchors WFXT’s 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday in addition to reporting during the week, has a 7-year-old daughter and is currently pregnant with her second child.

Underwood says that she wanted to spend time with her young daughter before the new baby comes while also taking it easy during the pregnancy.

She is the second major anchor to leave Boston TV this week. WHDH’s Frances Rivera announced on Thursday that she is leaving for a job in New York.

Anchor Reed Cowan Departs WSVN

Reed Cowan, the anchor of WSVN‘s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts, has left the Miami Fox-affiliate. According to a source, WSVN’s vice president of news Alice Jacobs announced Cowan’s departure in an email to staff today. A station official confirmed the move to TVSpy this afternoon.

A native of Utah, Cowan joined WSVN in 2007 after working as a reporter and weekend anchor for Salt Lake City’s KSL.  While at KSL, Cowan gained national attention for his reporting on the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and won an Emmy for his coverage of destructive floods in South Utah.

Jacobs’s staff email did not specify what Cowan’s future plans are, leaving many to speculate about what his next move is. He is believed to be in line for a main anchor gig in a top 20 market.

Cowan is the second high-profile anchor to leave a Sunbeam-owned station this week. As reported earlier, Frances Rivera is leaving Boston’s WHDH for a job in New York.

Weeks After Protesting WHDH at Station Event, Frances Rivera Announces She Will Leave Boston

After ten years with WHDH, evening anchor Frances Rivera will leave Boston for a local television job in New York City next month.

Rivera told The Boston Herald that her departure is due to a priority shift after the birth of her daughter last year.  “The number one reason is family,” she said. “This would never have been a dilemma for me a year ago, but after I had a daughter — all that changed.”

Rivera was one of the WHDH anchors who protested the station’s annual Health and Fitness Expo last month. WHDH, which is the Boston NBC affiliate, has been locked in an extended battle with AFTRA, the union that represents WHDH on-air talent, over salary and age discrimination concerns.

At the protest, Rivera and her on-air colleagues handed out fliers urging people to call WHDH general manager Christopher Wayland and express support for the broadcasters. The Herald reports the station was “very unhappy” with Rivera’s decision to participate in the protest.

Wayland had kind words for Rivera, who has not disclosed which NYC station she is going to. “We wanted her to stay,” he said. “She did a great job for us and we wish her the best.”

In Ongoing Union Battle, WHDH Talent Takes to the Picket Line at Station Event

The battle between WHDH and AFTRA — the union that represents the NBC affiliate’s on-air talent — is heating up in Boston.

WHDH talent — including those pictured at left, Victoria Warren, Frances Rivera and Adam Williams (all wearing black)– protested outside the station’s annual Health and Wellness Expo over the weekend, waving signs that said, “AFTRA Contract Now!”

Much of the station’s talent has been working without a contract since last year as the union and the station attempt an agreement over salary and age discrimination concerns. The Boston Herald‘s Jessica Heslam reports that according to AFTRA, the Sunbeam Television-owned station has ceased negotiations in the fight.

In addition to the signs, WHDH anchors and reporters also handed out fliers outside the Expo, urging attendees to call station general manager Chris Wayland and “tell him you support a fair workplace for broadcasters.”