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Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

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Brett Connolly Named Anchor of WKCF 10 p.m. Newscast

connolly_304With Syan Rhodes leaving WESH-WKCF, Brett Connolly has been named anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast on WKCF, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Connolly joined WESH earlier this year. He will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on NBC affiliate WESH alongside Martha Sugalski. Before moving to Orlando, Connolly was the morning anchor at WFXT, the Fox-owned station in Boston.

When Connolly joined WESH in February, general manager Jim Carter said he is a “tremendous journalist, and we are thrilled to have a person of his caliber join our anchor and reporting team.”

Brett Connolly Joins WESH as Anchor

connolly_weshBrett Connolly has joined Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as co-anchor for the 5:00 p.m. news.

Connolly comes to WESH from WFXT in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.

Current 5:00 p.m. anchor Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“With so many hours of news a day, adding Brett to the anchor team will only strengthen how WESH 2 covers news for Central Florida viewers,” Jim Carter, president and GM of WESH said in a statement. Carter also said, “Adding Brett will allow Jim Payne to cover more news from the field, something that we wanted to do for some time.”

Connolly starts Monday, February 17.

[Orlando Sentinel]

WESH Bumping U.S. Open for Casey Anthony

As NBC affiliates across the country carry the U.S. Open later this week, Orlando’s WESH will instead air what it has been carrying nearly nonstop: the Casey Anthony trial.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, WESH has decided to stick with its 9 to 5 coverage of the Anthony trial–which it launched last Wednesday–on Thursday and Friday and push NBC’s coverage of the 111th U.S. Open to sister station WKCF, a CW-affiliate.

General manager Jim Carter told the Sentinel that he is remaining committed to WESH’s coverage of the Anthony trial because he believes that it’s an important news story (it also doesn’t hurt that the trial has proved to be a bigger draw for Orlando viewers than major sporting events). Plus, WKCF has 100% market reach and will broadcast the golf championship in HD.

The U.S. Open will air on WKCF from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with WESH set to pick up coverage on Saturday and Sunday while the trial is on break for the weekend.

Orlando’s WESH Now Airing Casey Anthony Coverage From 9 to 5

Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH is now devoting its entire daytime schedule to the Casey Anthony trial.

Beginning today, WESH will run coverage of the trial from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with a midday break for the station’s noon newscast, which will feature updates and analysis about the high-profile case.

“The interest continues to be overwhelming,” WESH general manager Jim Carter told the Orlando Sentinel. “We think the story is of such importance it demands something extra.”

Orlando viewers have shown an intense amount of interest in the case since it began on May 24th. Last Tuesday, local stations’ daytime coverage of the trial drew more viewers in the market than ABC’s primetime coverage of the Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals game.

While it covers the Anthony trial from 9 to 5, WESH is airing its regular daytime lineup on a digital subchannel.