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WTXF Debuts New Evening Anchor Team

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Last night was the first night on the WTXF anchor desk for Lucy Noland, who joins Iain Page as co-anchor of the evening newscasts at Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Noland and Page are pictured here alongside Jim Driscoll, the station’s vice president and news director.

The Fox-owned station is undergoing some big changes this year– a new morning anchor, a new set for “Good Day Philadelphia,” and the launch of the weekend morning newscasts, which will debut this fall.

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Lucy Noland Named Evening Anchor for WTXF

lucy noland croppedPhiladelphia FOX owned station WTXF has named Lucy Noland evening anchor.

“Lucy is one of the smartest anchors  I’ve ever worked with,” Jim Driscoll, WTXF VP and news director said in a statement. “She brings an energy and passion for storytelling that I believe will truly resonate with our viewers.”

Last week, WTXF evening anchor Kerry Barrett was moved to mornings. Noland will anchor the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Noland last worked as an anchor at KNBC in Los Angeles. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, FOX’s owned stations in New York (WNYW) and Detroit (WJBK), KIMO in Anchorage, AK, KFSN in Frenso, CA, and KGO in San Francisco, and KJEO in Fresno.

Iain Page Named Evening Anchor at WTXF

After two months filling in on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Iain Page has officially been named evening co-anchor at WTXF, the Fox owned station in Philadelphia.

“Iain’s on-air presence, engagement with viewers and versatility made him the right choice for this premier role on our evening news,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Page joined WTXF in February as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. When Thomas Drayton left the station in July, Page took over for him on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

More from WTXF after the jump. Read more

Chris Murphy Named Co-Anchor of WTXF Early Morning Newscast

Chris Murphy is joining WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, as co-anchor of the early morning newscast. In his new role, he will helm “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4:25 to 6 a.m.

“Chris is the perfect addition to our dynamic morning team, whose energy, chemistry and camaraderie is unmatched. His personality is contagious and we can’t wait to introduce him to our loyal ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ viewers,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Murphy comes to Philly from San Diego, where he was most recently a weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diego, KGW and KPTV in Portland, Ore., KRON in San Francisco, KTVN in Reno and KIEM in Eureka, Calif.

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Thomas Drayton Signs Off From WTXF

Thomas Drayton is leaving WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia. The news of Drayton’s last broadcast was announced this morning on “Good Day Philadelphia.”

“It has been a pleasure. You guys are unbelievable, talented, wonderful to work with,” Drayton told “Good Day” anchors Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones.

Drayton joined the station in 2008 from KTXL, the Fox affiliate in Sacramento. He anchored WTXF’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts before shifting to mornings to anchor from 4:30 to 6 a.m. earlier this year.

“We want to thank Thomas for his many contributions to our station, as he was an important part of our news team for several years. We wish him success in the future,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement to TVSpy.

Fox Makes Changes in NYC, Secaucus: Dianne Doctor Named VP of WWOR, Byron Harmon Named ND of WNYW

There are leadership changes coming to WNYW and WWOR, the Fox-owned stations in New York City and Secaucus. Dianne Doctor, the vice president and news director of WNYW, will take on the newly-created role of vice president and station manager at WWOR. Byron Harmon will replace Doctor as news director.

Doctor will oversee content and programming for WWOR, a MyNetworkTV affiliate. She succeeds Jim Driscoll, who joined Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia last year.

“I’ve lived in New Jersey for over 30 years, raised my children here, and have witnessed all the Garden State has to offer, as well as the challenges it faces. I’m proud to be given this opportunity to lead WWOR-TV during a particularly exciting and unique time in our state’s history,” Doctor said in a statement. “I look forward to enhancing our presence in New Jersey and continuing our commitment to covering the issues that are relevant to residents of this community.”

As Doctor exits her post at WNYW, Harmon, the station’s senior executive producer, will replace her as news director. Harmon joined WNYW last year from CNN International. He has also worked as an executive producer at WCBS in New York and WTTG in Washington, D.C.

“Byron is a US Army veteran, published author and playwright, and highly accomplished news producer – having someone with such a unique perspective lead our news team is certainly an asset,” WNYW-WWOR vice president and general manager Lew Leone said in a statement. “He understands the need for constant evolution in our rapidly changing environment and I look forward to seeing his influence and creativity on our newscasts.”

In Philadelphia, Different Approaches to Chopper Coverage

The Philadelphia Daily News takes a look at the different approaches to aerial coverage for the market’s local stations. The piece examines local news service (LNS) agreements, which allow stations to pool helicopter resources. In Philly, NBC O&O WCAU used to share a helicopter with Fox O&O WTXF, an agreement that expired last year:

“We believe we should look to differentiate ourselves from other television stations in the market,” [WCAU vice president of news Anzio] Williams said. “It was hard to differentiate ourselves when we were using the same pictures.”

He added, “We wanted to make sure that everything we do is better. And by getting SKYFORCE 10, we now have the opportunity to have closer images, and we can take viewers where we want to. We wanted to have the best possible tool we could put in the air.”

[...] Williams’ competition says it isn’t particularly impressed by SKYFORCE 10. Jim Driscoll, Fox 29′s vice president/news director, doesn’t think that the strategy is forward-thinking. Read more

WTXF Taps Fox Veteran Jim Driscoll as News Director

Philadelphia Fox O&O WTXF has tapped Jim Driscoll as its next news director. Driscoll has spent the last five and a half years working as news director of WWOR, the Fox-owned MyNetwork TV affiliate in Secaucus.

Driscoll is also a former assistant news director of WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at WWOR, where he began as a production assistant and eventually rose to executive producer.

“Jim’s impressive track record of success at WWOR and WNYW speaks for itself. I’m confident that his leadership, solid local news instincts and inventive style will continue FOX 29’s growth and expand the station’s presence in the market,” WTXF vice president and general manager Dennis Bianchi said in a statement.

WTXF has been without a news director since Steve Schwaid left the station in July. Driscoll’s appointment is effective January 2. Read more

Entertainment Anchor Pat Collins Leaving WWOR After 25 Years

Pat Collins has announced that she will leave WWOR next month after 25 years at the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate for the New York metropolitan area.

Collins, the station’s entertainment anchor and reporter, has worked at WWOR since 1987. Station staffers were told this afternoon that Collins is leaving to spend more time with her family. Her last day will be December 21.

WWOR news director Jim Driscoll praised Collins for her “wonderful years of service and friendship to our newsroom and to our viewers.”

“Pat Collins is a class act, a phenomenal talent. We were lucky to have her as part of our Channel 9 team for more than 2 decades,” Driscoll told TVSpy. “She brought Hollywood and the Broadway stage to life on our air, and did so with style, dignity, and grace. She was a mentor and friend to just about every person who has ever worked in our newsroom.”

WWOR Hires Matt Alvarez as Full-Time Reporter

Matt Alvarez has been hired as a full-time reporter at WWOR, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Seacaucus.

Alvarez has been freelancing at WWOR and sister station WNYW since April 2010. He will be a general assignment reporter on WWOR’s 10 p.m. newscast, which is anchored by Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin.

“Matt has done a stellar job on reporting relevant issues affecting tri-state area residents and we are thrilled to offer him this opportunity,” WWOR vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Prior to joining WWOR, Alvarez was a reporter for WCMH in Columbus, OH and KJCT in Grand Junction, CO.