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Joe Sullivan Named News Director at WXXV

Joe-SullivanJoe Sullivan, the 5:30 p.m. anchor at FOX affiliate WXXV, is adding news director to his title. Sullivan has worked at the Gulfport, Miss. station since September 2013.

In an interview with The Sun-Herald, Sullivan explained that he has taken on many different roles in his career (including a stint as a production assistant at ESPN and 14 years in Richmond, Va., as a sports anchor at NBC affiliate WWBT and sports director at FOX affiliate WRLH). In his new role, Sullivan will lead a team that includes six reporters:

“We have a good group. We have the most local news in this market. We have had entire newscasts that were solely local stories,” he said. “People have been very nice to us. They come up to me almost every day and say, ‘Thanks for giving us a choice.’”

Sullivan previously worked at ABC and CBS affiliate WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn., as a weekday morning anchor. He will continue his evening anchor role along with his new position.

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Local News to Debut on WXXV Tonight

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TVSpy told you in May WXXV was planning to launch a local newscast on its FOX and NBC channels. Tonight’s the night the shows for the Gulfport, MS, stations will debut.

The NBC subchannel will air its newscast at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m., while the FOX affiliate will air a 9:00 p.m. show. WXXV’s newscasts will compete with the only other local news in the market on ABC affiliate WLOX.

“Our station needed local news for the future growth of our company,” WXXV general manager Bobby Edwards told The Mississippi Press. “We have 40 employees who all live here locally. We want to be relevant to the local area and to be relevant you have to have local news.” Read more