“We have searched far and wide for the right morning co-anchor to join that team,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told WKYC’s Director’s Cut blog. “We believe the right person was here all along.”
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Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.
WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.
ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.
WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.
“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.
According to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, Tye will continue to report for the evening newscast three days a week. He has been a general assignment reporter for the station since September, when he was replaced on the morning newscast by John Anderson.
Tye joined WKYC in 2004. [h/t TVNewsCheck]
The station announced the move on its facebook page, “She’s moving back to Florida to be with her husband. We wish her nothing but the best and will miss her every morning on Channel 3 News Today.”
The morning team said goodbye to Coueignoux on this morning’s show. “She made Cleveland TV better,” said Matt Granite. “And Steph is 40 percent of my social life,” he added. Granite then asked anchor John Anderson and meteorologist Hollie Strano to take over for her.
Anderson, who replaces Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, told his followers on facebook Saturday night, “Hi Everyone, tonight is my last show on the weekend working with Lynna Lai. Starting Monday, I’m going back to the morning show.”
“For right now, John Anderson and Hollie Strano will be co-hosting the morning show, and, obviously, neither is a stranger to that beat,” Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC affiliate told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Going forward, that doesn’t mean it will be permanent. There will be at least one more person added.”
According to the Plain-Dealer WKYC’s 4:30 a.m. show has been trailing morning ratings leader FOX affiliate WJW.
Anderson returned to WKYC in October 2012. He anchored the morning show between 2000 and 2007 before leaving to work at WTXF in Philadelphia.
“While he’s only been at Channel 3 for 18 months,” said Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC Affiliate. “He’s been instrumental in launching our new anchor teams of Russ Mitchell and Kris Pickel, Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, and Lynna Lai and John Anderson. He’s a forward-thinking manager who expects the best from his team and fights for the resources to bring high-quality newscasts to viewers in Northeast Ohio.”
Donnellan has held news management positions in Atlanta and Boston. He left his job as news director at Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT in 2009.
Anderson, who worked at WKYC from 2000 to 2007, will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts alongside Lynna Lai beginning October 24. During his seven years at WKYC, he anchored the morning newscast with his wife, Kristin Anderson.
“We are really happy to be moving back to Cleveland,” Anderson said in a statement. “Kristin and I loved our time there, and I’m looking forward to jumping back into the news and sports world of Northeast Ohio.”
Anderson has spent the last five years as morning anchor at WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia.
Eskin is the longtime host of WCAU’s “Sports Final,” as well as a local radio personality in Philadelphia. The move is a return to WTXF for the sportscaster, who once served as anchor of the station’s 10 p.m. newscast.
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my career, having had the opportunity to cover some of the most memorable games and athletes in Philadelphia,” Eskin said. “But, there is nothing like getting a chance to return to FOX 29, where my heart has always been. It’s great to be back.”
Beginning on September 4, Eskin will anchor sports for WTXF’s evening newscasts. John Anderson, who is the station’s current sports anchor, will take on an expanded role at WTXF, moving to reporting and anchoring news.