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After Just Four Months As News Director, John Soares Leaving KWCH

Just four months after joining KWCH, news director John Soares is leaving the Wichita CBS affiliate.

“I met with my newsroom staff on Monday to let them know that I am remaining with the station through Friday to facilitate the transition to an interim news director,” Soares told TVSpy in an email.

Tipsters tell TVSpy the interim news director is Tom Lindner, a former news director at KARE in Minneapolis.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Soares told TVSpy he is not headed to Oklahoma City to replace Mary Ann Eckstein at KFOR.

“There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor of me heading to KFOR in Oklahoma City,” he said.

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WJHL Swapping Morning and Evening Anchors

WJHL announced this week that anchors Josh Smith and Sara Diamond are switching schedules.

Smith will move from mornings to anchor the CBS-affiliate’s 5, 5:30, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts and Diamond will take his place from 5-7:00 a.m., as well as noon.

“The move gives our viewers more reason to watch,” said John Soares, WJHL’s news director. “Our devoted morning viewers won’t want to miss Josh anchor our incomparable evening news coverage and our evening viewers will certainly be eager to wake up in the morning to start their day with Sara.”

Smith and Diamond have been fixtures at WJHL for the past decade. A native of the Tri-Cities region, Smith joined WJHL in 1999 and Diamond came along in 2001, working as a weekend anchor before landing the weekday evening spot.  Video of the anchors announcing the switch inside… Read more