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Josh Benson Fired from WFOR

WFOR, the CBS-owned station in South Florida, has fired morning anchor Josh Benson.

“WFOR-TV has terminated the employment of Josh Benson for his operation of a personal website that streamed the station’s newscasts without the knowledge and consent of the station,” the station said in a statement.

Benson’s Twitter page and personal site are both down as of this writing. Before coming to WFOR last August, Benson was an evening anchor at WFTV in Orlando.

CBS, and other broadcasters are in a legal fight with Aereo, a service which takes the signals of local television stations are streams them on internet-connected devices.

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WFOR Still Talking About Last Year’s BCS Championship Game

Miami’s CBS owned station WFOR put up the wrong graphic for its 6 p.m. report about preparations for next week’s BCS Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama. The graphic on the big monitor behind anchors Shannon Hori and Josh Benson showed last year’s matchup between LSU and Alabama.

This year’s BCS National Championship Game will be played Monday in Miami.

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In Miami, High Speed U-Haul Chase Takes Over Noon Newscasts

A man driving a U-Haul truck led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Miami Friday afternoon.

Two of the Miami stations, ABC affiliate WPLG and Fox affiliate WSVN, were in the middle of the noon newscasts when the news broke. WSVN was the first to start following the chase at 12:21 p.m., with photographer Ralph Rayburn in its chopper and Alexis Rivera and Christine Cruz at the anchor desk. WPLG began covering it at 12:35 p.m. with Constance Jones anchoring. Read more

On the Move 10/4/2012

Danielle Leigh moves from KCRA in Sacramento to Washington DC correspondent for NBC News Channel.

Marc Santia has made the jump from WDIV in Detroit to reporter at WNBC.

Amara Sohn joins WFLD as weekend anchor/reporter from WTVJ in Miami.

Keith Garvin moves to weekday anchor at KPRC in Houston from morning anchor at KTVT in Dallas.

John Knicely will join KIRO in Seattle as a weekday morning anchor from KMOV in St. Louis.

Bob DeCastro joins KTTV in Los Angeles as a reporter/fill-in anchor.

Josh Benson joins WFOR as weekday morning anchor.  Previously he worked at WFTV in Orlando.

Blake McCoy joins KARE in Minneapolis as a weekend anchor from KTNV in Las Vegas.

Adam Longo joins KPHO in Phoenix as a weekend anchor/reporter from Central Florida News in Orlando.

Courtney Fallon jumps almost 40 markets from WLNE in Providence to weekend sportscaster at WTVJ in Miami.

Jeff Varner joins WNCT in Greenville, NC as the main evening anchor.

Marie Coronel joins KGTV in her hometown of San Diego as a reporter from WTKR in Norfolk.

Leyla Santiago will join WRAL in Raleigh as a reporter from KBAK in Bakersfield.

Erielle Reshef moves to KOCO in Oklahoma City as a reporter/anchor. Erielle previously worked as an anchor/reporter at IBA English News in Israel.

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In South Florida, Jawan Strader Joins WTVJ from WFOR

Jawan Strader has been named Weekend Evening anchor and reporter at NBC6 South Florida. Strader joins the station from crosstown rival, CBS-owned WFOR where he spent the last 10 years, most recently anchoring mornings.

Before South Florida, Strader was an anchor/reporter at WOIO and WKYC in Cleveland. He began his journalism career as a photographer/reporter for the Southwest Michigan bureau of WSBT in South Bend, Indiana, and has worked at KJRH in Tulsa and KXAN in Austin.

WFOR recently brought on Josh Benson as its new morning co-anchor.

Josh Benson Joins WFOR as Morning Co-Anchor

Josh Benson is joining WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, as c0-anchor of the morning newscast.

Benson comes from WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, where he spent two years as the station’s evening anchor. At WFOR, he will co-anchor from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Rhiannon Ally. His first day will be August 27.

“We are very excited to introduce Josh Benson to our viewers,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement announcing the hire. “His on-air presence, energy, and journalism skills will make him a great addition to our morning team.”

After 15 Years as Morning Co-Anchor, Greg Warmoth Moving to Evenings at WFTV

Changes are coming to the anchor lineup at Orlando’s WFTV as Greg Warmoth leaves the morning anchor desk.

Warmoth is shifting to evenings, where he will replace Josh Benson as the 5 and 6 p.m. anchor. Benson is leaving WFTV, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Warmoth and Vanessa Echols have been morning co-anchors for 14 years. WFTV’s weekend anchor, Jamie Holmes, will replace Warmoth on the newscast.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jamie Holmes and am confident our viewers will embrace him as well in his new role,” Echols said. Read more

KGAN Reports on Former News Director’s Continued Investigation into Disappearance of Local Anchor

Cedar Rapids CBS-affiliate KGAN recently reported on some renewed interest in the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, who began her broadcasting career with the station.

Huisentruit disappeared in 1995, a short time before she was expected to arrive for work as a morning anchor for KIMT in Mason City.

“Investigators believe she was kidnapped, but they’ve never named a suspect, or found her body,” KGAN reporter Alice Barr told viewers on Thursday.  “Now some renewed interest in the case has her family and friends more dedicated than ever to finding justice for Jodi.” Read more

WFTV Veteran Bob Opsahl Leaves 11 p.m. Newscast

It’s the end of an era at WFTV. Veteran anchor Bob Opsahl, who viewers have seen on the 11 p.m. newscast since the mid-1980s, has left the station’s evening shift.

Opsahl, who began his career at the ABC affiliate  in 1978, will still anchor the station’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts. He told The Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker he was looking forward to the better hours. “After more than 25 years of working a night-side schedule, I’m pretty excited about having my nights open,” Opsahl said.

So what’s next for the evening news at WFTV?

Josh Benson will join longtime anchor Martie Salt, said news director Bob Jordan. “There comes a time when you have to prepare for the long-term future,” he said. “We don’t want to do it all at once or precipitously.”