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Earlier this month, news hit that Citadel Communications CEO Phil Lombardo laid into DeLuca moments before a newscast after he heard the veteran anchor loudly searching for a misplaced laptop. Reports paraphrase Lombardo’s message to DeLuca as “I could easily have your ass thrown out of here.”
Now, according to GoLocalProv, DeLuca has decided to re-sign with WLNE after sniffing around for another gig. A native of New England, DeLuca joined WLNE in 1999 and currently anchors the station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m.
By signing DeLuca, WLNE maintains some on-air consistency. Since being acquired by Citadel, over a dozen staffers have been shown the door including DeLuca’s co-anchor Allison Alexander, who was recently replaced by Karen Meyers.
Providence’s WLNE is announcing its second on-air hiring of the week. Days after introducing Karen Meyers as the new face of the ABC-affiliate’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, WLNE announced today that Liz Tufts would join the station as an anchor, reporter, and producer.
Tufts comes to WLNE from WSHM in Springfield, MA, where she’s worked the last six years as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter.
“Liz is a rare find,” said WLNE vice president and general manager Chris Tzianabos, in announcing the move. “She is a talented multimedia journalist, with experience anchoring, reporting, producing, shooting and editing stories for air and online.”
Before joining WSHM, where she’s worked on a diverse array of stories including one in which she posed as a prostitute, Meyers served as an MMJ for Lincoln’s KLKN. She will anchor WLNE’s weekend newscasts beginning June 13th.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the WLNE,” said Tufts, a native New Englander. “I look forward to bringing our viewers stories and newscasts that remind them why where we live is so special.”
WLNE has made its biggest on-air talent move since being bought by Citadel Communications earlier this year. The Providence ABC-affiliate announced this week that Karen Meyers (right) would anchor the station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, replacing Allison Alexander, whose contract was not renewed.
Alexander had been with WLNE since 2007 and, according to NewsBlues, was the highest paid newsroom employee.
Meyers, a graduate of Boston College, has spent the last four years working as an anchor for NECN, the regional cable news channel owned by Comcast.
“Karen’s journalistic experience, anchoring/reporting skill and her knowledge of New England make her an outstanding choice for this critical position in our news department,” said Chris Tzianabos, WLNE’s newly appointed president and general manager, in making the announcement. Read more