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WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

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WBAL’s Donna Hamilton Named 11 p.m. Co-Anchor

Starting next month, WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton will join Rod Daniels to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hamilton, who has been at the Baltimore NBC-affiliate since 1995, will continue to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Her first day anchoring all three programs will be February 5, which is the night of the Super Bowl.

WBAL general manager Dan Joerres told the Sun that the decision was made to “give Donna some extra exposure” with the strong lead-in programming from NBC.

Daniels has been anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast solo since the station cut longtime anchor Marianne Banister in July.

End of an Era in Baltimore as WBAL Cuts Longtime Anchor Marianne Banister

Marianne Banister, who has co-anchored WBAL‘s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts for the past 16 years, is leaving the top-rated NBC-affiliate.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Banister’s contract was not renewed by the station and her last day will be Wednesday.

“I want to make this clear: This is not my choice,” Banister told the Sun‘s David Zurawik. “I’m not retiring. I’m not leaving to ‘spend more time with my family.’”

Banister will have an opportunity to say goodbye to viewers at the end of her final 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, while also bidding farewell to her longtime co-anchor Rod Daniels. Together, Banister and Daniels are the longest running anchor team in Baltimore. Read more