“After careful consideration and discussion with NBC5 management, we have mutually decided to part ways and end my tenure as co-anchor of NBC5 Today,” Hayes told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “…I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to play a major role at such a well-respected news operation and thank the viewers for their support. I’m grateful to (vice president of news) Susan Tully and all the managers at NBC5 for the opportunity and look forward to continuing my career in television news.”
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Hayes announced last week that he would say goodbye to the Atlanta Fox O&O after ten years as the morning anchor. He will join KXAS in the same role, sharing the anchor desk from 4:30 – 7 a.m. with Deborah Ferguson.
“When a viewer turns on the news in the morning, Mark is the kind of person they want to see,” KXAS vice president of news Susan Tully said in a statement. “He has a warm delivery and makes the early wake-up just a little more enjoyable. Mark had a deeply loyal following in Atlanta because of his personable approach to giving viewers their first news of the day.” Read more
In a statement announcing his departure, Hayes said “an incredible amount of soul searching” led to the decision “to venture out and continue to pursue my dreams in the field of broadcast journalism.” Read more
Hayes joined the Atlanta Fox O&O in 2002. He currently anchors from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. with Guvir Dhindsa.
“We have enjoyed working with Mark over the past 10 years,” WAGA general manager Bill Schneider said in a statement. “He has always demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for his work and it has resonated well with our viewers. We will miss Mark’s passion and wish him the best of luck in his future.”
Hayes will announce his departure and future plans on “Good Day Atlanta” tomorrow.
Feldman, who has been with the station since 2007, joins a “Good Day Atlanta” team that has been retooled in recent months. WAGA welcomed anchor Gurvir Dhindsa back to the show this spring after a decade away, and the station recently added Buck Lanford to its morning roster, freeing up longtime anchor Mark Hayes to do more reporting.
WAGA will rotate in some new faces on its weekday morning show, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at least through the summer. The station will break up the hours of its morning broadcast with different anchors to free up Mark Hayes, who currently does the bulk of the anchor duties on “Good Day Atlanta,” for more reporting.
Hayes (pictured at left), who has been with the Atlanta Fox O&O since 2002, is currently on the air from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. WAGA will cut his on-air time back by more than two hours, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
With the line-up changes, Hayes will anchor “Good Day Atlanta” from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Co-anchor Guvir Dhindsa will not see her hours change — she will anchor the first two hours of the morning broadcast with Hayes, then the second two hours, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with Hayes’ replacement, Buck Lanford.
Karen Graham, who currently helms the 9 a.m. hour, will also take over the 4:30 a.m. half-hour for Hayes.
Dhindsa, who has been working as an anchor for D.C. Fox O&O WTTG since 2004, previously anchored “Good Day Atlanta” from 1997 to 2000.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Gurvir back,” said WAGA vice president and general manager Bill Schneider, in making the announcement. “Her knowledge of Atlanta combined with her ability to connect with viewers makes her the ideal candidate to host ‘Good Day.’”