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Former Central Florida News 13 Anchor Lisa Bell Joining WKMG

Lisa Bell, a former morning anchor at Central Florida News 13, is joining Orlando CBS-affiliate WKMG in January.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Bell, who left Central Florida News 13 in July after she was replaced on the morning newscast by Marla Weech, had to complete her contract with the regional cable channel before signing on with another station.

“She will report for the 5, 6 and 7 p.m. news and fill is as anchor wherever we need her,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “She is a familiar face who has become a trusted source of news in our community.”

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Central Florida News 13 Shuffles Meteorologists

In the wake of a new morning anchor at Central Florida News 13, the regional cable channel in Orlando is shuffling their weather team, placing two of the station’s meteorologists in new timeslots.

The station swapped Jeff Day (pictured, right), the station’s chief meteorologist, and Ali Turiano, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Day was previously the morning meteorologist, while Turiano handled the weather forecasts for the daytime hours.

Turiano will be paired with Marla Weech, who was named morning anchor last month after the departure of Lisa Bell. Day had previously been paired with Bell, who was with Central Florida News 13 for four years. He will now be paired with daytime anchor Jackie Brockington.

Marla Weech Replaces Lisa Bell As Morning Anchor For Central Florida News 13

Marla Weech, who is a veteran anchor for several stations in the Orlando market, has been named morning anchor at Central Florida News 13, Orlando’s cable news station.

“I can’t think of a better person than Marla to help Central Florida start their day,” said News 13 VP-GM Robin Symthe. “Marla is smart, she’s talented, she’s warm, and she truly cares about our community and our viewers.” Weech replaces Lisa Bell, who left News 13 last week.

Since joining News 13 in March, Weech has been contributing to News 13 as a reporter, covering  the last Atlantis shuttle launch and the Casey Anthony case. Prior to joining News 13, she was an anchor at two other stations on Orlando — ABC affiliate WFTV and CBS affiliate WKMG, who cut her loose in 2008 due to a tough economy.

“I’m excited to be greeting Central Florida every morning,” Weech said. “It’s also wonderful to be part of a team of journalists who work around the clock to make sure our viewers have the very latest news. We’re going to make sure they have all the news, weather and traffic information they need to get their day started right.”

Marla Weech, ‘Grande Dame’ of Orlando TV, Joins Central Florida News 13

Marla Weech, who the Orlando Sentinel once called the grande dame of Orlando TV, has landed at Central Florida News 13, a cable-based news station serving central Florida. She’s set to make her on-air debut with the Bright House-owned station next month.

Weech, a native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has over two decades of experience anchoring in the Orlando market.

She spent most of her career with ABC-affiliate WFTV before moving on to CBS-affiliate WKMG, where she anchored the station’s noon, 4, and 5:50 p.m. newscasts.

Weech was eventually laid off by WKMG in the summer of 2008 in a move that was blamed on “tough economic times.”  Read more