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Sheba Turk to Anchor ‘The 504′ on WUPL

Sheba Turk will take over anchor duties on the WUPL interview show “The 504″ starting Monday.

The show, produced by CBS affiliate WWL, debuted in April after WWL announced it was no longer producing a 9:00 p.m. newscast for its sister station, the My NetworkTV affiliate WUPL.

Turk replaces the show’s first host. Melanie Hebert, who announced in July she was leaving the station. Read more

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Melanie Hebert Says Goodbye to WWL

WWL anchor Melanie Hebert is leaving New Orleans to join her husband in Baton Rouge. The announcement, which she made on Facebook, comes a year to the day after she made her debut on the New Orleans CBS affiliate.

Hebert said she is looking forward to trying “something new, and a more family-friendly job”:

I have spent virtually all of my twenties and my early thirties in news during a significant decade for this industry and the way it operates. I’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way we communicate… and I embrace it and feel blessed to have had the experience I did in TV news for the past 11 years. I am so thankful for everyone who has been so supportive, and I know I will be able to use my broadcast journalism experience to continue to grow professionally and personally in the next phase of my life.

Hebert, who co-anchors WWL’s morning newscast, will officially sign off July 23.

WWL Scraps News It Produces for WUPL

New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL has announced, starting Monday, it will no longer produce the 9:00 pm. newscast airing on sister station MyNetworkTV affiliate WUPL. In its place, the station plans to launch a show called “The 504″ an interview show featuring WWL morning anchor Melanie Hebert.

“We’re just excited to try something new and do some longer-form interview segments,” WWL news director Bill Siegel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think with the kind of elections we have and the number of elections we have, it will be really valuable to have a lot of different candidates come and talk about issues and try to do some debate-style things that we couldn’t really do during regular newscasts.”

According to the Times-Picayune, the WUPL 9:00 p.m. news was one of the lowest rated newscasts in any time slot during February’s book, averaging a 1.1 rating. One rating point in the New Orleans market equals roughly 6,400 homes. Read more

Melanie Hebert Makes Her WWL Debut

Melanie Hebert made her debut anchoring WWL‘s early-morning newscast today, ten months after the announcement of her hire at the New Orleans CBS-affiliate.

Hebert was sitting out a non-compete clause in her contract with NBC-affiliate WDSU, where she worked until last September. She has worked at WWL for the past several months as an off-camera reporter and digital media correspondent.

“Because I knew I had a job waiting for me I was able to enjoy my time off, then I enjoyed different roles of working in news over the past six months,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I am definitely ready to go back on-air now.” Read more

WWL to Launch 4:30 a.m. Newscast Next Week

Beginning Monday, the morning newscast on New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL will begin at 4:30 a.m.

“We know there is an audience that wants information earlier in the morning, and we felt this was the right time to start serving that group of viewers,” news director Bill Siegel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The extra half-hour will be anchored by Mike Hoss, with meteorologist Laura Buchtel and traffic reporter Christina Leavenworth. Melanie Hebert will co-anchor when she joins the station this Summer.

On the Move, 9/19/11

Marine Glisovic joins WICD in Champaign, IL as a reporter. She previously worked at WEIU in Charleston, IL.

WPDE anchor and reporter Mola Lenghi moves from Myrtle Beach to Dallas as he accepts a reporting job at KXAS.

Mike Gismondi joins WCJB in Gainesville, FL as weekend meteorologist and reporter. He previously worked at WEIU in Charleston, IL.

Danielle Lama joins Evansville’s WEHT as a reporter. She graduated in the spring from University of Maryland. Read more

On the Move, 9/15/11

Anchor Melanie Hebert joins WWL in New Orleans after spending three years with crosstown rival WDSU.

Former WCCO news director Scott Libin joins Internet Broadcasting as vice president of content solutions.

Kevin Essebaggers has been promoted to main anchor at WWTV-WWUP.  Essebaggers, who has been with WWTV-WWUP since 1998, will anchor the stations’ 6, 10, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Hebert is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

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WDSU’s Melanie Hebert Will Join Rival Station WWL Next Year

Melanie Hebert, who left New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU in June, will join rival station WWL — the market’s CBS affiliate — when her non-compete clause expires in 2012.

Beginning in July of next year, Hebert will be the morning anchor for WWL. She will be paired with Mike Hoss during the 5 a.m. hour and Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. She will also serve as the station’s Internet and social media correspondent beginning in January, which will presumably give her a chance to be part of WWL’s digital brand while waiting for her on-air non-compete clause to expire.

Hebert, a New Orleans native, said in a statement she “grew up watching” WWL. “It wasn’t my first choice to sit out for a year,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When it came down to it, I really wanted to stay in this market.”

In New Orleans, Two Morning Anchors Say Goodbye

The morning news in New Orleans looks a lot different today than it did yesterday as both WDSU and WWL said goodbye to morning anchors on Wednesday.

Melanie Hebert, who has been with WDSU since 2008, announced to viewers that she is leaving the NBC-affiliate to “take some time off for awhile.”

The WDSU morning team took turns saying goodbye to Hebert towards the end of yesterday’s newscast and shared a cake (video here).

Over at CBS-affilaite WWL, morning anchor Wayne Carter (left) also bid farewell on Wednesday, just a year after joining the station.

“He wanted to pursue other opportunities,” WWL news director Bill Siegel told The Times-Picayune. “It was amicable, obviously.”

Both anchors remain mum on what their next moves will be. Randi Rousseau will anchor WDSU’s morning newscast solo until Hebert’s replacement is found. And WWL now has a “Morning Show Anchor” job listing posted on its website.