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Irika Sargent to Join WFOR as Anchor in May

Irika Sargent PhotoMiami CBS owned station WFOR has announced Irika Sargent will be joining Rick Folbaum as co-anchor of the evening newscasts.

“We are excited to welcome Irika Sargent to CBS4,” Adam Levy, VP and GM of WFOR-WBFS said in a statement. “Irika will be another key addition to the talented and experienced news team we have here and we look forward to having her partner with Rick, starting in May.”

Sargent comes from KPRC in Houston where she is a weekend anchor and nightside reporter. She has also worked in Mobile, AL, Columbia, MO, and London, England.

She is currently a member of the New York Bar Association.

Levy also spoke about Cynthia Demos who currently anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news with Folbaum and had been filling in after Shannon Hori left the station last year. “Cynthia has given us an experienced and steady hand at the anchor desk during our evening newscasts the past several months and we look forward to having her continue to be a key contributor to our success.”

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WFOR Confirms: Folbaum Replacing Rodriguez at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that Rick Folbaum was leaving FOX news to anchor at WFOR the CBS owned station in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, but didn’t know which newscasts he would anchor. Now we know.

WFOR has confirmed, beginning August 26 Folbaum will anchor the station’s 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscast, moving veteran anchor Eliott Rodriguez to the Noon and 6:00 p.m. shows.

“I am thrilled to be joining the distinguished news team at CBS4,” Folbaum said in a statement. “Everyone in the news business knows that South Florida is one of the best news markets in the country. I’ve spent lots of time in this area ever since I was a kid. My wife and I are looking forward to raising our own children in this dynamic and diverse community.” Read more

Rick Folbaum Leaves Fox News for WFOR

Rick Folbaum, who has been with Fox News nearly from the start, is leaving the network and has been named an anchor at WFOR the CBS-owned station in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

Folbaum joined Fox News in 1996, left in 2006 to anchor at Fox-owned WNYW in New York, and returned to FNC in 2009 where he has been anchor of “America’s News Headquarters” on Saturdays.

A WFOR spokesperson tells TVSpy Folbaum will join the station in late August on a Monday-Friday schedule, but it’s not known which shows he’ll anchor. The station has seen two main anchors depart in the last six months: Shannon Hori left WFOR in May for WAVE in Louisville, and Antonio Mora departed in December. Last week, Mora was named a primetime anchor for the new Al Jazeera America.

Folbaum, a Syracuse University grad and father of five, will have his last day at Fox News Aug. 9.

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell to the Vatican

Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.

ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.

Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.

Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.

Philly’s CW affiliate WPSG is owned by CBS and operated as a duopoly with KYW. KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas, had no special coverage of the Pope’s farewell.