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Shannon Moss Returns to Portland Television With Self-Produced Interview Show

Former Portland, Maine anchor Shannon Moss, who was dropped by WMTW in June, is returning to television next month with a self-produced interview show, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The half hour show, “Split Screen with Shannon Moss,” is produced, hosted and funded entirely by the former anchor. It will air twice a month and be shown on Portland CW affiliate WPXT and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPME, as well as streamed online.

“No question her popularity is a factor. When I heard she was interested in doing this show, I knew we had to find a way to make it happen,” WPXT-WPME general manager Tom Mac Arthur told the Press Herald. “With her experience and contacts, she’ll have a lot of interesting people on.”

Scheduled guests include former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and snowboarder Seth Wescott.

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Shannon Moss Out at WMTW

The Portland Press Herald reports morning anchor Shannon Moss has been let go from Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

“It’s a fickle business,” Moss told the Press Herald. “I was told I was a fierce journalist with a great work ethic, but that viewers weren’t responding to me.”

She said she knew her contract had expired, but was surprised when told by station management on Tuesday that it would be her last day. She said she had no “ill feelings” for WMTW and wishes “the best” for her former colleagues.

WMTW president and general manager David Abel told TVSpy, the station doesn’t comment on personnel matters.

Moss had been an anchor at the station since 2007. She worked at the Portland NBC affiliate WCSH before coming to WMTW.

WMTW Crew Finds Missing Man While Reporting On Search

A 72-year-old Maine man who suffers from dementia had been missing for more than 14 hours before he walked up to a WMTW camera crew right after they did a live update on the effort to find him.

In the station’s video, Robert McDonough walked up behind Norm Karkos, anchor and reporter for the Portland, ME, ABC affiliate, at around 6:30 a.m. while Karkos was between live updates on the search.

“Well sometimes timing is everything Erin and Shannon,” Karkos told anchors Erin Ovalle and Shannon Moss in his next live shot. “And good news, and a happy ending. The gentleman behind us, you’re looking at, that is Robert McDonough.”

According to the station, the crew immediately called the Maine Warden Service after McDonough identified himself to Karkos. Wardens started searching for McDonough around 4:00 p.m. Monday. Click here to view the video. The WMTW website does not support embedding.

In Portland, Morning Anchor Erin Ovalle Jumps to Crosstown Rival

In Portland, Maine, anchor Erin Ovalle is jumping from CBS-affiliate WGME to join crosstown rival WMTW, a Hearst-owned ABC-affiliate.

Ovalle joined WGME at the end of 2008 and had been anchoring the station’s morning newscast.  She will hold a similar position with WMTW, co-anchoring “News 8 This Morning” with Shannon Moss.

Although Ovalle has made stops in Traverse City, MI and Pensacola, FL, she began her broadcasting career in the northeast.  She grew in Southern New Hampshire and, while attending Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she interned at WMUR in Manchester, NH.

Ovalle’s WMTW is set for January 12. In making the announcement, the WMTW described Ovalle’s last stop only as “another TV station in Portland.”