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Melissa Voetsch Joins WTVG in Toledo

Melissa-VoetschMore than a year after health issues forced her to leave Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL, Melissa Voetsch has returned to the airwaves on rival WTVG. Voetch, who anchored the morning newscasts at WTOL, suffers from a heart condition.

“Melissa Voetsch joined 13abc this week on a temporary basis to help us with some staffing needs. She will be a general assignment reporter and we are delighted to have someone of her abilities on our team,” Brian Trauring, the ABC affiliate’s news director, told TVSpy.

The Toledo Blade reports Voetsch will be with WTVG for at least the next three months.

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Chrys Peterson Signing Off From WTOL

chrys petersonChrys Peterson is saying goodbye to WTOL after 20 years at the Toledo CBS affiliate, the Toledo Blade reports.

Peterson, the weeknight evening anchor, is leaving the station to spend more time with her family. She will officially sign off on February 28.

“Chrys has been a fixture at WTOL and, more importantly, in this community for 20 years. I can’t begin to express how much she will be missed,” news director C.J. Hoyt told the Blade. “The good news is that she’ll remain a part of this community and a part of the many projects that are near to her heart and important to our viewers and WTOL, like Race for the Cure. It’s certainly going to be impossible to truly replace her, so we’ll talk more about that at a more appropriate time.”

Brandon Jones Set to Join WTOL in Toledo

Brandon Jones is joining Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. In a note to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director CJ Hoyt said Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

“He’ll get acclimated his first couple days and be on the air that week co-anchoring with Melissa Andrews … We’re very excited to have him on board!” Hoyt wrote.

Jones moves to Toledo from Greensboro, N.C., where he is a reporter at WGHP. He has previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KBTV in Beaumont, Texas and as an associate producer at WDIV in Detroit.

Tina Shaerban Says Goodbye to Toledo’s WTOL

Tina Shaerban is signing off today from WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade.

Shaerban, the morning traffic reporter at WTOL, has been with the station for two years. She has been anchoring the 9 a.m. newscast during Melissa Voetsch‘s medical leave. Shaerban is moving back to her hometown, Cleveland, with her family.

“She brings a natural joy with her to our newsroom every single day. It’s the kind of brightness and enthusiasm that’s not easy to find,” news director C.J. Hoyt said. Hoyt noted the station is searching for a replacement for an early August debut.

Heart Condition Forces Anchor Melissa Voetsch to Take More Time Off From WTOL

Toledo’s WTOL announced this week that anchor Melissa Voetsch is taking another medical leave due to a heart condition.

Voetsch, who anchors the morning and 9 a.m. newscasts at the Toledo CBS-affiliate, began having health problems in November after she had a virus that severely lowered the functionality of her heart, according to the station.

“We wanted to let you know that she’s going to be taking an extended break from WTOL to make sure she’s 100 percent healthy,” Chris Vickers told viewers on Tuesday. “The good news is she does continue to improve every day and this break is exactly what her doctors think she needs to fully recover.” Read more

Gary Yoder Named VP-GM at Mobile’s WALA-WFNA

Gary Yoder has been named vice president and general manager of WALA-WFNA, the LIN Media duopoly in Mobile. His appointment is effective immediately.

Yoder has been vice president and general manager of WUPW since 2009. WUPW, the Toledo Fox-affiliate, merged with WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in the market, last month. Prior to his appointment as VP-GM, he served as the station’s general sales manager.

“Gary is an accomplished broadcast executive who brings a forward-thinking approach to multiplatform news, sales and promotions,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP for television, said in a statement. “He also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers.” Read more

In Toledo, WTOL-WUPW Merger Moving Forward

The shared services agreement between Toledo CBS-affiliate WTOL and Fox-affiliate WUPW is expected to become official today, according to the Toledo Blade. Under the terms of the agreement, WTOL will handle WUPW’s news programming.

Beginning Monday, the combined six evening newscasts will be a mix of on-air talent from both stations. Management and sales personnel from WUPW have moved into the WTOL building, but the two teams will remain separate, the Blade reports. Read more

FCC Approves Sale of WUPW, Layoffs Likely to Follow

The FCC has approved the sale of WUPW, bringing the Toledo Fox-affiliate one step closer to an expected round of layoffs.

The Toledo Blade reports that the $22 million deal for WUPW between LIN Media, the station’s current owner, and American Spirit Media was approved on Monday.  Attached to the deal is a shared services agreement with Raycom Media, which owns the market’s CBS-affiliate, WTOL.

As WUPW’s new owner pools its resources with WTOL, as many as 63 people could lose their jobs.  A formal announcement about the shared services agreement is expected next week.

Toledo’s WUPW to Lay Off 63 Employees

Toledo Fox-affiliate WUPW will reportedly lay off 63 employees when the station changes ownership this spring.

The Toledo Blade reports that Ohio state officials have been informed of planned layoffs at WUPW when a deal for the station between American Spirit Media and LIN Media is finalized in the coming months.

American Spirit, a Charlotte-based company run by Thomas Henson, who owns a handful of stations across the country, is buying WUPW from LIN for $22 million.  LIN has owned and operated the station since 2002. Read more

Melissa Voetsch on Indefinite Leave from WTOL Due to Heart Condition

Morning anchor Melissa Voetsch is on indefinite medical leave from Toledo’s WTOL after being diagnosed with myocarditis, a condition that severely lowers functionality of the heart.

Voetsch was getting ready for work one morning in late October when she began experiencing trouble breathing, according to the station. Her condition may have developed after battling pneumonia this summer.

“As soon as she’s better and can come back, we’ll welcome her with open arms,” WTOL news director C.J. Hoyt told the Toledo Blade. “We can’t wait to see her. [But] it all depends on how she responds to treatment. Our first priority is making sure she gets better.” Read more

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