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Sheinelle Jones Joining ‘Weekend Today’

wtxf_jones bye_304As our sister site TVNewser reported, former WTXF anchor Sheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of NBC’s weekend Today Show starting October 4.

In a statement, NBC News President Deborah Turness described Jones as “an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

In March, Jones told viewers she was leaving Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF to be with her kids. She started at WTXF in 2005 as a general assignment reporter. She has also worked at KOKI in Tulsa and WICS in Springfield, Illinois.

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Keith Russell Back Doing Sports in Philadelphia

russell wtxfPhiladelphia FOX owned station WTXF has named Keith Russell weekend anchor and anchor for Game Day Live.

Russell replaces Colleen Wolfe who is leaving the station Sunday. She started at WTXF in 2012.

From 2005 until 2012, Russell worked at Philadelphia ABC station WPVI before leaving to work as a news anchor at WRC in Washington, D.C. He has also anchored sports for CNN and ESPN, WJAR in Providence, RI, WJTV in Jackson, MS and WHLT in Hattiesburg, MS.

Russell will also contribute to the 10:30 p.m. Sports Sunday show.

FOX Philadelphia Launches Interactive Weekend Morning Newscast

WTXF, the FOX owned Philadelphia Station, is going to launch a weekend morning newscast centered around smart phones and social media.

According to the station, #FOX29 Weekend will be “an interactive, social newscast with viewer generated news content and regular contributors who are not reporters…but news makers in the market.”

“We are excited to launch a completely different type of newscast,” said Audrey Fish, VP of creative services. “We will bring to life on TV what our viewers are already doing every day- using their phones, and computers to create a dialogue about what’s going on in the world.”

The show boasts a new 360 degree stage for three different newscasts with a view of Center City Philadelphia.

#FOX29 Weekend launches Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 a.m. The show airs Saturdays from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. It will also stream live on the station website.

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Kacie McDonnell Says Goodbye to WTXF

Traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell announced on today’s “Good Day Philadelphia” that she’s leaving WTXF. According to a report on Philly.com, McDonnell will be moving to Kansas City to be closer to her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray. Watch her tearful goodbye above.

And here’s a statement from McDonnell (via tweet): Read more

WTXF Debuts New Evening Anchor Team

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Last night was the first night on the WTXF anchor desk for Lucy Noland, who joins Iain Page as co-anchor of the evening newscasts at Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Noland and Page are pictured here alongside Jim Driscoll, the station’s vice president and news director.

The Fox-owned station is undergoing some big changes this year– a new morning anchor, a new set for “Good Day Philadelphia,” and the launch of the weekend morning newscasts, which will debut this fall.

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

Alex Holley Joins WTXF As Co-Host of ‘Good Day Philadelphia’

Alex Holley is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia, as co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Holley will co-anchor alongside Mike Jerrick beginning later this summer, replacing Shinelle Jones, who signed off in March.

Holley, who joins WTXT from WMBF in Myrtle Beach, stopped by “Good Day Philadelphia” yesterday. Watch:

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

‘Good Day Philadelphia’ Anchors Were Off to See The Wizard This Morning

Calling their portrayal, “very accurate” the actress playing Dorothy in the new stage production of the “Wizard of Oz” visited the set of Good Day Philadelphia.

Danielle Wade was talking about the WTXF anchors dressing up like The Cowardly Lion (Mike Jerrick), The Tin Man (Quentin Harris) and Dorothy (Jennaphr Frederick) and dancing and singing, which is code for hopping around and half shouting in unison.

A special treat? Besides hearing Wade’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” watch as Harris’ Tin Man grips his pants as though he’s fearful they may drop at any second.

Lucy Noland Named Evening Anchor for WTXF

lucy noland croppedPhiladelphia FOX owned station WTXF has named Lucy Noland evening anchor.

“Lucy is one of the smartest anchors  I’ve ever worked with,” Jim Driscoll, WTXF VP and news director said in a statement. “She brings an energy and passion for storytelling that I believe will truly resonate with our viewers.”

Last week, WTXF evening anchor Kerry Barrett was moved to mornings. Noland will anchor the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Noland last worked as an anchor at KNBC in Los Angeles. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, FOX’s owned stations in New York (WNYW) and Detroit (WJBK), KIMO in Anchorage, AK, KFSN in Frenso, CA, and KGO in San Francisco, and KJEO in Fresno.

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