NewsCenter5 morning meteorologist J.C. Monahan is leaving the Eyeopener, according to WCVB.com. Her new role will be co-host of nightly news-magazine Chronicle. Her dayside replacement is former Fox25 morning met Cindy Fitzgibbon.
GM Bill Fine wasted no time showering praise upon both weather guessers, commenting, “JC is an extraordinarily talented journalist and was looking for a new challenge. Cindy is someone we long admired as a competitor and was looking for a return to local television after taking six months off to be with her family.” He added, “The timing was incredibly fortunate for NewsCenter 5 and Chronicle, as this is a true perfect match in every way, for our viewers, JC and Cindy.”
If you may remember, Fitzgibbon left Fox25 six months ago to spend more time with her family. No word yet on her first day at 5 TV Place.
Former Fox25 traffic reporter Doug Meehan has landed a new TV job in Phoenix. The popular TV guy-turned-radio host announced late Wednesday night that he has taken a job with KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, where he will co-anchor the station’s morning newscast.
After being let go from the Fox O&O in 2010 after a local news service between Fox25 and WBZ grounded the station’s helicopter, Meehan resurfaced at FM talker WTKK where he hosted a talk show. Following his departure from the station amid swirling rumors of a format change by owner Greater Media, Meehan teased a move back to TV. His first day working mornings will be January 14th.
Fox25 has announced the hiring of New Mexico anchor Melissa Mahan. Mahan will co-anchor alongside Heather Hegedus on the weekend edition of the Fox25 News.
Fox25 News Director and Vice President Paul McGonagle remarked, “Bringing experience as both an Anchor and a Reporter, Melissa is a tremendous addition to FOX25 News,” adding, “It’s a pleasure to welcome her back to the area to cover news important to New England viewers.”
Mahan, who left NewsCenter5 sister station KOAT late last month, previously worked at WLNE in Providence. No word on her start date.
Fox25 has finally named a replacement for departed morning met Cindy Fitzgibbon. Shiri Spear, formerly of Miami’s WTVJ (NBC/6), has been hired at the Dedham-based O&O.
Spear was lauded by 25 news director Paul McGonagle, remarking in a statement, “Shiri brings an abundance of knowledge and experience in forecasting New England weather,” adding, “She will be a great addition to the FOX25 weather team and we’re happy to welcome her back to her hometown.”
The New England native will join the Fox25 Morning News on November 19th. She replaces Cindy Fitzgibbon, who left the station in September to “take a breather.”
Longtime Fox25 morning met Cindy Fitzgibbon announced this morning that she will be leaving the station. After joining the morning news at its inception in 2003, Fitzgibbon became a fixture on the popular morning show.
In her announcement, she remarked that “I’ve made a decision, just really for personal reasons, that when my contract expires on October 3, I’m not going to re-sign,” adding, “I just kind of want to take a little bit of a break. My last day will be in two weeks.”
No word yet on her replacement, though her last day is in two weeks.
Fox25 has hired a new reporter from Texas. Brendan Fitzgerald, who spent the past two years at Texas CBS-affil KGBT, arrives in Dedham as a sports reporter.
Fitzgerald, a native of Massachusetts, told TVSpy, “Growing up on the Cape, covering sports in Boston has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “There’s no place like home and no place I’d rather be working than at FOX25, a station I grew up watching.”
He replaces Kristine Leahy, the nightly sports reporter who joined the Fox O&O last July. No word yet on his official start date.
Fox25 has decided to expand their morning show by another half-hour. In a move echoing rousing-success-story KRON in San Francisco, the soon-to-be six hour morning newscast will operate using the same staff. Fox O&Os in other markets use two anchor teams, often with two broadcast identities (Good Day City Name) to fill the time.
Gregg Kelley, GM of the Fox O&O, said in a statement, “This additional expansion reflects our ongoing commitment to covering news for the viewers wherever and whenever it happens.”
Anchored by Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire, along with Cindy Fitzgibbon, Doug “V.B.” Goudie, and Sorboni Banerjee, the expanded newscast will debut on July 9th.
In addition, the station will also launch a weekend edition of their 6 p.m. newscast on July 7th.
Hat tip to btvn commenter waianae who posted about the news on the btvn forums.
7 News anchor Sorboni Banerjee has left Bulfinch Place. The Herald reports today that the popular weekender is headed to Fox25.
Banerjee, who joined WHDH in 2006, is moving up the dial to work alongside Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire on the Fox25 Morning News.
No word yet on her last day at 7 or her debut on Fox.
Fox25 has brought in another fresh face to report from the field. Catherine Parrotta, currently at Portland, Maine-CBS affil WGME, will be joining the owned-and-operated station as a general assignment reporter.
Parrotta, a native of Saugus, spent five years in Maine as a reporter and anchor. No word yet on her arrival in Dedham. She joins a host of new hires at the station, who has spent the last eighteen months on a hiring spree, and sending multiple staffers out the door.