WBZ has played musical chairs with their anchors. After eight years on the morning anchor desk, Paula Ebben will be moving to anchor The WBZ News at 5. As a result, current 5 p.m. anchor Kate Merrill will shift to the weekend morning show.
In a move made on the eve of the start of the February ratings book, weekender Kerry Connolly will reprise her role as David Wade’s new co-anchor on The WBZ Morning News. Connolly was a former morning show anchor at the station until 2004, when she was replaced by Paula Ebben.
The changes kick in on January 28th. No word yet on who will be anchoring WBZ’s 10 p.m. newscast on myTV38.
Following a meeting with station brass, the ousted met told GoLocalProv that he and management could not come to an agreement, remarking, “At the appropriate time, I went to channel 6 management with a reasonable proposal that I thought would allow me to stay at the station for, at least, the remainder of my contract (Aug 2013). The station dismissed my proposal out of hand, and we agreed to terminate the contract on July 31.”
His replacement, Kevin Coskren, will be imported from channel 6′s sister station in Nebraska. Fred Campanga’s last day will be on July 31st.
WHDH has added a trio of reporters to their news operations. TVSpy reported on Monday that the staffers will be joining from significantly smaller markets.
The expansion news begins with Brandon Gunnoe, formerly an anchor and reporter at KVOA in Tucson, joins 7 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter, replacing newser-turned-professor Dave Kartunen. Nancy Chen has also signed a contract with the station to be a reporter. She previously worked at KSBY. Also, Alexandra Field arrives on Bulfinch Place as a freelance reporter. She comes from WRGB, the CBS-affil in Albany.
Jack Williams is leaving WBZ’s 11 p.m. newscast. According to the station, the longtime channel 4 anchorman will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts on WBZ and myTV38, respectively. He is stepping aside on nightside anchoring to spend more time with his wife.
The 37 year veteran was adamant that he is not being forced out by oft-overbearing corporate overlords at the network. He says, “This was my idea,” adding, “They told me I can work as long as I want. They’ve been very gracious to me.”
To the surprise of nearly nobody, Jonathan Elias will take over the helm for Williams. This marks the first time in nearly a decade where Williams has not been seen at 11.
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.
Fox25 has named Sarah Wroblewski to the position of weekend meteorologist. According to TVSpy, the former weekender at WBZ was promoted this morning, officially replacing A.J. Burnett.
In a statement, News Director Paul McGonagle remarked that Wroblewski is, “a strong addition to our weather team.”
Sarah Wroblewski will begin presenting the weather on Fox25 News on the 28th at 10p.m.
Prior to joining Fox25 last year as a fill-in met and environmental reporter, Wroblewski worked at WBZ from 2005 until 2010, first as a weather producer, graduating to weekend morning met for the final part of her tenure. She joined the CBS O&O from WSI, where she produced weather graphics and reported on several weather networks.
Longtime Providence anchor Gene Valicenti has been removed from his usual spot on the 11 p.m. broadcast on NBC 10.
According to GoLocalProv, former Fox25er Dan Jaehnig has been promoted from 7p.m. anchor to co-anchor of the station’s flagship broadcast at 11.
Valicenti told TVSpy today that, “WJAR remains my home, and I want the best for the station I’ve been with for 20 years, We’ve had anchor combos switched before. I don’t know if it rises to a ‘shake-up’ since I still have a full plate, and a lot of work to do.”
The veteran anchor will still continue to solo anchor the station’s 5:30 broadcast, as well as co-anchor at 6. He also told TVSpy that he may be developing a franchise piece, similar to what Jonathan Hall had planned after being pulled from Today in New England.
Fresh on the heels of Shannon Mulaire’s promotion to weekday morning anchor at Fox25, word has spread of a new hire for weekend evening newscasts.
According to our friends at The Laurel, Heather Hegedus, currently with Channel 3 Eyewitness News in Connecticut, has taken a job with the Dedham-based owned-and-operated station. She leaves WFSB after five years with the station.
Kim Carrigan has officially been replaced at Fox25. According to her Facebook page, Shannon Mulaire has been promoted to weekday morning anchor. The popular newcomer to the station will be at the helm of the five hour broadcast, co-anchoring with Gene Levanchy.
Station brass are particularly excited about the move. Station V.P. Paul McGonagle remarks, “I’m delighted that Shannon is joining our morning team.” Also in his statement, McGonagle said, “Her New England roots and strong reporting skills are an asset to the station and we look forward to the new energy she’ll bring to FOX25 Morning News.”
Mulaire joined the station in 2010 as a reporter, then was quickly promoted to weekend anchor. This is the latest in a series of moves by the Fox owned-and-operated station, though no replacement has been named for popular ousted meteorologist A.J. Burnett.