Popular Today’s TMJ4 anchor and reporter Shelley Walcott has left the Milwaukee NBC affil for a spot as primary anchor at New Hampshire’s WMUR. The move was reported on her Twitter page recently, with Walcott saying:
Hi all: Wanted to announce I am leaving TMJ4 at the end of next week. Have accepted a main anchor job in New Hampshire. Bittersweet day!
Walcott joined the station in 2005 after stints in Columbus, Montreal, and on CNN in Atlanta. TMJ4 general manager Steve Wexler commented on her departure, remarking, “Shelley is a very talented anchor and reporter, we’re going to miss her, but we are also very excited for her. She’ll be the main anchor on her new station and closer to her family.” No word on her first day at channel 9.
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.
Longtime NewsCenter5 weatherman David Brown will be leaving the station for a new role at the Forsyth Institute. The seventeen year veteran will become the new Chief Advancement Officer at the independent oral health research institution.
‘CVB General Manager Bill Fine remarks in a press release, ”David Brown has ably served Channel 5 and the Boston marketplace with great dedication through a variety of roles,” while News Director Andrew Vrees added, “David’s skill and unflappable style during major weather events has made him highly valued by viewers. David’s talents—across many aspects of our business—will be sorely missed.”
The popular meteorologist joined Channel 5 in 1995 from Hearst sister station WISN in Milwaukee. After floating through several roles, Brown remarked, “I’m leaving WCVB with mixed emotions. It has been my honor to have worked alongside the finest in broadcasting at the nation’s top station. I’m leaving to pursue an exciting opportunity at the Forsyth Institute, another Boston institution. I’m so grateful and thankful to all our viewers who have made me feel so welcomed in their homes.”
No word yet on his last day at the station, or his replacement.
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.
After forty years at 5 TV Place, Dr. Tim Johnson is retiring from NewsCenter5. The nationally-known medical reporter has decided to step down from his post.
“Forty years is a nice, round number, and I’m 76. I don’t want to feel any responsibility to the daily news anymore,” he told the Herald on Friday.
A member of the NewsCenter5 staff since the station’s sign-on in 1972, Dr. Johnson was also a fixture at the network from 1975 until his departure in 2010.
If you recall, Dr. Tim Johnson is the long remaining medical reporter on the local airwaves following the departures of Dr. Mallika Marshall from WBZ and Dr. Deanna Lites from WHDH in the past few years. Dr. Johnson will retire at the end of the year.