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.
Station-in-distress WLNE has six bidders vying for contention. According to Broadcasting & Cable, the struggling Providence ABC affiliate has received interest from six different firms after entering into receivership in July 2010.
Steve Doerr, the station’s Vice-President and General Manager, explained that the station has received significant interest and that a decision will be made over the next few weeks. “It’s a slow process but we’re getting there,” he explained, adding that he could not disclose the names of the interested parties due to a confidentiality agreement.
WLNE’s parent company, Global Broadcasting of New England, acquired the station in 2007 for $14 million from Freedom Communications, which is also facing financial problems. That company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2009. New York-based media brokerage firm Cobb Corp. is handling the sale.
Sources: Broadcasting & Cable, Delaware Bankruptcy Ligitation
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