(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Personnel news from CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6: Energetic morning reporter J.R. Stone is leaving the station Jan. 27. He said he is finalizing plans to work in television in another market.
In an e-mail, Stone wrote: “While it is unfortunate that management and I could not reach an agreement to renew my contract and keep me at Local 6, I have enjoyed the staff and viewers here in Orlando immensely. I’ve had the opportunity to cover both news and sports, including such memorable stories as the Magic and their quest for a championship.”
News director Steve Hyvonen praised Stone. “He’s done a good job,” Hyvonen said. “He’s been a versatile reporter and photographer. He’s a hard-working, positive person to be around. He’ll be successful.”
Starting Monday, WKMG will rearrange its early evening news lineup. The 6 p.m. news will become a half-hour telecast. The “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” will return to the 6:30 p.m. time slot from 7 p.m. And WKMG will start a 7 p.m. newscast with Lauren Rowe as solo anchor…..Cont….