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Comings and goings at WFTV…

(from – WFTV-TV Anchor/reporter Bianca Castro (right) has resigned, but has not said where she is going. “We’re sad to see her go,” Parcell said. “She’s a great person to have in the newsroom. We’re happy for her. We haven’t set her end date.”

She joined WFTV in October 2010.

Meteorologist Marina Jurica (left) will join WFTV on Jan. 20. She has worked at Fox-owned KMSP in Minneapolis.

“She’s fluent in Serbo-Croatian and sings opera,” Parcell said. “She’s a fascinating person.”

Her husband will be an Imagineer at Disney. Jurica’s interests include photography, ballroom dancing, whitewater rafting and singing the national anthem at ballgames. ….Cont….


01 2014

West/Echols cut, Welch bumped up, Castro joins…

(from – Top-rated WFTV-Ch. 9 is replacing anchor Barbara West (right #1) at 5:30 weeknights with Vanessa Welch (right #2).

The change takes effect Labor Day, when WFTV will launch a 6:30 newscast on sister station WRDQ-Ch. 27. Welch will co-anchor the 6:30 newscast with Josh Benson, just as they co-anchor the 10 p.m. news on WRDQ.

WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt said the station is making the 5:30 change to provide some flow to the 6:30 newscast. “I have the utmost respect for Barbara West,” Bartelt said. “This is no reflection on Barbara. I have to get more faces into those 90 minutes” from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

West, who has been an anchor since coming to WFTV in 1986, will continue to anchor at noon.

“Barbara covers all of our health content, and we have a lot going on in the coverage of health,” Bartelt said. “We’re focused on kids and obesity, a lot of the stuff happening in the health sphere, a lot of that is online. Barbara brings huge knowledge and resources to that.”

West has covered health for years, but she made national headlines with her questioning of then-Sen. Joe Biden during the 2008 election.

WFTV also will be cutting back on the hours of morning anchor Vanessa Echols (left #1). She is on the air from 5 to 7 a.m. on WFTV, from 7 to 9 a.m. on WRDQ and from noon to 1 p.m. on WFTV.

But starting in October, Bianca Castro (left #2) will become Greg Warmoth’s co-anchor from 7 to 9 a.m. on WRDQ. Castro is coming from Corpus Christi, Texas….Cont….


08 2010