Over the past few weeks, Florida News Center has received several e-mails inquiring about WTVT’s noon talk segment, Your Turn. We have since learned that WTVT has quietly canceled the talk segment, which has bookended the end of the station’s weekday, hour long, noon newscasts since its inception in 1997.
Your Turn has slowly been cut over recent years. The segment was reduced from thirty five to fifteen minutes, after former host and WTVT anchor Kathy Fountain (left) retired from the station in Dec 2009. Morning anchor Russell Rhodes (right) has served as the Your Turn host since Jan 2010.
Sources tell Florida News Center that Rhodes’ schedule has recently shifted to earlier editions of Good Day Tampa Bay (which now runs from 4:30am-9am). Rhodes’ schedule change, in addition to a lack of production staff at the station (thanks to budget/staff cuts) has led to the downfall of Your Turn. The segment has officially been discontinued and the Your Turn section on the station’s website has been removed. The Your Turn brand will still, however be used for viewer feedback segments during newscasts.