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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.
(image/story from TampaBay.com) – From the moment she greeted guests today, looking all Christmas-y in a shimmering red pantsuit, Fox 13 anchor and talk show host Kathy Fountain had trouble keeping the waterworks at bay. At 10:30 a.m. this morning, Fountain taped the very last segment of “Your Turn,” the 35-minute talk show she’s hosted within the noon news for 12 years. It was a retrospective tribute, taped in advance with Russell Rhodes, the morning anchor who will take over a much-shortened 15-minute “Your Turn” on Dec. 31, necessitated by Fountain’s decision to leave the local TV news game after 24 years. Surrounded by about a dozen longtime guests, family members and friends, Fountain talked with Rhodes about the high and low points in her longtime gig, from watching eccentric 70-something performer Eartha Kitt do a handstand on her anchor desk to getting a pie in the face while taping her self-named talk show years ago….Cont…. Click here for another article from Eric Deggins
(from TampaBay.com) - The good news: Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 will keep producing it’s midday talk segment “Your Turn” after the Dec. 30 departure of signature host Kathy Fountain (right#1), naming morning anchor Russell Rhodes (right #2) as the new host. The not-so-good news: The station will cut 20 minutes from the segment — more than half its length — to create a 15-minute bit at the end of an expanded noontime broadcast hosted by Denise White. The new format debuts Dec. 31. Despite the reduction, WTVT officials insist the move is not a precursor to canceling the segment, saying morning anchor Rhodes needed a lighter workload in taking over the show….Cont….