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West to leave WFTV…

Our friends at NewsBlues.com report that WFTV anchor Barbara West is leaving the station. She joined WFTV in 1986, as a reporter and has been the station’s noon anchor and health reporter for the past sixteen years. NewsBlues says she is expected to sign off before the New Year.

A reason was not officially given for her departure, however she was replaced on the 5:30pm show in August by Vanessa Welch. Sources have e-mailed Florida News Center several times over the past few months, with rumors of her depature.  Stay tuned for any further information.

More from the Orlando Sentinel here

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12 2010

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

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – 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….

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08 2010

WFTV to produce 6:30pm newscast on WRDQ…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Diane Sawyer is getting some new competition, and it’s coming from the people who air her evening newscast in Orlando.

ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 announced this morning that it will add a 6:30 p.m. weekday newscast on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. The newscast will compete with the hugely popular ABC “World News” on WFTV and debut in September to coincide with the fall TV season.

“I don’t think you’re going to see a reduction in ABC ‘World News’ at all,” said Shawn Bartelt, general manager of WFTV and WRDQ. “You’ll see people who want local news at 6:30 coming to WRDQ. You’ll have the viewer who doesn’t get home until 6:30 and wants local news and weather.”

Vanessa Welch will co-anchor with newcomer Josh Benson at 6:30. Benson, a morning anchor at KVOA in Tucson, joins her on the 10 p.m. WRDQ newscast starting July 6.…Cont….

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06 2010

Married to the competition…

(pic/story from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Your spouse works for your competitor. How do you handle that challenge? WFTV-Channel 9 anchor-reporter Vanessa Welch and WESH-Channel 2 meteorologist Jason Brewer know the drill. They have been in the Orlando market for three years. “Some news director might frown on having competing couples,” says Brewer, 36. “We’ve tried to be as honest and loyal to whatever company we’re working for and just do our jobs and have a healthy competition. So far, we haven’t had any issues.” They aren’t scheduled head to head often, but when they are, they race to see the ratings. (They are pictured with their dog, Banks, in this photo by George Skene of the Sentinel.) “It’s a good spirit of competition, and most times, WFTV wins,” says Welch, 32. “We both have a lot of passion for what we do. That’s helped us succeed. We like it here. I’m hoping we stay here a while.” He delivers the weather at noon and 4 p.m. She is a reporter and fill-in anchor at WFTV and a 10 p.m. anchor on WRDQ-Channel 27. He recently shifted off mornings, which has given them more time together….Cont….

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02 2010