Former Fox 35 morning anchor Heidi Hatch (left) with new KUTV 4 p.m. co-anchors Jill Marggetts and Cristina Flores.
Yes, Virginia — there really is life after Orlando TV, and here are some examples to prove it.
Former Fox 35 morning anchor Heidi Hatch, who left the station in June, has landed at Salt Lake City’s KUTV. She’ll be anchoring a new 4 p.m. newscast at the CBS affiliate – with “Utah’s only all-female anchor team,” the station says. “KUTV is proud to welcome Heidi Hatch back to Utah to co-anchor the show. Heidi is a Utah native who is returning home from Orlando where she was a morning anchor for 5 years.” Hatch is definitely missed by her former Good Day viewers, who keep posting comments about her departure.
Another former morning host has switched mediums. WKMG morning anchor Laura Diaz has officially joined the morning crew at WXXL-106.7 FM. She popped up on the radio show just after she left Channel 6. Now, she’s known on radio as Lady Laura.
Former WESH weekend anchor Craig Lucie has moved up to Cox flagship WSB-ABC 2, while WFTV reporter Mark Boyle has headed to Texas to Post-Newsweek’s KPRC-NBC 2 in Houston.
Meanwhile, former WKMG sports anchor Todd Romero (below) has also found employment out west. He’s been spotted doing sports report in Denver at the Tribune/Local TV LLC duopoly of KWGN-CW 2 and KDVR-Fox 31.
I’ve had a couple of people ask what’s happened to Fox 35 morning anchor Heidi Hatch.
Here’s what she posted on her Facebook page on June 3 …
After 8 hours straight of live TV on a Friday morning I want to say thanks to all my FOX 35 viewers. You’ve welcomed me into your homes for 5 fabulous years while you’ve crawled out of bed, brushed your teeth and packed school lunches. Thanks for taking me along during your morning rush. Goodbye’s are always bittersweet. I will miss the friends I’ve worked alongside while covering everything from tornado’s to the Casey Anthony Case. This is not the end but a new chapter. One with more sleep and hopefully more family time. Thanks for your friendship.
On her Twitter account, Hatch says she’s in the process of moving. But, she tells those who ask where she’s heading, “I can’t say where I’m moving just yet ….”
New Fox 35 news director Gavin Maliska is starting to shake things up at WOFL.
This week he shuffled the station’s anchor lineup. Mike Dunston, who was on Fox at 5, is now the morning co-anchor with Jacquie Sosa and Heidi Hatch. Former morning anchor Tom Johnson has been moved to sports anchor. And temporarily filling in on the 5 p.m. newscast is weekend anchor and Fox 35 utilityman Keith Landry.
Johnson, who previously was a sportscaster, has been helping out in the Fox 35 sports department for awhile. Fox has been short-handed in sports for nearly a year after sportcaster Thomas Forester departed the station after an ugly incident with then-news director Bob Clinkingbeard.
Will it help improve ratings? We’ll see, but Fox 35 traditional sees a bump from American Idol — so making the change now that Idol is starting up makes sense.
Jacquie Sosa, who was paired with Mark McEwen in one of the earlier (and unsuccessful) attempts to revive WKMG’s morning news, will be back on TV in the mornings starting Thursday — the first day of the November sweeps.
Sosa is the newest co-anchor of the Fox 35 Morning News on WOFL. She’ll join a team that includes Jim Van Fleet, Heidi Hatch, Tom Johnson and Cris Martinez.
”I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend the