Central Florida News 13 announced Monday that Orlando TV news veteran Marla Weech is now the anchor for Your Morning News.
Weech, who has been on Orlando TV since the 1980s on channels 6 and 9, joined News 13 earlier this year.
“I can’t think of a better person than Marla to help Central Florida start their day,” News 13 VP/GM Robin said in a news release. “Marla is smart, she’s talented, she’s warm, and she truly cares about our community and our viewers.”
Said Weech: “I’m excited to be greeting Central Florida every morning. It’s also wonderful to be part of a team of journalists who work around the clock to make sure our viewers have the very latest news. We’re going to make sure they have all the news, weather, and traffic information they need to get their day started right.”
Wonder what’s been up with former WFTV and WKMG anchor Marla Weech?
Weech, who lost her job at Local 6 in the station’s first wave of layoffs in July 2008, was spotted back in the anchor chair on Tuesday — this time providing coverage of a satellite launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Yes, you read that correctly: Kazakhstan. Even though the launch was halfway around the world, Weech wasn’t.
She and launch expert Russ Prytula helmed coverage for International Launch Services from studios in Cape Canaveral. Tuesday’s launch, the 53rd of the Proton rocket, was for AsiaSat. Weech also anchored an earlier Proton launch that had a Sirius-FM satellite on board. The company’s next launch is set for mid-September.
Click here for video of Weech’s launch coverage.
Longtime O-Town anchor Marla Weech is being laid off from WKMG as the slowing economy starts to takes its toll at Local 6.
“I’m being laid off,” she told Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker on Friday. “It’s tough economic times. My position is being eliminated. My heart goes out to anyone who’s losing a job.”
Weech has been an anchor on Orlando TV since the early 1980s, first at Channel 6, then for more than 20 years at WFTV-Channel 9. She left WFTV in Sept. 2005 after being bumped to the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. She returned to Channel 6 in 2006.
Weech is the latest high-profile anchor to leave the air. Wendy Chioji departed WESH-Channel 2 in May after more than 20 years.
Chioji decided to leave the business, which — like all media — is facing a tough economic climate. In a memo to the Channel 6 staff explaining Weech’s anchor position being eliminated, GM Henry Maldonado warned, “The position being eliminated will not be the only measure we will have to take. But for now, everyone affected by these changes has already been informed.”
Weech’s last newscast will be tonight. Read the full Orlando Sentinel story here.
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The 5 a.m. hour of Tuesday’s Local 6 First News could have been renamed "The Marla Weech Show."
The station’s traffic reporter position
is vacant, co-anchor Lauren Rowe
was out because she was ill, so it was supposed to be just Weech and meteorologist Larry Mowry
on the show. But Florida Today reports that
just about 15 minutes before going on the air, Mowry received a call that his pregnant wife was about to give birth. Station management gave him to OK to rush to the hospital, so Weech handled the news, traffic and weather on the show until fill-in weatherman Jerry Steffen
was able to arrive about 30 minutes after being called for emergency duty.
But who had the tougher day, Weech or Mowry’s wife? Rowe said this morning that Mowry’s wife gave birth around 7:30 p.m.! But Mom, dad and their new daughter are doing fine, Rowe reported.
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Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel breaks the news that longtime Central Florida anchor Marla Weech is coming back to TV, this time on WKMG-Channel 6. The gig is listed as only temporary (for now), as she will join Local 6’s morning show to fill in for Mark McEwen as he recovers from his stroke.
Weech, who anchored at WFTV from the 1980s until 2003 when she was bounced to sister station WRDQ-Channel 27 to helm its 10 p.m. newscast, has anchored at Channel 6 before. She was the weekend anchor at then-WCPX (click for video) before joining WFTV as one of its lead anchors.
Maxwell reports that WKMG station manager Henry Maldonado said his decision bring in Weech once her non-compete clause with WFTV/WRDQ ended was an easy one. "I’ve always liked her," he said. "And she’s always been on the radar of viewers." Weech starts later this month.
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