July 29 — While it has not been officially announced, reports are that WOFL-Channel 35 will expand its morning news program, Good Day Orlando, to three hours for the new fall season. The year-old program, anchored by Michael Brooks, Melissa Ross and Doug Kammerer, now airs from 7 to 9 a.m. It’s not immediately clear where the extra hour is being added, but it probably will be from 6 to 7 a.m., putting it in direct competition with the local morning news shows of Orlando’s other main network affiliates for the first time.
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|Anchors Away: WFTV makes weekend change
July 29 — Kathy O’Neill is being replaced as anchor of WFTV-Channel 9’s weekend morning and noon newscasts. Her replacement is Cynthia Demos, who comes to Channel 9 from WPTV-Channel 5 in Palm Beach. That’s where new Channel 9 news director Bob Jordan previously worked. Demos is a grad of the University of Florida with a major in journalism and a minor in mathematics (thus dispelling the old notion about journalists and math!). O’Neill, a UCF grad, has been with WFTV since 1991 with a good many of those years anchoring Eyewitness News’ marathons known as Daybreak Saturday (a 4-1/2 hour newscast) and Daybreak Sunday (3-1/2 hour newscast), plus 30 minutes of weekend noon news each day. Whew! The switch takes place in August.