Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Channel 2 Names Bailey 10 p.m. Anchor

Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey has been named the station’s permanent 10 p.m. anchor on the newscast that airs on WNYO-TV.

According to an email sent to the staff of the NBC affiliate by News Director Jeff Woodard, Bailey occasionally will be in the field instead of the studio at 10 p.m. and also will report on the 11 p.m. newscast..

Bailey has been filling in at 10 p.m. for a few months for Maryalice Demler or Scott Levin, who also are the station's anchor team at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Now the job is hers permanently. The move comes only four months after Bailey was moved from being the anchor of "Sunday Daybreak" to working as a night side reporter and fill-in anchor. It is believed that change occurred after she earlier declined to sign a contract and that she got the 10 p.m. anchor slot now after signing a new deal.

Bailey has been with the station for almost four years and was named the "Sunday Daybreak" anchor in January of 2008.

As noted in a previous blog, she has improved markedly and seemed to be a candidate for a job in a bigger market.

The move comes as Channel 4 looks for a new 10 p.m. news anchor to replace the retired Lisa Flynn for the newscast that airs on WNLO-TV. Former Rochester anchor Lia Lando is at least temporarily filling the role on Channel 4’s 10 p.m. newscast, which dominates the head-to-head-competition with Channel 2’s newscast.

* Here’s a mild surprise since reporters have been hired straight out of college lately. Channel 2’s newest reporter, Patrick Moussignac, has more than a dozen years in news and has spent the last three plus at News 12 in Norwalk, Conn.

* You can tell how far Fox has come by its fall plans. It has scheduled the premieres of all of its news show on the regular network premiere week of Sept. 20 rather than jump start several shows with early starts. “House” is back Sept. 20, “Glee” is back Sept. 21. and “Bones” and “Fringe” are back on Sept. 23.

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