Some of our readers have already noticed an anchor change at Raycom Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO/19's "19 Action News".
The station has replaced long-time anchor David Wittman at 11 PM weekdays with Paul Joncich.
Joncich, of course, is the former anchor at Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR/13 who first came to "Action News" to co-anchor weekends with former Chicago anchor Danielle Serino. He then moved to the 10 PM edition of "19 Action News" on sister MyNetworkTV outlet WUAB/43.
The TV industry gossip site NewsBlues quotes WOIO/WUAB general manager Bill Applegate as calling the move "a trial", and he insists the change is "not now permanent, and may never be". (Around here, we call that "NewsChannel 5 Style Anchor Shuffling".)
But the popular TV industry gossip site quotes "insiders" as saying the move may have been made in an effort to hang onto Sharon Reed.
NewsBlues placed the controversial anchor in Houston on a recent trip, where she's reportedly up for the morning anchor job at the FOX O&O there, KRIV/26. The site speculates that the station is moving around its male anchors - to pave the way for the station to more prominently feature Ms. Reed...