Now that the November sweeps are over, it's time for musical chairs in local and national TV news.
Sam Champion of "Good Morning America" on ABC has left that top-rated show for a job at The Weather Channel.
Champion will anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which is set to debut early next year. Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor responsibilities at the network, TWC said.
Sonia Baghdady, the always-glamorous anchor at WTNH-8 in New Haven, left the station on the final day of sweeps, last Wednesday, according to mediabistro.com and Duby McDowell's The Laurel.
Wednesday, Baghdady told viewers on her facebook page, “Just want to let you all know tonight’s 5pm newscast was my last one at News 8. I’m excited to say I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue other interests and passions. I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 11 years at WTNH. That support has meant the world to me. I’m looking forward to where my path leads me next. xo Sonia”
The Laurel points out that "Baghdady’s off-air photography sessions may not have irked management but indicated that she clearly didn’t mind being known for something other than her journalistic credibility. All signs lead to morning anchor Anne Craig taking over some of Baghdady’s newscasts."
Exactly. Baghdady seems to really like modeling and fashion; not sure a guy anchor could even get away with male modeling while serving as a main anchor.
Kristen Cusato, meanwhile, who would have been a great replacement for Baghdady, has left her job at the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut for a job back in TV at KUSI TV in sunny San Diego.
Cusato left an anchor job at WTNH in late 2011.
Cusato, who's from Middletown, N.Y., was a rising star in San Diego at KUSI before coming to WTNH, partly to care for her ailing mom.