UPDATE #3 5:20 PM: Townsend sent a message to Kiese, which states:
"I have enjoyed my time here in Cincinnati. I will miss my co-workers and all the dedicated 'GMC' viewers. We've had some good times over the past four years."
Channel 12 news director Elbert Tucker won't comment on the situation, says Kiese. But, we know what will happen starting Monday.
Liz Bonis, who was hired in 2002 to be a health reporter for Channel 12 and host the morning show on then-"Mix 94.1" WVMX-FM/Cincinnati, will do double duty, doing the GMC newscast, then reporting on health stories for later newscasts.
UPDATE #2: When Kiese wrote the original post on his blog, he mentioned that Jessica Donnellon was still listed on the "Meet the Good Morning Cincinnati Team" page. Not anymore...now the page only lists John Lomax and Bob Herzog.
We'll try and nail it down...this could be a budget move after all.
UPDATE #1: We're hearing Townsend had been scheduled to take vacation all next week. (Part of the furlough deal announced earlier this summer, maybe?) We're not sure what happened between 8 AM and 1 PM, but it had to be significant.
Original post below...
This is literally just breaking right now...
Anna Townsend, who has been with WKRC-TV 12 since 2005, is out, reports John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
We're trying, just like Kiese, to find out what is going on...this was a sudden move. Townsend had just been on "Good Morning Cincinnati" this morning...but we're hearing that by 1 PM her bio was off the station website. We certainly don't see it anywhere on there.
It's not clear if this is a budget cut by WKRC owner Newport Television, or if it was Townsend's decision.
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