Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Houston anchor desk replacements in 2019?

OK, 2019 is officially here so let's get down to business again.

Lots of Houston TV viewers are hitting me up wanting to know who will replace the now former KPRC 2 morning anchor Rachel McNeill?

McNeill's departure is Houston's loss and Phoenix's gain. Will she start anchoring in The Valley of the Sun?

"In 2019, my prime focus will be on my family during this transition," McNeill told when she announced her channel 2 departure.

I cannot imagine that management at Phoenix TV stations will not realize a talent like NcNeill is now living in their market and not try to recruit her for their anchor desks. What could delay her Phoenix TV debut is that she truly is not interested in returning to TV at the moment or the stations have to wait till they have a position to offer her.

But more important for us, who will replace McNeill at channel 2!

I originally heard that new KPRC hire Christine Noël was hired to anchor the station's 4pm newscast, but why can't this Denver morning anchor take over for McNeill? That is my best guess right now. Of course there could always be an in-house candidate about to be named.

By the way, here is Noël's goodbye video from KUSA a few days ago (click to watch Rachel McNeill's goodbye video).

Christine Noël

But wait, there's more!

Other H-Town news viewers are asking me who will replace the soon to be retiring abc13 KTRK chief meteorologist Tim Heller?

I think based on what I am hearing - Travis Herzog is the replacement. But KTRK has a secret weapon with longtime meteorologist David Tillman in that weather department - so you never fully know.

Over the years, KTRK has pretty much told us Herzog is the replacement by moving him to high-profile newscasts and making fancy TV promos about him.

Also, since Elita Loresca has morning newscast experience at KNBC Los Angeles (TV market number 2), I fully expect her to take over channel 13's AM weather gig.

What do you think? TELL ME HERE. You might have better educated guesses about who is replacing who than I do!

So if you are reading this far, let's see how well I predicted. Pretty well so far!
- Travis Herzog new abc13 KTRK chief meteorologist; Elita Loresca to mornings
- David Tillman named Chief Forecaster for abc13 KTRK
- Travis Herzog takes the Chief Meteorologist reins from Tim Heller

- The changing faces of Houston TVnews 2018
- Houston anchor desk replacements in 2019?

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