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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

end of an era - city-tv vets gone

It seems like routine now since CITY was taken over by Rogers months ago. Every few months, we say goodbye to a stations landmark. A part of the stations building blocks. Reasons why we love CITY-TV. We've seen Peter Silverman, Ed the Sock and Speakers Corner hit the road. Most recently, it was sports cornerstone, Jim McKenny. Today CITY TV has said goodbye to two of the stations top female broadcasters. Anne Mroczkowski and Lara Di Battista have done their last newscasts for the station. Along with DiBattista and Mroczkowski are also Merella Fernandez and on-air pro, Pam Seatle on the unemployment block.

The news was confirmed earlier today when Stephanie Smyth tweeted:

Anne Mroczkowski, Lara Di Battista reportedly both gone from CITY TV, along with writers/producers/editors/camera people.

The broadcasters will be missed. I don't remember a day when Mroczkowski hasn't fronted the nightly news. I don't remember when DiBattista wasn't giving me health tips. Seatle, a staple to the station, has become a well liked part of the news force. Fernandez began at CITY in 1988 as a writer when she quickly became an on-air talent doing the weekend news. Along with the pros, go a few handful of behind the scene people.

I'm sure they'll all land on their feet. For who will be replacing the unreplacable? It's been rumored that sister station OMNI will be taking care of technical operations. Who knows who will be stepping into the shoes of the talents. They'll have huge shoes to fill and millions of viewers to show them off to.

Good luck.

UPDATE: Late word has that CITY also cut the Noon and 5 o'clock newscasts along with CITY International keeping the News at 6 and 11pm.