Channel 4 has made it official: The CBS affiliate has hired Youngstown, Ohio, anchor Teresa Weakley.
News Director Joe Schlaerth announced Weakley’s hiring to staffers in an email late Friday. In a release Monday, the station announced that she would anchor the station’s “Wake Up!” morning show and would start on Sept. 3.
The earlier email did not say what job she would take.
Weakley is moving from a LIN TV station, WKBN, in the 109th TV market in the country to a LIN station here that is in the No. 51 or 52nd market.
She will join “Wake Up!” co-anchor Jordan Williams and a new meteorologist, Todd Santos, on the revamped morning show.
Santos, who was hired last week away from The Weather Channel, is replacing Amelia Segal, who left in March for a weather job in Washington, D.C.
Diana Fairbanks, who has been anchoring in the mornings since January, is expected to return to the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts that she anchored before her move to “Wake Up!”
The Fairbanks-Williams pairing had been somewhat successful in closing the gap in May with the morning leader in the market, Channel 2’s “Daybreak.”
The morning news competition has become increasingly important in local TV since it is one of area of audience growth as people go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.
Channel 4’s morning moves are expected to take place a few weeks after third-place Channel 7’s reboots its new morning program.
Channel 7’s “Good Morning,” with the new co-anchor team of Cole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg, premieres Monday.
Schlaerth’s email noted that Weakley “has driven real ratings growth” at WKBN in her three years in Ohio after she arrived from a Nashville, Tenn., station.
Schlaerth added that Weakley and her husband, WKBN sports anchor Joe Aulisio, have a 1-year-old daughter.
Channel 4 has the smallest sports staff in the market and could use another sports anchor or reporter, but there no indication that this is a package deal.
Aulisio was in the news a few years ago when he suffered a concussion and two broken vertebrae in a collision with four high school players at a football practice he was covering.