Michelle Lissel is making a return to the city as Global Winnipeg’s new weather anchor.
Lissel will fill the spot left by Kate Gajdosik, who moved west earlier this summer for Global BC.
Lissel is no stranger to Global Winnipeg, having begun her career there as a sports anchor in 1998, and eventually landing a position on what later became Fox Sports World.
From there, she took a break from television and oversaw media relations for the Toronto FC Major League Soccer team with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) before moving back to reporting in 2010.
A new primetime local newscast will debut tonight on Global Winnipeg and in neighbouring markets.
“News Hour Final” will be anchored by Heather Steele and combine the half-hour “Prime News” and “Evening News” programs into one all-encompassing source for local and regional news.
“The launch of Global Winnipeg’s News Hour Final is part of a similar evening news expansion being undertaken by Global News at Global Regina and Global Saskatoon,” said Global News publicist Nick Poirier in an e-mail. “This move will make Global Winnipeg’s News Hour Final the only primetime local news in the Winnipeg market.”
The newscast will air weekdays at 10 p.m. CT before competitor CBC’s abbreviated newscast at 10:55 p.m. and CTV Winnipeg’s 11:30 p.m. newscast.
Global first announced its plans to expand local news during the May 2012 upfronts to advertisers.
Global Winnipeg’s “Morning News” debuted on Monday and the station is seeking a full-time reporter/anchor to join the team.
The candidate will report on daily news and community events, including live reporting on a daily basis. While the position is primarily for the mornings, the job posting lists that evenings and weekends may also be required.
Former Global Winnipeg news anchor Eva Kovacs is returning to the station she left just over two years ago.
The network revealed Wednesday that Kovacs will host “The Morning News” on Global, set to debut Monday, February 6.
Kovacs resigned from Global in December 2009 to pursue a career in the communications department with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Prior to leaving, Kovacs spent 12 years at the station, where she last co-anchored the “Evening News” with Peter Chura.
Kovacs’ return will see her to join local sportscaster Derek Taylor and weather anchor Mike Koncan.
The breakfast program will also be the first in the city to have a television news helicopter, with live traffic reports from Fiona Odlum. News director and general manager Brent Williamson tells ChrisD.ca the chopper will be outfitted with three cameras — on the tail, belly and in the cockpit. The aircraft is part of a deal with the Canadian Traffic Network, which provides coverage for several radio stations in the city. Newly-installed stationary traffic cameras will provide viewers with a look at the morning drive throughout the city.
Also joining the team will be web producer Megan Batchelor, who most recently held a similar position at CTV Winnipeg.
“The Morning News will provide viewers with the most detailed and up-to-date news program possible,” said Troy Reeb, vice-president of Global News. “We are pleased to both welcome back Eva, who is well-known to Winnipeg viewers, and showcase a team whose commitment to quality journalism and to the community is unparalleled.”
“The Morning News” will air weekdays from 6-9 a.m.
Global Winnipeg will address the hot-button issues affecting Manitobans in a new weekly current affairs program.
“Focus Manitoba” will be hosted by former Global National correspondent and Global’s new senior reporter Lauren McNabb. Its format will cover politics, business, innovation, the arts community and other topics.
McNabb brings a wealth of reporting experience with her back to Winnipeg, having previously worked in the city before taking off to cover the war in Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
The Minnedosa native won the RTNDA’s Charlie Edwards Spot News Award in 2008 as the only North American journalist to cover Cyclone Nargis from inside the heavily restricted Myanmar/Burma region.
The program will debut this Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m., following Global’s “Evening News” broadcast. The first topic? None other than the Winnipeg Jets.
The launch of Focus Manitoba marks McNabb’s return to air from maternity leave. She will also contribute reports to Global Winnipeg’s three weekday newscasts at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Global Winnipeg’s new weather anchor will be Kate Gajdosik, ChrisD.ca has learned.
Gajdosik is a Winnipeg native and has spent the last four years at CTV Vancouver as the weekend weather anchor, Canada AM fill-in anchor and traffic reporter for Chopper 9. She has worked in Vancouver since 1994 at various news outlets after moving from Denver.
Besides playing a newscaster on TV, Gajdosik has also portrayed one in the movies, appearing in such films as “The Big Year,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Doomsdale Scrools,” and others.
We’re told she’s currently in Toronto learning Global’s weather system and will be starting in Winnipeg in early September.