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Michelle Lissel Named New Global Weather Anchor

Michelle Lissel
Michelle Lissel (SHAW MEDIA)

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.

Michelle’s first day on air is Monday, August 19.

Global Winnipeg Taking Newscasts on the Road

Global WinnipegGlobal Winnipeg is leaving the studio and taking its newscasts into the community later this month.

Beginning Tuesday, August 13, Global’s “Morning News” will broadcast from the pedway system below 201 Portage Avenue until Friday, August 30.

The “Evening News” and “News Hour Final” will broadcast from various locations around the city during the same weeks, according to a release from Shaw Media.

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Global Winnipeg Launching ‘News Hour Final’

News Hour Final anchor Heather Steele (SHAW MEDIA)

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 Hiring Reporter/Anchor for Morning Show

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.

The deadline to apply is March 9, 2012.

Eva Kovacs Returning to Global to Host Morning Show

Eva Kovacs (GLOBAL WINNIPEG)

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.

Meet Global Winnipeg’s New Morning Weatherman

Mike Koncan (YOUTUBE)

Global Winnipeg’s new morning show isn’t on the air yet, but wheels are in motion behind the scenes to line up new talent.

One of the personalities who will be waking Winnipeggers up will be Mike Koncan, Global’s new morning weather anchor.

Koncan comes from Toronto, where he hosted a regional show on Rogers TV called “Friday Night Live.”

“It only took 1035 demo views to find me a new job,” Koncan tweeted Thursday evening.

Also joining the morning show is host Derek Taylor, known for his work on the “Fox Soccer Report,” which is produced at Global’s Winnipeg studios.

The show will debut Monday, February 6.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

Global’s Nelly Gonzalez Moving to the CBC

Nelly Gonzalez (FACEBOOK)

Global Winnipeg reporter Nelly Gonzalez is leaving the city for a new position in Western Manitoba.

Gonzalez will be the CBC’s reporter in Brandon, bringing viewers stories from in and around the Westman region.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to the new challenges ahead,” Gonzalez said in an e-mail on Friday.

She has been Global’s general assignment reporter since 2003.

Nelly’s last day at Global will be Friday, October 28.

Global Winnipeg to Launch New Current Affairs Program

Global Winnipeg to Launch New Current Affairs Program

Lauren McNabb (CHRISD.CA FILE)

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.

Kate Gajdosik — Global Winnipeg’s New Weather Anchor

Kate Gajdosik (TWITTER)

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.

Gajdosik will replace Craig Larkins, who is now at CTV Edmonton.

Follow Kate on Twitter: @KateGajdosik

Shannon Martin, Jeff Keele Leaving Global Winnipeg

Shannon Martin and Jeff Keele will both be leaving Global Winnipeg. (FACEBOOK / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The local television news landscape continues to change with the departure of two on-air personalities from Global Winnipeg.

Late night anchor Shannon Martin will be leaving the station after tendering her resignation on August 2.

“I am embarking on a new adventure, pursing career opportunities in Toronto,” Martin said when reached by e-mail.

She will be leaving Winnipeg in September.

Meanwhile, Global’s Jeff Keele will be filling the vacant political reporter position left by the recently departed Laura Lowe at CTV Winnipeg.

His first day will be Monday, August 15.