Date posted: 7/6/12 10:14 AM
The 5 p.m. newshour is getting even more interesting: Julie Bragg is returning to WTVR-6 to anchor the news at 5 and 5:30, just as Gene Cox — her former co-anchor at WWBT-12 — announced his plans to host WRIC’s 5:30 p.m. newscast.
Bragg, who left television about two years ago, says she is thrilled to be back. She will be on air Aug. 6, co-anchoring with Lorenzo Hall, who has worked mostly as a reporter at WTVR and as the 11 p.m. weekend anchor. The new lineup has been announced to the newsroom, but no official announcement has been made public before now. Bragg has been working as community outreach director for Stony Point Surgery Center since last October.
“She loves the broadcasting business,” general manager Stephen Hayes says of Bragg, whose TV career started as a teenager in WTVR’s For Kids’ Sake program, which produced a half-hour show. “We believe that’s what she was meant to do.”
Sam Brock, the Emmy-winning reporter and current 5 and 5:30 anchor, will “work on a variety of projects,” according to Hayes. He’ll be reporting and anchoring newscasts when other people are out, Hayes adds. We have a call in to Brock about the change.
Stephanie Rochon, who was temporarily anchoring with Brock, will still anchor at 6 and 11 p.m., Hayes says.
Gene Cox’s incipient move to WRIC didn’t influence Bragg’s hire or her placement in the 5 p.m. timeslot, which was in the works for a couple of months, Hayes says. Cox will start Aug. 1 for a two- or three-month trial period, which will be extended if both sides agree.
“Gene and I are good friends,” Bragg says. “I wish him all the best.”
Read more about Cox’s move and the developments at WTVR in the August media column.