CINCINNATI - (WXIX) From FOX19 News:
Jack Atherton is leaving FOX19, it was announced today by WXIX-TV Vice President/General Manager Bill Lanesey. Atherton recently celebrated 15 years with the FOX19 Ten o'clock News having served as anchor since the first broadcast on October 18, 1993. He and Tricia Macke also co-anchored FOX19 Evening News @ 630 since its debut this August. Atherton's final broadcast will be Tuesday, December 30, 2008 during FOX19 Ten o'clock News.
"We are disappointed about Jack's decision to leave the station. Having said that, we have nothing but the highest regard for Jack and the manner in which he came to this decision," says Lanesey. "Jack brought an entrepreneurial spirit to FOX19 when he arrived 15 years ago and he has always been one of the driving forces behind the station's evolution into the ratings leader that we've become," he adds.
"It's been a privilege to work alongside Jack since coming to Cincinnati four years ago," says FOX19 News Director Steven Ackermann. "Jack brought a professional passion to all of his work including his series of "Success Stories" and his regular "Move It" features. Jack's particular passion for political reporting gave FOX19 viewers significant insights during the 2008 campaign and we were a better news organization because of it," says Ackermann.
The station is immediately beginning a search for Atherton's successor on FOX19 Ten o'clock News. FOX19 Morning News anchor Dan Carroll, who regularly substituted for Atherton, will join Tricia Macke at the anchor desk in the interim.
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