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Spectrum News goes with statewide broadcast, instead of those anchored by Rochester, Syracuse talent amid staff cuts

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Spectrum News has restructured its morning shows in Syracuse and Rochester/Buffalo markets, centralizing them to “Your Morning,” which is anchored by Albany-based hosts Julie Chapman and Dan Bazile.

The change means that viewers in the Finger Lakes and Central New York will no longer get a broadcast that is truly local to them, instead, getting a broadcast that is disseminated from the Albany-area.


The company says the development is aimed at presenting a unified news experience for viewers in upstate New York, blending stories from various upstate markets into one newscast, while still providing local headlines and weather updates.

The shift in programming will predominantly affect shows in Syracuse and Rochester/Buffalo markets. Regional hosts like Breanna Fuss from Buffalo and Lacey Leonardi from Syracuse are expected to remain as part of the morning show team, but it’s not clear in what capacity.

This alteration comes as media companies continue to consolidate their operations due to the evolving media landscape. Despite the reshuffling, Spectrum has experienced staff cuts amongst producers and videographers, with those affected being encouraged to apply for other positions within the company.



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