WISH loses two on-air personalities as CBS switch looms

The personnel changes continue at WISH-TV Channel 8, which will lose its CBS affiliation to WTTV-TV Channel 4 on Jan. 1.

Late last week, reporter Jessica Hayes left the station to take a weekend anchor position with WTTV, industry sources said.

WISH weekend evening anchor and reporter Daniel Miller also is departing the station, sources said, for a job with the Fox affiliate in Boston.

Miller will be with WISH through mid-January.

The departures came on the heels of WISH laying off a handful of off-camera employees earlier this month in what appears to be part of a restructuring effort prompted in August when CBS officials decided to change their local affiliation from WISH to WTTV.

Hayes joined WISH in January 2011. She came to WISH from CBS affiliate WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, where she was a general assignment reporter and weather forecaster.

Before moving to Indiana, Hayes worked as an assignment editor at CBS affiliate WUSA in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she spent several years working as a public relations executive in New York City.

Miller joined WISH in June 2005 as a general assignment reporter. Before working at WISH, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee.

He also previously worked at WRTV-TV Channel 6 in Indianapolis as the weekend assignment editor.

At the end of November, meteorologist Pamela Gardener departed WISH for the CBS affiliate in Boston. In September, morning traffic reporter Julie Patterson also departed the station.

Since the August announcement from CBS, WISH also has lost a handful of employees who do not appear on camera, including sales director Julie Zoumbaris, who in September took the same position with WRTV.

In an interview with IBJ last week, WISH General Manager Les Vann said the station is growing its local news presence. Vann told IBJ that WISH is restructuring and will be adding staffers through January.

WISH and WTTV officials did not immediately return calls Tuesday seeking comment about the latest developments.

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