Amanda Decker leaves TV20, prompting shift in anchors
Published: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.
A familiar face is returning to the noon newscast at WCJB TV20 starting Monday, while a new anchor will take over the morning show.
Bob Williams will anchor TV20 News at Noon, returning to the seat he held from 1986 to 1995. He has served various roles in 25 years at the station, lately as community service manager. He will continue to work with community and public service organizations, the station said in a release.
Lisa Wolf will anchor the 6 a.m. weekday edition and work as general assignment reporter. She spent the past three years as anchor/producer at KTVH in Helena, Mont. She is from St. Petersburg and graduated from Florida State University.
They replace Amanda Decker, who signed off Friday as morning and noon anchor after nearly four years at the station.
Station officials said Decker is leaving to pursue anchoring opportunities in a larger market, but Decker said she also resigned because like many people in the industry she was given added duties without added pay.
News Director Brett Buell said Decker did a great job at the station but that he couldn't discuss personnel situations except to say the station has not had any layoffs.
With newsrooms nationwide paring down, Decker said, "I'm definitely jumping off a bridge here in unknown waters, but it's OK. I think it's going to be a good opportunity, the right time to do it and the right thing to do."
Of 210 markets nationwide, Gainesville ranks No. 160 based on view hours, according to Nielsen Media.
No. 159 is Wheeling, W.V./Steubenville, Ohio; No. 158 is Minot, Bismarck and Dickinson, S.D.; No. 161 is Sherman, Texas/Ada, Oka.; and No. 162 is Idaho Falls/Pocatello, Idaho.