Longtime WBAL newscaster Marianne Banister will join WBFF Fox45 as anchor of a weekend morning news program that will launch Jan.19.
The station announced that another Baltimore veteran, meteorologist Tony Pagnotti, will also join that station's news team.
"We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff," Mike Tomko, station news director, said in an email to The Sun. "Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45."
Banister left the local airwaves in July 2011 after 15 years as co-anchor of a WBAL team that always finished first or second in the key news time periods.
Typical of her candor, Banister told me the choice of leaving the station at age 51 was not hers. The station chose not to renew her contract. You can read my report on that much-discussed move here.