It is Melissa for Marissa at Channel 2.
Anchor Melissa Holmes is leaving Channel 4 to become the 10 p.m. weekday anchor and a reporter at Channel 2, industry sources confirmed today.
Holmes (see left) will be replacing Marissa Bailey, who stilltalkintv reported last month is leaving Channel 2 sometime this month to look for work in Chicago.
An Amherst native, Holmes has been with Channel 4 for more than six years as a reporter and anchor. She currently anchors “Wake Up” at 7 in the morning and used to do a “Saving 4 You” segment that is similar to a Channel 2 feature on ways to save.
Her Channel 4 contract expired at the end of 2011. Non-compete clauses, which had been typically included in TV contracts, are now illegal in new contracts in New York State, according to sources. That enables Holmes to move to Channel 2 without having to sit out a period of time.
Channel 2 is expected to make the announcement sometime today. Holmes could not be reached for comment.
Holmes will be anchoring a Channel 2 newscast on WNYO that has been unable to make a dent in the strength of Channel 4′s dominant 10 O’Clock News on WNLO.
The move is another personnel loss for Channel 4, which lost its local news dominance from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to Channel 2 in the November sweeps but remains a strong No. 1 at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.