A couple of weeks ago, FTVLive told you that longtime KLAS Anchor Paula Francis is leaving Nexstar station after 30 plus years in the television industry.
She signs off on April Fools day and the station has already named her replacement.
KLAS is turning to Denise Valdez to replace Paula Francis.
Valdez will move from her 4 p.m. slot to join Dave Courvoisier on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
"In her 10 years here at Channel 8, Denise has proven herself as a committed journalist with deep ties to this community and someone who has developed a great rapport with our viewers," KLAS News Director Terri Foley said in a statement.
"Sharing the anchor desk with Gary Waddell, Dave McCann, Paul Joncich and Paula Francis has been a great honor as I now look forward to working alongside Dave Courvoisier," Valdez added. "Las Vegas is my home. So I'm excited to expand my role at 8 News Now to continue sharing the stories that impact 2 million Southern Nevadans."
Francis already was bracing herself for the inevitable career retrospectives. "We'll have to do the whole cavalcade, going through all my old hairstyles. That is the fate of the woman anchor — revisiting the hairstyles."
Sad but true.