Demoted in Cleveland

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Viewers checking out WKYC Channel 3's morning newscast are seeing a new anchor team.

Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy have been replaced by former morning anchor John Anderson and the Gannett-owned station's morning and midday meteorologist, Hollie Strano.

Tye and Kennedy, who debuted as the morning team in January 2012 have both been demoted to Reporters at the station. 

"For right now, John Anderson and Hollie Strano will be co-hosting the morning show, and, obviously, neither is a stranger to that beat," said Brooke Spectorsky, Channel 3's president and general manager. "Going forward, that doesn't mean it will be permanent. There will be at least one more person added."

Channel 3's 4:30 a.m. news is running well behind morning juggernaut WJW Channel 8 in the ratings.

Strano, who is from Lyndhurst, is a familiar face to Channel 3 morning viewers. And Anderson was the station's morning anchor for seven years (2000-07) before a five-year stint in Philadelphia. He returned to Channel 3 last October.

Kennedy joined Channel 3 in late 2011 after a five-year stint as a news anchor in Rhode Island.

H/T Cleveland Plain Dealer