Posted Thursday, October 19, 2017 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Gurvir Dhindsa, who departed Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” last year, will be joining CBS46’s morning news team starting Monday but it’s not being framed as a permanent addition.
“Gurvir will start appearing on the CBS46 morning news next Monday on a temporary basis,” wrote general manager Mark Pimental to me. “No decision has been made regarding the [full-time] replacement of Bobby Kaple. We are happy to add someone of Gurvir’s depth of experience in the Atlanta market to the team.”
She will be paired with Amanda Davis, who joined the team earlier this year and had previously spent 26 years at WAGA-TV from 1987 to 2013.
“I welcome Gurvir,” Davis said in a text. “She’s a consummate professional with a lovely spirit and a good heart.”
If this ends up being permanent, it would be a rare combo or one I can’t recall ever seeing on Atlanta news: two women helming a morning show with a female meteorologist Jennifer Valdez and traffic reporter Julie Smith as well. Notably, they are all minorities as well.
Kaple left a few weeks ago and is running for the Sixth District House seat currently held by Karen Handel.
Dhindsa was a host at “Good Day Atlanta” twice.
She first worked at “Good Day” from 1997 to 2000 before moving to D.C. to work at a Fox affiliate there.
Dhindsa returned to Atlanta in 2011, replacing Suchita Vadlamani, who is no longer in the business and is raising a daughter.
In a Facebook messenger note, she merely said, “I left Fox 5 because the time was right for me to leave Fox.”
For her, she said she’s excited to be at CBS46. “I love the energy and momentum of the station and its management and staff. After meeting with the new news director Steve Doerr, we both felt it was the right fit and the right time.”
She added: “I have had the rare and wonderful gift of time with my family since leaving. Now I am ready to get back in the saddle. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most is reconnecting with all those folks who wake up early in Georgia!”
Dhindsa’s “Good Day Atlanta” replacement was Alyse Eady.
CBS46 recently added a new slogan: “Local, Real, Everywhere.”