Dawn Stensland, Fox 29 parting ways

Fox 29 has confirmed that longtime anchor Dawn Stensland will be leaving the station at the end of her contract, which expires before the end of the year. The exact timetable of her departure is still being worked out, a spokeswoman told us moments ago. Kerri-Lee Halkett will take over as co-anchor of Fox 29 News at Ten alongside Thomas Drayton. Stensland, wife of fired CBS 3 anchor Larry Mendte, started at Fox 29 in December 2001 having worked previously at CBS 3.

Stensland, who has not returned our call this afternoon, today posted the following on her Twitter page: "Fox is not renewing my contract. I wanted you to hear that directly from me. Thank you for all your love and support over the years."