TV WEATHER FORECASTER GIALANELLA LEAVES CH. 28
Longtime area weather forecaster Linda Gialanella has left Tampa ABC station WFTS-Ch. 28, departing Monday after her contract ended. Gialanella hadn't been on air much since October, when the station moved morning forecaster Wayne Shattuck to weekend evenings — a post she had filled since 2003. The change bumped Gialanella to fill-in work, appearances on the station's Web site, some general assignment stories and WFTS' secondary all-weather digital channel. Staffers learned Tuesday that she had left the station in a memo released after her last day; executives said Gialanella requested the announcement be held until then. The forecaster has worked at many bay area TV stations, coming to the area in 1993 to work for WTSP-Ch. 10; later, she worked occasionally for Bay News 9 before settling in at WFTS in 2003.
— Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic