Allen Denton (left) will be leaving KNTV NBC11 on Nov. 30 after seven years at the station, according to Merc TV writer Charley McCollum. He also reports that morning weather anchor Shannon O’Donnell (right), who has been at NBC 11 for six years, is also leaving on that date. No reason for the departures was given by the station, but McCollum says "the handwriting was on the wall for Denton when [Jessica] Aguirre signed on with KNTV. She is a very fluid news anchor and fast on her feet with breaking news, something that seemed to throw Denton off-stride." Replacements haven't been named but it is expected that Aguirre, who is only anchoring the 5 p.m. weekday newscast, will have a larger role at the station. [Denton's bio] [O'Donnell's bio]
CORRECTION: A previous version of this posting said Denton was one of NBC's first hires when it bought Channel 11; actually Denton was hired by the station's previous owner, Granite Broadcasting.