Byrnes, who anchors the FOX CT Morning News from 4 to 10 a.m. weekdays, left the station effective Friday.
“As much as I would have loved to have continued to deliver the morning news, and as happy as I was with my current contract terms, unfortunately renewal negotiations were unsuccessful,” he wrote in a prepared statement . “I take great pride in having helped launch the FoxCT Morning News seven years ago when it began as a two-hour weekday newscast from 6 to 8 a.m.”
“The viewership and continued growth in the ratings of the morning show gave me great joy and satisfaction knowing I made a positive impact in many people’s lives as they invited us into their homes each morning,” he wrote in his statement. “Because of the outpouring of support from viewers around the state and the increased ratings, the show expanded to four hours and then to six hours from 4 to 10 a.m.”
Byrnes, a former trial attorney in Los Angeles, joined FOX CT in 2008, after working as a correspondent for the nationally syndicated news program “Inside Edition.” Byrnes had also contributed as an anchor on NBC’s “Early Today” and MSNBC’s “First Look” as well as providing various reports for CNBC’s “High Net Worth.” He also was a former anchor at NBC Connecticut.
Byrnes is the son of actor Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, best known for his roles in the tv show “77 Sunset Strip” and the movie “Grease.”
Logan Byrnes, a runner and regular participant in area triathlons, co-anchored the morning show with Erika Arias. He anchored live coverage of a variety of major Hartford area events including the Manchester Road Race, Hartford Marathon and St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Byrnes, also a justice of the peace, officiated at the station’s “televised “Dream Weddings.”
“I want to thank my fellow anchors, reporters, employees and loyal viewers for making my experience at FoxCT enjoyable and memorable,” Byrnes said.
Neither FOX CT news director Coleen Marren nor vice president/general manager Chris Geiger could be reached for comment on Byrnes departure or replacement.
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