KXAN-TV shuf­fles an­chor lineup

Changes come just days af­ter Novem­ber rat­ings pe­riod com­pleted.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­man.com Brian San­ders (left) will be on KXAN week­day morn­ings. Robert Maxwell is mov­ing to KNVA’S 9 p.m. news­cast. Con­tact Gary Dinges at 912-5987. Twit­ter: @gdinges By Dan Zehr dzehr@states­man.com

You’ll soon see a new — but very fa­mil­iar — face on KXAN’s week­day morn­ing news­cast.

Brian San­ders, who has been an­chor­ing the NBC af­fil­i­ate’s week­end morn­ing news­casts since March, will move to week­days Dec. 20. He pre­vi­ously served as the sta­tion’s week­end sports­caster, a job he’d held since join­ing KXAN in 2006.

“I get to work with some amaz­ing peo­ple at KXAN,” San­ders said in a news re­lease. “And what’s more, we get to build a re­la­tion­ship with our view­ers ev­ery morn­ing. Our goal is to be the num­ber one source for news, weather and traf­fic, and hopefully share some light-hearted mo­ments along the way. I’m ex­cited about this next step in my ca­reer and grate­ful to be an ac­tive part of a grow­ing Austin com­mu­nity.”

He’ll an­chor along­side Sally Her­nan­dez, join­ing a team that also in­cludes weath­er­caster Mark Mon­strola and traf­fic re­porter Amanda Du­gan, both rel­a­tive new­com­ers.

Cur­rent week­day morn­ing an­chor Robert Maxwell, who made his de­but in Fe­bru­ary, ar­riv­ing from Salt Lake City, has been tapped to serve as an­chor of the 9 p.m. news­cast on CW af­fil­i­ate KNVA. He’ll also be fea­tured on KXAN’s 10 p.m. broad­cast and be­come part of the sta­tion’s in­ves­tiga­tive team.

“I am ex­cited to con­nect with our grow­ing evening news au­di­ence,” Maxwell said. “I know there are many sto­ries, both sig­nif­i­cant and rel­e­vant to Cen­tral Tex­ans that we’ll be in­ves­ti­gat­ing in the coming months. And I’m proud to play a role in that process.”

The changes come just days af­ter Novem­ber rat­ings pe­riod, when “KXAN News To­day” tied for sec­ond place at 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. At 5 a.m., how­ever, the news­cast ranked third.

Austin-based wind power de­vel­oper Bary­onyx Corp. will re­ceive $4 mil­lion from the U.S. De­part­ment of En­ergy to de­sign, de­velop and pur­sue per­mits for three new tur­bines off the Texas coast, the agency an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The award, part of the En­ergy De­part­ment’s ef­forts to de­velop in­no­va­tive wind­power in­stal­la­tions, is one of seven de­sign grants awarded to com­pa­nies around the coun­try. The Bary­onyx project “will demon­strate an ad­vanced jacket foun­da­tion de­sign and in­te­grate lessons learned from the oil and gas sec­tor on fa­cil­ity de­sign and in­stal­la­tion,” the agency’s re­lease said.

Three of the seven projects will earn fol­low-up awards, each worth about $47 mil­lion over four years, to be used for build­ing and putting the de­signs into com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion by 2017, said Jeff Sher­wood, an agency spokesman.

The grants could help Bary­onyx in its on­go­ing ef­fort to build a wind farm with up to 300 tur­bines off the Texas

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