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KARE 11's morning anchor Tim McNiff is stepping down to launch new digital series

Tim McNiff will be launching a digital series for the NBC affiliate.

There are more changes at the "KARE 11 Sunrise" morning show, with another veteran anchor making way.

A few months after the TV station "parted ways" with Kim Insley, the Twin Cities' NBC affiliate announced on Monday that Tim McNiff will also be moving to a new role.

According to a press release, McNiff will be "launching a multi-platform news and sports digital series for KARE 11," which will "focus on in-depth commentary and insider interviews, pulling heavily on McNiff’s sports and news backgrounds."


– Fans puzzled as KARE 11 announces Kim Insley is leaving.

McNiff only returned to the anchor role at KARE last year, after leaving the station in summer 2014 for a position with a media relations firm after more than two decades on the job.

"I’m being given an opportunity to return to my roots and talk about things that interest me, and what I hope people in the community will find interesting," McNiff said in the release. "And I'm looking forward to doing this in a new way and to reach a new audience."

He'll be replaced by a new face on Sunrise in the form of Kris Laudien, who is moving to the Twin Cities after formerly anchoring Global News Canada.

He'll anchor Sunrise alongside Alicia Lewis and meteorologist Sven Sundgaard. His first day will be March 5.

"Innovation is a constant in this business and the need to continuously create new content on all of our platforms is key to what we do," said John Remes, KARE 11 General Manager. "Tim will be creating something we don’t have at KARE 11, or in the market."

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