News broke today that beloved WNBC-4 anchor Sue Simmons wouldn’t have her contract renewed after 32 years of work with the station, thereby breaking up the longest-serving local news anchor team (of Simmons and co-anchor Chuck Scarborough) in New York City. Tributes poured forth, and old memories of her were called up.
And now, the Internet Outrage campaign begins.
For 18 months following his abrupt departure from WNBC-4, courtesy of a buyout in the summer of 2008, Rob Morrison, the station’s erstwhile morning news anchor, wrestled with the question of life after journalism. He wrote a children’s book about his wife’s cat, Happy. He started a blog, “Daddy Diaries: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Anchorman,” Read More
And so the sometimes tumultous transformation of local TV news continues.
Today, NBC Universal executives in charge of local programming officially announced the hosts of their new daily lifestyle show, LX New York, which on September 14 will replace the 5 p.m. news on WNBC-4.
Out: longtime, seasoned journalists Sue Simmons Read More
Today, former WNBC-4 political reporter Jay DeDapper launched an eponymous New York–based production company.
“Pretty pictures and nice editing are meaningless without a well told story,” writes Mr. DeDapper on his company’s new site. “That’s what we do. We are storytellers.”
Mr. DeDapper is one of several high-profile anchors and Read More
After several delays, executives at NBC Universal and WNBC-4 are at last on the verge of launching their 24 hour, 7-day-a-week “hyper-local” digital news channel in New York, The Observer has learned.
NBC executives first announced their plans to launch the digital, cable channel back in May of 2008. Initially, the plan Read More
On Friday night, a roiling crowd of local TV newsmen and -women packed into an Irish bar in midtown to toast their former colleagues who had recently lost their jobs in the layoffs and buyouts that have been sweeping WNBC-4, NBC’s flagship station in New York.
In the days leading up to the party, Read More