Got a passion for state comptrollers? Want to mix it up with Curtis Sliwa? NY1 is looking for you.
Recently, New York’s premier 24-7, hyper-local news channel posted a job listing on the employment site Jobfox, seeking a new political anchor to moderate Inside City Hall, the hour-long nightly political gabfest.
This past fall, amid a flurry of legal problems stemming from various domestic disputes, longtime political anchor and Inside City Hall moderator Dominic Carter took a leave of absence from the network and was eventually let go.
For the past several months, various NY1 reporters and anchors, including Michael Scotto, Roma Torre and Elizabeth Kaledin have taken turns anchoring the program.
But to judge by the behind-the-scenes grumbling, New York’s political gadflies have yet to be fully won over by any of the post-Carter offerings. And apparently, neither have the NY1 bosses. The job posting, according to several TV insiders, would seem to signal that the job will not go to any of the channel’s internal candidates.
According to the listing, the new job would entail anchoring Inside City Hall, assisting “all dayparts with political coverage” and collecting, analyzing and shooting “information about newsworthy events that relate to New York politics.” No salary is listed.
A bachelor’s degree or “relevant beat experience” is required. On-air experience is preferred.
Currently, New York is awash with talented political anchors on the free market who are thought to be interested in the job. In recent months, speculation about the future of the show has centered around former Inside City Hall anchor Andrew Kirtzman, former WNBC-4 political ace Jay DeDapper and current WNBC-4 anchor and government affairs reporter Melissa Russo.
“The bottom line is that we’re actively looking for a replacement,” NY1 chief Steve Paulus recently told The Observer. “We clearly have candidates in-house who are interested. But we’ve opened it up to the entire field.”
“The search is one among the other billion things we’re working on,” he added. “If we could fill it tomorrow, I’d be happy.”