Chuck and Sue, minus Sue? Cindy Adams breaks the bad news. Plus: AOL's rough Patch; Frontline goes for Murdoch
10:48 am Mar. 7, 2012
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Cindy Adams isn't the fountain of scoops she used to be, but her column's got a juicy one today.
The octogenerian New York Post gossip reports that WNBC/Channel 4 is giving the boot to her friend and colleague Sue Simmons after the veteran local anchorwoman's contract expires in June.
Simmons, a four-time Emmy winner and co-host with Chuck Scarborough of the network's 11 p.m. nightly news broadcast, has been WNBC's lead female anchor since 1980.
"It was entirely NBC’s decision to break up the city’s best-known local anchor pair, Simmons and Chuck Scarborough," writes Adams, who has contributed to WNBC in the past. "Both contracts were up in June. We’re talking similar vintage. Sue is 68. Chuck is 68. The station’s given Chuck three more years. Sue’s been given the boot. They’re no longer a team. A year ago, she was told by a senior member at the network that this was happening. She asked me not to tell anyone because it hadn’t come from the bosses. Now it has."
As of this morning, the story was getting surprisingly little pick-up, perhaps suggesting that no one cares about local news talent these days except for when they are cursing on air or being accused of rape.
A spokesperson in NBC Universal's corporate press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In other news...
CNN's Sarah Palin primary night coup. [Huffington Post]
Taking a cue from the family playbook, A.G. Sulzberger is headed to the New York Times metro desk to become an editor. [W.W.D.]
More and more advertisers are bailing on Rush Limbaugh. [Politico]
Meet the new woman Limbaugh is attacking. [Mixed Media]
Days after his death, Andrew Breitbart's websites got a major overhaul with more of a focus on original reporting. [BuzzFeed]
A breakdown of President Obama's first press conference in forever yesterday. [Dylan Byers]
PBS "Frontline" is gearing up for a Rupert Murdoch expose. [TV Newser]
Consolidation at Patch? [Jim Romenesko]
Sales people at the hyperlocal network are getting fired. [Business Insider]
The Daily News liveblogs Pat Kiernan's guest-hosting of "Live with Kelly." [Daily News]
Ryan Chittum thinks there's "something vaguely North Korean about" Bloomberg's policy on not covering itself. [The Audit]
Forbes Media is looking to refinance a $50 million loan coming due this summer. [New York Post]
Cosmopolitan reportedly has 100,000 paid digital subs. [Ad Age]
In an interview set to air on tonight's "Rock Center With Brian Williams," Gawker boss Nick Denton responds to critics of his web empire, saying: "People need to get their head around the fact that the Web is different — that we publish faster, we change faster, we correct faster. And frankly, the standards of publication are lower." [Erik Wemple]
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