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Report: WABC-TV To Fill Void of Oprah with Newscast

WABC/Channel 7 is losing two mainstays of its daytime lineup this year–Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin.

WABC, for a quarter-century, has been fortunate to have Winfrey’s strong ratings as a lead-in for their 5 p.m. newscast.

Now, WABC execs are at the “what next?” portion of the show.

Crain’s New York reports station management has decided to use Oprah’s departure to go back to basics–more news.

WABC will air news, becoming the only New York TV station with a 4 p.m. newscast.  

Dave Davis, WABC general manager, told Crain’s that being alone at 4 o’clock is an advantage for Channel 7.

On the topic of Philbin, Davis said a replacement for the 79-year-old legendary host hasn’t been made. He did say Philbin has been asked, and agreed, to say with Live with Regis and Kelly until November.

TV Icon Regis Philbin Retiring From ‘Live With Regis and Kelly’

Legendary TV host Regis Philbin, 79, announced his retirement this morning on ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly.’ He is expected to stay with the show until the summer.

The broadcast started locally with The Morning Show on WABC in 1983. By 1988, Disney syndicated the one-hour daily program with then co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.

“WABC is proud to be the home of ‘LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,’ and it will be difficult to say goodbye to Regis after 28 years as a member of our family,” commented Dave Davis, president and general manager, WABC. “We will miss him as a colleague and friend.  We’re fortunate, however, to have two real pros who can lead ‘LIVE’ into the future – Kelly Ripa, who has spent the last ten years developing her own amazing voice in daytime talk, and Michael Gelman, who has been with the show since its inception and is one of the best executive producers in daytime television.”

 

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