New York Live and its predecessor LX New York have made more changes on the WNBC schedule than a game of three card monte. The latest switcheroo may be a surprise to many. As we reported in March, WNBC announced that New York Live would be canceled in time for fall programming. True to their word, Steve Harvey takes the 3 p.m. slot with the debut of his new syndicated talk show September 4.
And that would be the end of the line for New York Live.
Quietly, however, in just the last few weeks, the show has apparently been given another life. New York Live is making the move to 12:30 p.m., immediately after the noon newscast.
Some changes are coming to the program, though. Most notably, the time has been trimmed to just 30 minutes. Lead host Jane Hanson will not be part of the shorter entertainment/lifestyle broadcast.
“It just didn’t work for me for a number of different reasons,” Hanson tells FishbowlNY. “One of them is financially. There wasn’t the same kind of pay involved… I just could not afford to take that job.”
In the end, it wasn’t a tough decision to walk away, but Hanson still has fond memories of New York Live.
“We were really gaining momentum too. We had great [fan] response… we interacted the audience in unusual ways because we always had that chat at the bottom of the page,” Hanson says. “That part I’ll miss.”