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Chuck Scarborough Marks 40 Years at WNBC

Chuck Scarborough is celebrating his 40th anniversary at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York. In an interview with NBCUniversal Direct, Scarborough reflects on his career path (from Biloxi to Atlanta to Boston to New York) and the most challenging moments of his career at WNBC.

“Frankly, I think the ability to stay here — that I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in this market — is so remarkable for this length of time. It doesn’t happen that people stay for 40 years in one job in television news,” Scarborough said. “…Mainly, I’m grateful that I was able to do it, that there was enough of an audience watching us for me to maintain that position throughout the years, and to be able to build a reservoir of credibility that helps me cover the news here.” Watch:

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Chuck Scarborough Thinks Jimmy Fallon is Trying to Steal WNBC’s Studio (Again)

Before interviewing Jimmy Fallon about his “Tonight Show” debut, longtime WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough reminded viewers that the New York home of “The Tonight Show,” Studio 6B in 30 Rock, did not always belong to late-night comedy.

After “The Tonight Show” moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Studio 6B was the home of WNBC until 2008. Fallon’s “Late Night” debuted from Studio 6B in 2009.

“He kind of bumped us out. I’m still a little bit sore about that,” Scarborough said. “…I know what you’re doing here, Jimmy. First you kick me out of Studio 6B five years ago. And then you take over Studio 6A. You’re casing the joint, aren’t you? You want my studio again.” Read more

WNBC Swaps Sibila Vargas, Shiba Russell

vargas russellWNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, is swapping evening anchors. Beginning next month, Sibila Vargas (left) will replace Shiba Russell (right) on the 11 p.m. newscast.

A spokesperson for the NBC owned station confirms the news, which was first reported by FTVLive, to TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash. “As a matter of course, schedule changes routinely take place at local stations, and this is no different. Both Sibila and Shiba play important roles on our anchor team and will continue to do so,” the spokesperson said.

Vargas, a relative newcomer to WNBC, will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Scarborough. The changes will officially take place February 3.

Russell, who was promoted to evening anchor after Sue Simmons left in 2012, will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Tom Llamas. She will also anchor the noon newscast, which was previously anchored by Vargas.

Sibila Vargas Joins WNBC From KCBS

Sibila Vargas is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, as co-anchor of the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts. Vargas will anchor the noon alongside Rob Schmitt and the 6 p.m. alongside Chuck Scarborough.

Vargas moves to her native New York from Los Angeles, where she has been the early morning anchor at CBS owned KCBS since 2010. She will begin at WNBC in mid-October.

“We are pleased to have Sibila join the team and bring her strong reporting skills home to New York,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

Vargas began her career at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. She has worked as an anchor, producer and correspondent at CNN, as well as as an anchor at KRIV in Houston.

The announcement from WNBC is after the jump. Read more

WNBC’s John Noel Remembered as ‘Simply a Good Man’

Tributes continue to come in following the death of John Noel, a veteran WNBC reporter who died of brain cancer Thursday. On WNBC‘s evening newscast, Chuck Scarborough paused for a minute to remember Noel.

“From the day he learned he was sick until the end, John refused to feel sorry for himself, always telling us how lucky he was to have such a wonderful job and family,” Scarborough said.

“To say that John was a good and decent man would be the understatement of all understatements,” Noel’s longtime agent and friend, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy in an email. “John lived and died a man of honor …True to his word, John fought on to the very end. John personified courage. I loved the man dearly.”

The full tributes from Scarborough and Meisner are after the jump. Read more

Sue Simmons on ‘Nightmare’ WNBC Departure

Eight months after her final newscast at WNBC, Sue Simmons opens up about being cut from the New York City NBC O&O in an extensive interview with our sister site, FishbowlNY. Simmons discusses the cutbacks at the station and her friendship with former co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, as well as the emotional turmoil of losing her seat at the anchor desk:

“The last several months from March to June was pretty much a nightmare for me,” Simmons admits. “Because after you’ve worked with your teams and your friends for that long it’s very difficult to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to be anymore.”

Simmons adds that there was no bitterness as she began the “farewell tour” at WNBC. “How would you complain about 32 years at one job, in television, in New York City, and being part of the longest running anchor team in New York’s history?”

If it were her choice, Simmons says viewers would still be watching Chuck Scarborough and her each night. Read more

Sue Simmons On Being Let Go From WNBC: ‘I cried every day’

Just three months after her departure from WNBC, Sue Simmons is speaking out about the NBC O&O’s decision not to renew her contract.

“It wasn’t so all of a sudden. I had an inkling,” Simmons said in an interview with Joy Behar that will air Tuesday night on Current TV. “But somewhere along the line there were mixed signals, and I didn’t think it was going to end, and it did.”

Simmons, 70, talked with Behar about her replacement, Shiba Russell, as well as her reported salary and her former co-anchor, Chuck Scarborough.

“They kept him. Why?” Behar asked Simmons. Read more

Sue Simmons Lives On at WNBC

It’s almost as if WNBC is trying to trick viewers into thinking Sue Simmons never left.

On Tuesday night, as Shiba Russell, Simmons’s replacement, anchored her second 11 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Scarborough, the station ran a chyron at the top of the show (above) that identified Russell as “Sue Simmons.” Read more

As Shiba Russell Debuts at 11 p.m., No Mention of WNBC Anchor Change

On Friday, WNBC marked the end of an era: after 32 years, Sue Simmons anchored her final newscast at the station. On Monday, as Shiba Russell assumed Simmons’s longtime spot next to Chuck Scarborough, it was business as usual, right down to Scarborough’s tie and pocket square.

WNBC made no mention of the anchor change during Russell’s first 11 p.m. newscast Monday. And, in what was either a wardrobe oversight or a crafty way to smooth the transition from Simmons to Russell, Scarborough appeared to be wearing the exact same outfit, down to the bright pink pocket square, on Monday night as he did Friday. Read more

Shiba Russell Replacing Sue Simmons at WNBC

In a move that many have anticipated since she joined the station last year, Shiba Russell is replacing Sue Simmons on WNBC‘s 11 p.m. newscast.

During a monthly staff meeting that took place this morning, WNBC president and general manager Michael Jack announced that, “effective today, Shiba Russell will be expanding her responsibilities to include the 11 p.m. news.”

Russell has been co-anchoring WNBC’s weekday 5 p.m. newscast alongside Tom Llamas. At 11, she’ll pair with Simmons’s longtime co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, who recently had his contract renewed for another three years. Read more

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