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In Her Final Newscast, Sue Simmons Makes It Clear She Doesn’t Want to Leave

Throughout her final newscast on WNBC, legendary New York anchor Sue Simmons made it clear that she didn’t want to leave.

Following a day of video tributes to her, the moment finally came Friday night: Simmons would anchor her last newscast at WNBC, ending a 32-year run at NBC’s flagship station. And she did it with the same humor and unpredictability that have endeared her to so many viewers.

At times during the 11 p.m. newscast, Chuck Scarborough, Simmons’s longtime co-anchor, whose dapper outfit for the occasion was punctuated with a bright pink pocket square, looked like a nervous parent teaching his kid to drive–he was ready to grab the wheel when it appeared that Simmons may veer the newscast in a regrettable direction. Read more

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Sue Simmons’ Former Co-Anchor: ‘Her Bloopers Are Part of Who She Is’

With New York icon Sue Simmons set to anchor her final newscast at WNBC tonight, Jack Cafferty, her former “Live at Five” co-anchor, says that the on-air bloopers she’s notorious for are integral to her legacy.

While WNBC has been tight-lipped about Simmons’s final newscast this week, FishbowlNY got in touch with Cafferty, who’s now with CNN.

“Her ‘bloopers’ are a part of who she is. This is New York, after all,” Cafferty told FishbowlNY. “The only people who will hold them against her are the ‘suits,’ who, in my experience, tend to be humorless.” Read more

WNBC’s 5pm show renamed ‘New York Live’

WNBC is changing the name of its 5pm show from “LX New York” to “New York Live,” effective today.

LX New York debuted two years ago produced not by WNBC’s news department, but by the LX.TV group, which had been acquired by NBCUniversal in early 2008.

Jane Hanson and Sara Gore continue to host the lifestyle and entertainment program.

For decades, from 1980-2007, the 5pm timeslot on WNBC was home to “Live at Five,” an interview and lifestyle show which led off with news headlines. “Live at Five” had been been hosted by Matt Lauer and Jack Cafferty, and for its entirety by Sue Simmons and once included voice-overs from SNL announcer Don Pardo. But over the years, the show morphed into a traditional newscast, was canceled in 2007 and replaced by EXTRA at 5pm and later News 4 New York until LX New York came along in 2009.

“Our new name, New York Live, reflects what the show has become — all about the very best of New York everyday,” says Morgan Hertzan, General Manager, LX.TV.

The name change comes on the same day New York’s news leader WABC launches its 4pm newscast replacing “The Oprah Winfrey Show”