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After 33 Years, Jim Sackett Will Retire from WPTV

After 33 years at WPTV, Jim Sackett will anchor his last broadcast at the West Palm Beach NBC-affiliate on Wednesday.

“I came up when the anchors just gave the news of the day, with no bells and whistles,” Sackett told the Palm Beach Post. “I just don’t care if Lindsay Lohan is in or out of jail.”

The longtime anchor’s contract expired in May, but the station asked him to stay on through the end of the year to train Michael Williams, who will take the evening anchor spot over beginning Thursday night.

“I’m honored to be part of the tradition that Jim started,” Williams said. “He’s a legend who spent years being plugged into the heart and rhythm of this community.”

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WPTV’s Jim Sackett Announces Long-Anticipated Retirement

In a move that has been anticipated for a few years now, longtime WPTV anchor Jim Sackett, who has been the face of the the West Palm Beach station for 33 years, announced this week that he will retire at the end of the year (video above).

He will be succeeded by Michael Williams, who left Miami’s WFOR earlier this year to join WPTV. Williams currently anchors WPTV’s 5:30 p.m. newscast but will transition into Sackett’s marquee role in the coming months. On June 1st, Williams will begin co-anchoring WPTV’s 11 p.m. newscast alongside Kelley Dunn, a 25-year veteran of the station, and then take over Sackett’s longtime 6 p.m. spot in December.

Longtime WPTV Anchor Laurel Sauer Returns to Air with Rival Station WPBF

Laurel Sauer, who was a fixture on South Florida TVs for 28 years before being let go by West Palm Beach’s WPTV in 2009, is returning to TV.

Sauer has joined WPBF, WPTV’s crosstown rival, where she is providing special reports for the February sweeps period. Sauer, 55, did a similar run with the ABC-affiliate during the November sweeps.

“It’s been fun,” Sauer told The Palm Beach Post in a recent interview. “I get my hands back in, certainly show my face back on TV.”

It’s certainly a familiar face for West Palm Beach viewers. Along with Jim Sackett, Sauer co-anchored WPTV’s top-rated newscast for decades before being unceremoniously let go.

The abrupt exit from WPTV still rankles Sauer. Read more

Veteran Reporter Michael Williams Leaving Miami to Helm WPTV Anchor Desk

Michael Williams is leaving Miami’s WFOR to become an anchor at WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Williams is a veteran reporter with nearly three decades of experience in South Florida, including stops at WFOR competitors WSVN and WTVJ.

WPTV General Manager Steven Wasserman confirmed the hiring to The Palm Beach Post but the station has stayed mum about whether or not Williams has been brought on to succeed Jim Sackett, who has been the station’s marquee anchor since the 80s.

Sackett, 65, signed a 1-year contract contract extension last spring while the NBC-affiliate searched for his successor.

Williams is set to join the station in mid-March and WPTV will give more details about his role then. Video of Williams in action after the jump… Read more