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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.

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Rob Schmitt Joins WNBC as Noon Anchor

Rob Schmitt is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, as noon anchor and a general assignment reporter. Schmitt moves to New York after two years in Los Angeles, where he was the weekend anchor for CBS O&O KCBS.

Schmitt will take over for Tom Llamas on the noon newscast beginning July 15. Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Shiba Russell, as well as take on an expanded role with the station’s investigative team.

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

WNBC’s Michael Gargiulo Reports From Fire-Ravaged Breezy Point: ‘I just could not brace myself for what I encountered here’

Michael Gargiulo stepped away from the WNBC anchor desk on Wednesday to visit Breezy Point, a beachfront area of Queens that was devastated during Hurricane Sandy. Gargiulo, whose parents own a home there, provided emotional coverage from the fire-ravaged town.

“You try to brace yourself for what you’re going to see, but I just could not brace myself for what I encountered here,” Gargiulo told Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell. “I’ve been coming here my entire life. I have to tell you, I just didn’t recognize where I was here in Breezy Point.”

“I have covered tornadoes, I have covered hurricanes and earthquakes. And not that these disasters are in competition with each other, but it’s shocking to see the impact on the people in the community. You see it here, and it is really sobering to see this devastation,” Garguilo continued, his voice thick with emotion. “And still in Breezy Point, two American flags still flying in the distance. And that’s Breezy Point for you.”

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

After Referring to Shiba Russell as Sue Simmons, WNBC Drops Chyron Altogether

For the first time in over three decades, WNBC debuted a new main anchor team this week, and it seems like the station is hoping that viewers don’t notice.

When Shiba Russell made her debut as Sue Simmons‘s replacement on Monday, there was no mention of the anchor change. And then on Tuesday, the station ran a chyron at the top of the newscast that introduced Russell as “Sue Simmons.” On Wednesday night, there was no chyron at 11:00 (image above).

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

New York Stations Go Live for Shuttle Landing

As a jet carrying the space shuttle Enterprise touched down today at JFK airport around 11:21 a.m. ET, every major news station in New York was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., WABC, WCBS, WNBC, and WNYW cut into their regularly scheduled programming to bring live coverage of the shuttle’s entry into New York City. On a windy day in which news helicopters were grounded, there was a noticeable split in how the stations covered the event: WABC and WCBS had multiple reporters in the field and the stations highlighted their team coverage, while WNBC and WNYW relied more heavily on the personalities in their respective studios. Read more

NY Post Cartoon Depicts Sue Simmons Love Triangle, Featuring Shiba Russell and NBC Peacock

Here’s New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas’s take on the news that longtime anchor Sue Simmons would be leaving WNBC.

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