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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 Plans Send-Off for Sue Simmons

WNBC plans to bid farewell to longtime anchor Sue Simmons with a series of tributes running throughout the day on Friday, culminating in her final newscast at 11 p.m.

“Sue has been a part of many memorable moments in New York history, and we’re going to look back at some of those and her contributions to them,” a station spokesperson told TVSpy.

WNBC will run video tributes to Simmons during all of its newscasts Friday that will include the familiar mix of on-air highlights and salutes from former colleagues and local celebrities. Read more

Sue Simmons Signing Off From WNBC June 15

Sue Simmons‘s final day on WNBC will be June 15th.

The popular anchor, who has been delivering the news on NBC’s flagship station for the past three decades, will bid farewell to viewers next week and sign off for the final time on WNBC’s 11 p.m. newscast next Friday, according to FishbowlNY.

In March, news broke that WNBC had decided not to renew Simmons’s contract, which expires this month.    Simmons, 69, is on vacation this week.

VIDEO: WNBC’s Sue Simmons Caught Talking About Her Breast at Start of Newscast

One thing you can’t say about Sue Simmons‘ 30+ years at WNBC is that it’s been dull.

The veteran anchor was caught telling a private story involving her breast at the start of the station’s 11 p.m. newscast on Monday, before her co-anchor Chuck Scarborough realized that they were on the air (video above). 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.

WNBC: ‘We Have Tremendous Respect and Admiration for Sue Simmons’

WNBC released a statement today after it was reported that the station had declined to renew the contract of longtime anchor Sue Simmons.

“We have tremendous respect and admiration for Sue Simmons,” the statement reads.  “For decades, Sue has been a critical part of New York’s longest tenured anchor team in the city and has more than earned her iconic status.  We have been engaged in ongoing conversations with Sue about her transition from WNBC and will continue to work with her on plans to celebrate her many contributions to WNBC and the New York market.”

WNBC Cutting Longtime Anchor Sue Simmons

WNBC has reportedly decided not to renew the contract of longtime anchor Sue Simmons.

Simmons, 68, has been a fixture of the WNBC anchor desk for the past three decades.  New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams reports that WNBC declined to renew Simmons’ contract, even though the station decided to give her longtime co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, who is also 68, another three years.

According to Adams, Simmons was informed a year ago about WNBC’s new direction.  Around the same time, WNBC brought on anchor Shiba Russell, who many thought would eventually replace Simmons. Read more

CNBC Will Simulcast WNBC’s 9/11 Coverage Sunday

WNBC‘s planned special coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be simulcast Sunday on CNBC, NBC’s business network.

WNBC, which is the flagship NBC owned-and-operated station in New York City, will be live beginning at 6 a.m. for a two-hour “Today in New York,” anchored by Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo. CNBC will pick up the station’s coverage from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a special report featuring Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons, who will read the names of the 9/11 victims.

The WNBC coverage will span ceremonies at Ground Zero that will be attended by President Obama and former President Bush. Security has been tightened for the occasion following a “credible, but unconfirmed” threat of a terror attack on the anniversary; WNBC was one of the two New York City local stations to show a press conference on the threat from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg last night. The other was WCBS.

Ten Years Later, Former WNBC Anchor Carol Jenkins Reflects on the State of Local News

Carol Jenkins — a WNBC anchor for more than 23 years – is interviewed today by our sister site, FishbowlNY. Jenkins, who helmed the 6 p.m. broadcast at the NBC owned-and-operated station in New York City, has spent her post-television career as an advocate for women and African-Americans in the TV business.

Jenkins, who says the industry is moving in “the right direction” with regard to diversity, was critical of local news today, admitting she prefers to get her news from the internet. “After I’ve watched a heavy dose of local news, with a certain kind of story, I feel ill,” she said.

Jenkins left local television in 2001 and founded the Women’s Media Center in 2004. For more of the interview — including her thoughts on WNBC evening anchor team Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmonsread the full interview at FishbowlNY.

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”

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