Channel 5 news viewers take note: get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.
While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005. has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.
Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.
Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.
“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”
These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.