We know all about cost cutting. The broadcast industry isn’t immune to belt tightening when times are tough. But in the last several months, WNYW/Channel 5 dropped several veteran reporters, becoming the proverbially “salary dump.”
Entertainment reporter Anne Craig and Andrea Day were two standout reporters who failed to get contract renewals in 2011. But in March, there was a surprise from the WNYW camp.
The station’s longtime political correspondent, Dick Brennan was sent packing after 11 years.
Apparently, he didn’t have a non-compete clause as Brennan is now reporting on a per diem basis for WCBS/Channel 2, a station spokesman tells FishbowlNY. He was seen Saturday night doing general assignment work.
It’s a great move by WCBS, adding the Little Neck native and Fordham University graduate. A greater move, though, would be finding a full-time role for the accomplished Brennan.