Whether WABC is ready for Oprah Winfrey to leave the air next month after 25 top-rated seasons doesn’t matter now. The eventual 4 p.m. change is about to happen. Today, WABC took the first step— making its own changes. First off, the station finally announced the anchors to helm the new 4 p.m. newscast that will replace Oprah’s time slot. Our sister station TVSpy details the changes in the air at WABC.
While no on-air talent is leaving, WABC is playing a bit of anchor roulette.
Liz Cho and David Navarro will anchor at 4. Cho remains at 6 p.m. with Bill Ritter.
The day, arguably, means the most for Navarro, who had a homecoming at WABC in December after a 10-year absence in Chicago.
“I am very excited to be working on this new addition to the WABC lineup and especially thrilled to do it in the city where I was born and raised,” Navarro tells FishbowlNY.
Navarro spent 15 years previously at WABC, including 11 years in front of the camera.
There a switcheroo at 11 p.m. too, as Sade Baderinwa joins Ritter. The veteran anchor, Ritter is also thrilled by what the future has in store.
“I may be the luckiest guy in New York.” Ritter tells FishbowlNY. “And for Liz what an opportunity, creating a new show for the time slot filled by Oprah Winfrey for 25 years. That’s a unique challenge and there is no better person at the station to lead us there.”
We’ve got more on the Channel 7 anchor moves, including the internal memo from news director Kenny Plotnik at TVSpy.