WCBS/Channel 2 is about to finalize the paperwork for Long Island outlet Channel 10/55/WLNY, and plans for the station. The Daily News reports WLNY’s last newscast under current ownership is March 29. Entertainment Tonight will air in the 11 p.m. slot in the short term. Regular newscasts resumes in June.
Channel 55 currently only airs a weeknight newscast at 11 p.m. with co-anchor Richard Rose and Audrey Hampton, sportscaster Kurt Semder, and weather anchor David Weiss.
Only Rose, according to the News, has been guaranteed a spot when CBS takes over. The veteran anchor hosts a weekend show, which is where Rose is likely to remain.
WLNY is believed to employ approximately 55 people, with the Daily News reporting 30 staffers have been told they’ll be part of the new venture once the deal is done. FishbowlNY could not confirm those details.
WCBS hasn’t given any specifics about the new expanded operation, other than this statement.
“We are excited about acquiring WLNY and making it a bigger and better station. Once the sale is finalized, we will be investing in additional people and resources so that we can provide Long Island and the entire tri-state area with additional newscasts.”
While Long Island-centric, it’s expected that any WLNY newscasts will originate from the Broadcast Center on West 57th, and not the Melville studios. Thus, making it easier to several anchors and correspondents to be used on both stations. Recent hires Alex Denis and Lisa Kerney are among those targeted for double duty.