WNBC Names Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas as 5 p.m. Anchor Team

WNBC/Channel 4, which previously decided to bring back its 5 p.m. newscast, has named its anchor team. 

Shiba Russell (right), a weekend co-anchor with David Ushery, joins Tom Llamas for the new one-hour newscast, beginning September 12th.

“A new, one hour newscast at 5 p.m. will offer viewers a compelling choice for local news,” said Susan Sullivan, WNBC, Vice President of News. “The selection as anchors of Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas, two award-winning journalists, is essential to ensuring the effective delivery of the critical local news and information that is so vital to our viewers.”

WNBC viewers have noticed the accomplished Llamas making more appearances behind the anchor desk, usually filling in for Ushery and Russell. Along with the new WNBC anchor duties, Llamas also becomes an NBC News correspondent.

Russell who has only been with WNBC since February, quickly showcased her strong talents as a reporter and anchor. Almost instantly, she became Sue Simmons’ unofficial back-up, sitting along side the legendary Chuck Scarborough on numerous occasions.  

WNBC’s lifestyle and entertainment show New York Live with Jane Hanson and Sara Gore switches to 3 p.m. 

“We know that the best lead-in for news is news, so by having a 5 p.m. newscast, we’re offering a great complement for our 6 p.m.  newscast as well as the NBC Nightly News,” Sullivan says. 

WNBC set the standard at 5 p.m. by creating Live at Five in 1979. It ran, with a mix of news and interviews, until 2007.