Veteran Anchor’s Contract Won’t Be Renewed at Sinclair’s WJLA

By Kevin Eck 

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Maureen Bunyan is leaving Sinclair-owned WJLA after the station group decided not to renew her contract.

The Washington Post reports, Bunyan was told last week management “intends to exercise a ‘window’ in her contract that enables either party to end the agreement before its full term, according to people familiar with the arrangement. As a result, Bunyan will leave the station next month.”

From the Post:

On Friday, in another cutback, the station laid off several behind-the-scenes news producers and photographers.

Sinclair, the nation’s largest owner of TV stations with 173 outlets, declined to comment about Bunyan on Sunday. She also had no comment.

Bunyan is the second-longest serving anchor in Washington after Jim Vance, who joined WRC, Channel 4, in 1969 and remains its leading anchor.

After working in Boston and New York, Bunyan came to what is now WUSA in Washington, D.C. in 1973. She left the station in 1995 and joined WJLA in 1999.