Why would a network fire an award winning and #1 ranked anchorwoman in New York? Well according to WNBC Channel 4 – it was time to move on from the 68 year-old Sue Simmons who has been with them for over 30 years.
Last week, the network owned & operated/flagship station informed the 68-year-old anchor that her contract will not be renewed. Interestingly enough, her co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, who is also 68, received a three-year extension on his contract.
While there were reports that Simmons might get the ax this year, it was kept under raps since it wasn’t officially confirmed by corporate.
Still, it seems that many fans and viewers of the beloved television reporter are confused by Simmons departure as she has managed to maintain her popularity rating amid the minor blunders of her career. The most notable faux pas being the “What the f**k are you doing?” moment in which she apologized for on air.
Simmons, who grew up in New York, first emerged on the scene in New Haven, CT and later climbed the ranks, working in Baltimore and as a correspondent and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1980. She then came to Channel 4 in 1980.
Up until now, Simmons has been the highest paid news anchor at a local station the country.
Of course, MSDTV will keep you posted. Stay Tuned.