New York Prepares To See Less Of Chuck Scarborough


With the FCC’s Spectrum Auction now concluded, we knew in April that storied NBC flagship WNBC-4 in New York is heading into the history books, with programming shifting to a DT signal tied to its Telemundo-affiliated O&O, WNJU-48.

Now, viewers of WNBC will not only be saying goodbye to “Channel 4,” but also one of the market’s most familiar 11pm news anchors.

Chuck Scarborough, who has served as the lead anchor of WNBC’s 11pm newscast since 1975, is stepping down as of this evening, the New York Daily News reports.

“I just wanted to see what it was like being like the rest of the world lives,” he told the newspaper,

Scarborough will remain on the air at 6pm slot, starting Monday. That’s when Stefan Holt, 31, succeeds Scarborough in the 11pm slot.

Scarborough is a household name across the New York Tri-State anchor, and for many years was paired with Sue Simmons, who retired five years ago.

Commenting further on his decision, Scarborough told the Daily News, “I’ve been working this 3 p.m. to midnight shift for half a century,” he said. “But it’s not like I’m retiring … when news breaks, I promise you, I’ll be there.”