Why is WNBC anchor Sue Simmons being let go?

New York Post

Soon-to-be-former WNBC anchor Sue Simmons made $5 million a year to do one telecast, writes Don Kaplan this morning. Whether or not that's on station management for not deploying her adequately, that's a pretty tough line item to defend in any media outlet's budget season. Kaplan anonymously quotes "former co-workers" as saying Simmons used to drink between broadcasts, something she's owned up to before.

As problematic is Kaplan's report that her co-anchor Chuck Scarborough "makes frequent appearances at charity events and corporate functions — which Simmons consistently passes on."

Those events are an important part of what keeps the wheels spinning at local television stations. If she was in fact unwilling to appear at them, her continued employment was downright miraculous. Still, I'd be surprised if there were a connection between that gripe and the failure of the Save Sue Simmons Facebook page to catch fire.

Simmons' departure is on Page One of the New York editions of The New York Times this morning; the article addresses the charges that sexism is at play here, since Scarborough is staying on. Simmons and Scarborough will, at least, forever be paired at the 2:30 mark of Fountains of Wayne's "Traffic and Weather." || Related: "NABJ is disappointed" (Richard Prince/Maynard)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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