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WNBC Moves Forward at 5 p.m. with Split Newscast

WNBC140908172527Without any publicity or fanfare, WNBC quietly unveiled its revamped 5 p.m newscast without Tom Llamas.

Channel 4 opted to break the traditional one-hour broadcast into two separate 30-minute shows. Chuck Scarborough and Sibila Vargas anchor the first half. We’re told the “anchor” leg features a rotating male presence of either David Ushery or Rob Schmitt, alongside Shiba Russell.

At first blush we notice the previously demoted Russell is getting the short end of the stick again. She has the noon duties but loses a pivotal half hour of face time.

Of course, Chuck and Sibila are already the station workhorses as the lead team at 6 and 11 p.m.

It’s uncertain if this is a stopgap measure. In addition, Tuned In learned the station did not let the staff know about the changes.

“Newsroom insiders are concerned these changes will be confusing to viewers,” a source admits.

At 5 p.m. viewers have multiple options for local news. WCBS and WABC, usually performing better than WNBC, are joined by WPIX and WNYW.

Several years ago, Channel 2 tried a split 5 p.m. news that featured a lighter news slant at the bottom of the hour. There’s no word on what the direction for WNBC’s version will be.

Llamas departed for ABC News last month.

ABC’s Rob Nelson Takes Anchor Slot at Channel 7

wabc2Overnight viewers may know Rob Nelson for his three years with ABC News Now. Nelson has also been a co-anchor on the network’s America This Morning. Staying in the company, Nelson has been named weekend morning anchor at WABC, succeeding Phil Lipof. Last month, it was announced that Lipof would leave Channel 7 for WCVB in Boston. His final newscast is December 8. A WABC spokesperson confirmed Nelson’s hiring, which was first reported by @Ny_NewsObserver. Nelson is not expected to start until sometime in January.

In March, Nelson was switched to dayside at ABC News. He was a correspondent for all platforms and programs.

As ABC News President Ben Sherwood remarked in a statement at the time, “Rob’s reporting, grace and humor infused each broadcast with a winning style he perfected over many years.”