After six years, Erika Tarantal has anchored her final newscast at WNBC. Tarantal is headed to Boston’s ABC-affiliate WCVB as an anchor and reporter.
“I will always treasure my time at WNBC and be thankful I had the opportunity to work at News 4,” Tarantal tells Tuned In.
She says a start date has not been decided.
Co-anchor David Ushery made mention of Tarantal’s departure during the 11 p.m. Sunday newscast with sports anchor Bruce Beck.
“We’re a little bit sad, Bruce, right?,” Ushery asked.
Highlighting his soon-to-be former colleague’s assets, Beck said, “Her versatility, her charms, her smarts, everything about her, and we wish her the best of luck.”
The broadcast ended with Ushery giving Tarantal a fist bump toward her future endeavors. As Beck’s Sports Final show began he added, “Hold the tears off.”
Tarantal says, “WNBC is a station filled with great talent and great people who I will always consider family.”
By JERRY BARMASH
Channel 4 is going bi-coastal with its new hire, Rob Schmitt (left) from CBS’ duopoly KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
Schmitt, who makes his New York debut July 15, will anchor the weekday noon broadcast with a rotation of Erika Tarantal and Contessa Brewer.
Schmitt, who was with the CBS’ stations in L.A. since 2011, will also handle reporting for WNBC’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.
It also frees up noon co-anchor Tom Llamas to expand his reporting duties with the station’s investigative unit—the I Team. Viewers will still see Llamas, who won an Emmy as New York’s top anchor, with Shiba Russell at 5 p.m.
“I’m incredibly excited,” Llamas tells Tuned In.
Llamas’ plate is even more full when you add his contributions to NBC News.
“It’s really a dream opportunity,” Llamas says. “I don’t know if any other television journalist on the planet has that type of opportunity. So I’m really looking forward to it.”