A successful investigative reporter at WNBC and WCBS for more than a decade, Scott Weinberger is happy to avoid the day to day grind of the TV news world. Since 2009, Weinberger has been executive producer of Investigative Discovery’s (ID) On the Case with Paula Zahn.
The show, now in its eighth season, will air its milestone 100th episode later this summer.
Weinberger, who was chief investigative reporter, was laid off from Channel 2 in 2007 by the same management team that oversees the station today.
“The station was required to pay me for the balance of my contract,” Weinberger tells Tuned In. “So ultimately I got to sit on the beach for a couple of months.”
With a regular dose of crime beat exclusives, Weinberger, a former cop in Florida, was in his comfort zone. Despite only logging two years at WCBS, Weinberger and his full-time investigative unit were shuttered.
“The landscape changed at the station, and the focus of trying to pull viewers from 7 [WABC] and 4 [WNBC],” Weinberger tells Tuned In. “They were targeting a specific type of viewer, a more female skew and less emphasis on investigations and more emphasis on beauty tips.”
He says it was all about drawing the most women to the 11 p.m. broadcast.
“A decision was made that what I do and the cost of it wasn’t paying the benefits of the kind of the viewers that they were trying to attract,” Weinberger says.