Bob Ryan, a veteran Washington, D.C. weathercaster, is switching channels, reports the Washington Post.
Ryan will move to WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in D.C., starting next week. The move is part of WJLA’s efforts to bump up its ratings to those of WRC-TV, a station that’s owned and operated by NBC and which was home to Ryan for 30 years.
The weathercaster will likely take over the 11 p.m. weekly shift from WJLA’s lead weatherman, Doug Hill, who will move to the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. station broadcasts. It’s not clear when Ryan when begin on air at WJLA.
According to the article, Ryan "spent 30 years at Channel 4, and helped News4 become the most-watched news station in town — a title it has held for more than a decade despite weak prime-time ratings and a long series of cutbacks by its owner, NBC Universal. He was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with WRC in February. The expiration of his contract triggered a ‘cooling off’ period that required him to remain off local TV for 60 days."