Longtime News Director to Leave WABC-TV, Dominant Local News Operation in Nation’s Top Market

May 29, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The news director of the station that has been the dominant player in TV news in the New York market is leaving the station after 25 years, the New York Daily News reports.

Kenny Plotnik will leave WABC-TV at the end of this week, the story reports.

Plotnik circulated a memo to staffers this morning, praising them as “the New York Yankees of TV news,” the report says. He added: “25 years is a long time at one place and I’ve given a lot of thought to what lies ahead during the next 25 years.”

Plotnik did not indicate what his plans are, and called the decision to leave “a very difficult choice.”

The report notes: “A spokeswoman for Disney, WABC’s parent company, said WABC General Manager Dave Davis will be filling in and that a replacement be named ‘when the station determines the right candidate.’”

The story adds: “In the highly competitive local news market, Ch. 7 newscasts have long dominated the ratings. Though there has been some tightening lately and viewership varies by demographic, Ch. 7 led in the May sweeps at 4:30 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.”

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