WNBC-TV has tapped a successor to the legendary anchor Sue Simmons, who signed off from the station Friday night after three decades there, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
Her successor is Shiba Russell, who joined the station in early 2011 and early on sparked speculation that she would succeed Simmons, the story notes. Some viewers have noted that she resembles a young Simmons.
Simmons, 69, was forced to leave the station when her contract was not renewed.
Russell will continue to anchor the station’s 5 p.m. newscast, expanding her responsibilities to include the 11 p.m. newscast.