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WNBC/Ch. 4 could soon have another anchor on the roster.
Station brass are in negotiations with Boston
anchor Shiba Russell
to become a weekend anchor at Ch. 4, sources told the Daily News.
Russell, now co-anchor of weekend newscasts on WCVB-TV, has told that station she is leaving.
Her deal there expires in January, and she could start here after the new year.
Word is talks are continuing between Russell and Ch. 4, although she's also said to have spoken with other stations in the city as well.
In some ways, landing a job
here is a bit of a homecoming.
Russell was born in Boston and was reared in New Jersey
. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle
and broke into the business working
for News 12 Long Island
and News 12 The Bronx
In both cases, she served in a one-man-band type of system where she reported and shot her own stories.
Before Boston, Russell worked at WTAE in Pittsburgh
, which is owned by Hearst Stations. Hearst then moved her to Boston.
Reached Monday, Russell's agent, Rick Ramage
of the N.S. Bienstock
agency, declined to comment.
"We have no deal with Shiba Russell," said a Ch. 4 spokeswoman.
Local newsrooms have been buzzing in the last few days over the possibility that Russell was close to joining Ch. 4 and what it might mean for the station down the road. The rumors started once the Boston station was told she was not returning, and began its own search.
However, there's been speculation that part of bringing Russell to Ch. 4 is about planning for the future. That could include, though not immediately, having her become one of the main weekday anchors at the station.
and WNBC officials have been loath to contractually guarantee any anchor slots - current or down the road. So the talk about what she may do there may be just that, talk.
Likewise, some of the speculation may stem from Sue Simmons
' absence the past month. Simmons, who has been teamed with Chuck Scarborough
for decades, was off during the sweeps period for back surgery, according to a station spokeswoman. She's scheduled to return to the anchor desk Jan. 3, the spokeswoman said Monday.
Russell is a single
mother, and word is that the consistency of a local TV job appeals to her more than a network post, which might require more travel.