UPDATE 10/16/08 5:00 PM: The word has been posted on Channel 3's website this afternoon...about the departure of long-time evening co-anchor Tim White at the end of this year.
Quoting White in the WKYC release:
"For nearly a decade I've had the privilege of being part of one of the best local news operations in the country. The business has changed. What hasn't changed is my deep respect for my colleagues in the newsroom and my gratitude to the people of Northeast Ohio. I have a lot to do in the years ahead, and now is the time to get at it."
WKYC says White will remain on the air through the end of his contract. And, quoting from their announcement:
WKYC has not decided on future plans for replacing Tim in the co-anchor position. It is expected an announcement will be made sometime in mid to late December.
Cleveland Plain Dealer media columnist Julie Washington weighs in as well, with this quote from White, who joined "Channel 3 News" as Judd Hambrick's replacement in 1999:
"The business is changing and tough decisions have to be made. I'm not angry. I'm disappointed."
From TV trade site TVNewsday:
Gannett NBC affiliate WKYC Cleveland (DMA 17) announced today that Tim White, evening news anchor with Romona Robinson since 1999, will leave the station when his contract expires at the end of this year.
White and WKYC were unable to agree on conditions for continuing the contract and have instead agreed on an amicable separation.
More, later...we're drowning in Breaking Media News today, and haven't had time to even grab a quick lunch...er...dinner...