Nine years ago, CBS bought a small Long Island TV station, WLNY, for $55 million. A CBS executive ended up with a membership at an exclusive golf club owned by the seller.
The evening newscast will begin July 12 with anchor Cindy Hsu, meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.
Rich Paleski joins CBS-owned WCBS-WLNY New York from the company’s KYW-WPSG Philadelphia where he’s being succeeded by Marc Musgrove. Both have the title of director of broadcast operations and engineering.
Newsy Ramps Up For 24/7 News
Long Island-based WLNY’s final 11 p.m. newscast under the current ownership will air on March 29. A regularly scheduled newscast won’t return until mid-June, a couple of months after the outlet is officially acquired by CBS-owned WCBS New York.
The CBS New York O&O is boosting its Long Island bureau by hiring Carolyn Gusoff and increasing its entertainment coverage through Katie McGee. The moves are the latest in a series of personnel shifts the station is expected to make in preparation for its acquisition of Long Island’s WLNY.
When CBS announced on Dec. 12 that it was acquiring WLNY and creating a New York duopoly (with flagship WCBS), it didn’t release the price. But it shows up in the FCC application seeking approval of the deal. WLNY is an independent station owned by Michael Pascucci and family.
The purchase of the independent station on Long Island will give CBS a duopoly in the nation’s largest media market.