Len Berman to leave Ch. 4 later this spring
Len Berman, 61, a fixture for 30 years as a New York sports TV anchor, the past 24 at Ch. 4, is leaving the station sometime in the next 30 to 60 days.
Berman and WNBC-TV reached a settlement of his contract - believed to be the most lucrative among New York sports anchors, paying him what one local TV industry source estimated was $1 million per year.
Known for his "Spanning the World'' feature, Berman has been one of the most recognizable figures in local TV news for many years.
He joined Ch. 2 in 1979, then worked at the network level for NBC before joining Ch. 4 in 1985, eventually replacing Marv Albert on its nightly news shows.
His departure is part of the ongoing wave of cost-cutting at local TV news operations, which has swept out numerous big names, including in sports.
Sal Marchiano left Ch. 11 at the end of last year after four decades as a New York sports news personality at four stations.
Ch. 2 recently trimmed its sports staff, including lead anchor Ducis Rodgers.
In recent weeks, Russ Salzberg has been doing the sports reports for both channels 5 and 9.
On one recent night, co-anchor Sue Simmons was left to do the sports report on Ch. 4.
(UPDATE: Just talked to Len. He said he'll probably be around until the end of May. He sounded very upbeat and happy to move on to the next phase of his life and career. More in the Wednesday newspaper.)