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Roland Retires from WNYW

WNYW anchor and New York news fixture John Roland will retire from the Fox owned-and-operated station June 4.

Roland, who has been with the station for over 35 years, had been co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news with Linda Schmidt.

Until a replacement is found, 6 and 10 p.m. anchors Len Cannon and Rosanna Scotto will ad 5 p.m. to their plates as well. Schmidt will stay on as a fill-in anchor and reporter, but no decision has been made on whether she will co-anchor with Roland's replacement.

"I recently had a life-threatening illness, and also recently got married," said Roland.  "All in all, I have decided it's time to step back and enjoy my life." Roland suffered from diverticulitis last year.

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.