Winds of change at KCBS

Three days before the start of the May sweep, there’s turmoil in the KCBS newsroom amid talk of a shakeup in its front-line 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor team of Ann Martin and Michael Tuck.

Martin, one of L.A.’s highest paid TV anchors, has been in contract renewal talks for several weeks, and KCBS station management is understood to be asking for a significant cut in her estimated $1.7 million annual salary. Martin was recruited with a rich contract in 1994 with the hopes that she could lift KCBS’ dismal news numbers, but the station remains a distant third to KNBC and KABC.

Tuck, meanwhile, is expected to have a diminished role, moving to the 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts as early as this week until his contract comes up early next year. Both Martin and Tuck were off the air Monday, and word around the newsroom was that the fill-in team of Gretchen Carr and Jonathan Elias are being eyed as permanent replacements for the 6 and 11 p.m. reports.

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