Little ankles KCOP post

Anchor to devote time to family, other pursuits

Closing in on the last five months of her contract, 20-year local newscasting vet Tawny Little has ankled her 10 p.m. co-anchor post at UPN affil KCOP.

KCOP news director Steve Cohen insists it was “a mutual decision” that Little pursue other opportunities, but admitted that “it was time for us to redirect (the newscast).” Little has been with the station for four years, following stints with Los Angeles’ KABC and KCAL.

In a statement Little said, “After a long and rewarding career anchoring, I’ve decided to take a break from its daily rigors and devote more time to my children, family and other pursuits.”

Little’s stepping down — officially on Friday — will be the second recent face-lift for UPN 13. Two weeks ago former KNBC anchor Rick Chambers was tapped KCOP’s main 10 p.m. anchor, replacing Alan Frio.

The recent revamping efforts at UPN 13 make sense, considering its 10 p.m. ratings have always been low compared with its local news competitors (WB’s KTLA and Fox’s KTTV), but the UPN newscast has posted gains over the same period last year.

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