Capital’s arts critic steps down at NBC

Campbell to leave Washington, D.C. affiliate by year's end

WASHINGTON — Continued staffing cutbacks at NBC have claimed the only full-time broadcast entertainment reporter and arts critic in the nation’s capital.

Arch Campbell, who for the past 32 years has covered entertainment for NBC O&O WRC-TV here, including film and theater reviews, will ankle the post at year-end after accepting a buyout/retirement package.

Campbell has been a fixture at film and theater openings, a beat he created for the station in 1980. His career included a period when Campbell would race back to the station following major theater premieres for “instant” reviews.

He briefly hosted a latenight comedy show that featured many budding performers, including Rosanne Barr and Ray Romano.

Vickie Burns, WRC’s veepee of news and operations, said the station is not planning to hire another full-time arts reporter, but will continue arts coverage with available staff as warranted.

Campbell said he will continue a weekend gig covering films for WASH-FM here and will consider other opportunities.

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