Harold Greene, longtime newsman at KABC-TV, has ankled ABC’s Los Angeles O&O after more than 18 years with the station.
KABC sent out a news release Friday afternoon indicating that new anchors had been assigned to the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Laura Diaz. Greene had co-anchored the station’s 5 and 11 newscasts since 1992.
A station spokesman said that Aug. 7 was Greene’s last day on the air, and that Greene told his KABC colleagues Friday morning that he had decided to leave the station.
It’s believed that Greene and KABC decided to part ways after they couldn’t come to terms on a new contract for the anchor. KABC’s press release made no mention of Greene, and the station’s Web site quickly removed any trace of Greene by Friday afternoon — two good signs that the departure was less than amicable.
Neither side was available for comment. Sources said Greene has held preliminary talks with other news outlets around town.
Marc Brown, who anchors the 4 and 6 p.m. KABC newscasts, will take over for Greene as co-anchor at 11 p.m. David Ono, who co-anchors the station’s 5-7 a.m. morning show, will add Greene’s 5 p.m. role to his sked.
Diaz remains co-anchor of the 5 and 11 reports.
Greene’s agent did not return calls seeking comment late Friday.