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L.A. anchors away as Anzur ankles

KTLA, shuffling journos, adding to news changes

Terry Anzur’s newscast for KTLA-TV on Wednesday night was her last for the station, marking the latest in an unusual flurry of anchor shuffles in the Los Angeles market.

KTLA’s decision not to renew Anzur’s contract comes on the heels of last week’s news that Harold Greene exited KABC after more than 18 years with the station.

It’s been rumored that Greene, in the process of his ultimately failed contract negotiations, had entertained an offer from KCBS, which also recently reorganized its anchor schedule. Included in KCBS’ recent lineup change was a move of longtime L.A. news personality Ann Martin off the 11 p.m. news.

At the same time as the KCBS announcement, KNBC made Ana Garcia and David Cruz their midday anchor team, replacing the morning team of Kent Shocknek and Kathy Vara, who had been standing in since their early ayem duties were expanded.

Prior to that, KNBC promoted reporter Furnell Chatman to weekend anchor, replacing Rick Chambers, who left the station.

The dust is yet to settle, with major talent now adrift and new rosters largely untested.

Anzur, who for the past three years has co-anchored KTLA’s weekday “News at 10” with longtime newsman Hal Fishman, was not offered a new contract in an effort to “make a change to improve our product,” a KTLA spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman added that the station is not ready to announce Anzur’s replacement.

“News at 10” weekend co-anchor Marta Waller will fill in for Anzur until a permanent replacement is hired.

If Waller is hired as the permanent replacement, it would represent a sort of vindication for the anchor. In 1997 she sued, then settled her case against the station and its owner, Tribune Broadcasting, for age discrimination after she was demoted from the weekday anchor seat that Anzur ultimately won.

Anzur did not return calls seeking comment on her plans.

In the meantime, Anzur is known to be busy penning a book about the TV news business and serves as assistant professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication.

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