The New York Post, the New York Daily News, and Newsday report that Ernie Anastos will be joining News 2 in either December or January, when his contract with Channel 9 expires. Ernie Anastos worked as anchor from 1989 to 1994 under a five-year contract worth a reported $7 million. Anastos has long been considered one of the city's top two or three most-trusted and best-known anchormen, and has been one of New York's highest-paid anchormen for nearly 20 years. He worked at Channel 7 from 1980 to 1989, when he was lured to Channel 2. He joined Channel 9 in 1996.
"This is a personal decision to return to CBS, where I actually started my TV career as a desk assistant at Ch. 2 when I was a young college student in New York," he said yesterday. It is not yet known which newscasts he will anchor, but it will most likely be News 2 At 6:00 and At 11:00, and it appears Stephen Clark will only do News 2 at 4:00. More news on this as it breaks. For more information on Ernie Anastos, click here.