WPTV’s lead man has agreed to stay another year reports Page2Live. Apparently Jim Sackett, who’s been the main co-anchor at WPTV for many years, got convinced by station management to put off retiring and put in another year at the anchor desk. Wit some caveats. The station’s management allegedly wanted him for two more years but Sackett only agreed to one with a six month part-time work schedule.
Page2 adds that that Jay Cashmere who was considered most likely to succeed Jim Sackett when he retires will not. Management put Cashmere on the anchor seat at 5 and 5:30pm but rival stations WPEC and WPBF have continued to gain on WPTV. WPEC has been closing in on WPTV and even dethroning the once always #1 Newschannel 5.
Come this May, WPTV will be losing another high-profile anchor – Chandra Bill, who is leaving the station and the TV news business to work a Chick-fil-A franchise with her husband.