WPEC-CBS12 is canceling its 7 p.m. news show over the next few weeks — leaving anchors Ben Becker and Stephanie Watson to wonder about their jobs!
The 7 p.m. news became a unique local product in the market but never caught on with viewers as it competed since its inception seven years ago against lighter fares like gossip TV and Wheel of Fortune.
Becker and Watson, who was hired in December, will be replaced by the syndicated tabloid show Entertainment Tonight, which WPEC canceled in the early 2000s.
I’m told by a newsroom source that Becker and Watson found out about the switch from watching the promos about ET‘s arrival that WPEC has been airing for days.
“They still don’t know what’s next,” the source said.
Cathy Younkin, their boss, didn’t respond to a request for comment.