Two separate sources have told me that NBC 29 anchor Beth Duffy has submitted her resignation, effective March 1. I’ve heard two different stories of her plans — either she’s getting out of the business but staying in town or she’s been wooed by CBS 19, though I’m more inclined to trust the latter. Of course, I’m in no position at all to authenticate this, so it’s best to regard this as rumor.
Losing a reporter is one thing, but Duffy is the face of NBC 29, as she has been for a few years now. And, more than any other individual factor, it’s a familiar face that gets people to remain loyal to a station. If she were to leave, that would be another minor blow to the station that has lost veterans Robert Van Winkle and Dave Cupp in the past few years, making it all the easier for viewers to flirt with one of the new stations. And if she were going to CBS 19… Well, that would be a major coup for them.