9News to keep rolling despite Gregg Moss' planned departure
Word that Channel 9 business boy Gregg Moss plans to leave the station next month isn't the biggest shock in the world. After all, Moss, who's spent much of his life grappling with debilitating arthritis that's currently in remission, has left or cut back on his duties twice before, in 2003 and 2006. And while his loss will certainly be felt by 9News viewers, no one should expect ratings to plummet as a result of this move.
The station has shed a number of high-profile air personalities in the past six months or so, mostly for economic reasons -- among them, anchor Bob Kendrick, who expressed his unhappiness that his contract wasn't renewed during an event last November, and Ward Lucas, who retired after more than three decades at the station. Somehow, though, the outlet continues to lead the ratings in most time slots, as it's done consistently since the mid-'70s. This run is among the most remarkable in the annals of local TV, and unless something exceedingly unexpected happens -- such as, say, Jesus Christ taking the lead role at Channel 7 -- it should continue for the foreseeable future. That's no knock on Moss. It's just the way it is.