The embattled CBS-owned television station in Chicago may hire a black news anchorman, but a station official said the move is not a reaction to an extended boycott of the station by the Operation PUSH civil rights organization.
Ted Faraone, a spokesman for CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago, said Wednesday that the station is in negotiation with New York broadcast journalist Lester Holt for a position as an anchorman for its weekday newscasts.
Holt, 27, a CBS employee since 1979, has been a weekend anchor and reporter for the network-owned station in New York since January, 1984. Prior to that, Holt spent two years as a weekend anchor and reporter with CBS-owned KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
"We're talking to the guy," spokesman Faraone said. "We're 98% sure we'll get him."
Faraone denied, however, a report in Wednesday's editions of the New York Times that Holt's impending hiring may be related to a 10-month PUSH protest of WBBM's employment practices.