Wow. That was fast. Yesterday, The Sun's David Zurawick first reported that veteran news anchor Marianne Banister is leaving WBAL-TV, the victim of budget cuts. Today is her final newscast.
"I am overwhelmed by the support and kindness of viewers and friends! Moving into a tough day. Last one at WBAL. Thanks to all!" Banister wrote today on her Twitter feed (@MBanister1).
Fans are reaching out to her through the social media site, with sentiments ranging from "You will be greatly missed. Just told my mother and grandmother, they are upset. Will be watching tomorrow. Best of Luck" to "Hopefully another station will pick you up soon."
Two years ago, Baltimore named Banister the best female TV anchor, noting that she "sounds like she knows what she's talking about."