Two months ago, DCRTV, which tracks local media comings and goings, said it had heard former CBS Atlanta anchor Cynne Simpson was coming back to the city to take over for Amanda Davis on Fox 5.
The rumor dangled for two months with no response from Fox 5 - until this morning.
The station confirmed that she will co-anchor the 5 p.m. news and 10 p.m. news. She starts August 12.
I couldn't reach Simpson for comment but she provided this comment in the press release:
“It's great to return to Atlanta and I look forward to joining Russ, Tom, and Lisa behind the evening anchor desk.”
The anchor schedule is as follows as of August 12:
- Lisa Rayam anchors “FOX 5 News at Noon”
- Cynnè Simpson and Tom Haynes co-anchor “FOX 5 News at 5 p.m.”
- Lisa Rayam and Russ Spencer co-anchor “FOX 5 News at 6 p.m.”
- Cynnè Simpson and Russ Spencer co-anchor “FOX 5 News at 10 p.m.”
- Tom Haynes anchors “FOX 5 News Edge at 11 p.m.”
Simpson, a Howard University graduate, had most recently been anchoring morning and noon news at the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C.
She was a popular anchor on CBS Atlanta from 2004 to 2007 before that.
In case you want an update on the Amanda Davis DUI case, there is none. Her attorney's office said Fulton County has yet to set a court date for her case despite the fact it happened more than eight months ago.
Davis was taken off the air immediately after her DUI case, where she was driving the wrong direction on Piedmont Road and hit another vehicle. She has since been sued by the driver. She retired in an awkward goodbye on air in April.
She has not spoken publicly about the situation.