Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:28

It's happened before on channel 4, it happened again at channel 10. Now it happened once more on TV4. It's obviously happened many other times and places, but why only to those lovely female faces? Why did these anchorwoman retire when anchormen of a similar age remain on that same stage?

Pat Harper was a television anchorwoman and a fixture for nearly two decades on New York City television. She became the first woman to anchor a television news program in New York, back in 1975. Harper's on air run stopped in April 1991. She died three years later.

Ann Bishop was one of the first anchorwomen on TV. Although she left the anchor desk in 1995, she is still a legend. Bishop, anchored South Florida`s highest-rated newscasts for more than a decade and was considered the market`s most popular news-anchor. She died two years after stepping down.

Sue Simmons signs off this day after nearly 33 years. The biggest goodbye and adios for a NY broadcast icon in years. Simmons is 69 years old, but she joined the station in 1980 as a good looking, young, capable and chipper anchorwoman. She has anchored Ch. 4’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with fellow station vet Chuck Scarborough for over 30 years as well as the station’s “Live at Five” news, information and interview television program. There will be a tribute to Sue Simmons on her very final day today.

Age should never be considered a detractor, so why does this industry place it as an equal, or greater value over experience and credibility?