A representative for Fox Television Stations announced that John Roland, who worked as an anchor and reporter for Channel 5
in New York for more than three decades, passed away on Sunday. He was 81.
In December 1969, Roland passed on KTTV in Los Angeles to join sister Metromedia station WNEW in New York as an overall task columnist.
Before taking over for Bill Jorgensen on the flagship 10 p.m. weeknight edition in 1979, he covered politics during the week and anchored the 10 p.m. newscast on weekends.
( In 1986, Fox and News Corp. acquired control of the station, which changed its name to WNYW.)
In 2003, Roland left his position at 10 p.m. to anchor new newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. He retired in June 2004 to Florida.
"I need to thank you for welcoming me into your home for such an extremely long time," he said on the air when he left. " It's a greeting I never underestimated and consistently viewed as an honor."
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