After Two Decades, Hudson Leaving WRC-TV

By John Maynard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Technology reporter I.J. Hudson will leave WRC-TV (Channel 4) in January after 21 years at the NBC-owned station.

"TV careers are a lot like G.E. light bulbs," Hudson wrote this week in an e-mail to Channel 4 staff members, referencing NBC parent company General Electric. "You think they'll last forever, but in real life, they do go out unexpectedly.

"That's what has happened for me."

Hudson, 59, would not discuss the circumstances of his departure in an interview yesterday. "That's not something I can really get into," he said. "The officialdom can talk about that."

Channel 4 spokesman Matt Glassman categorized it as a "contract deal," adding, "We don't comment on contracts."

The announcement, reported Thursday on local media Web site, came the same week that parent company NBC Universal announced it was cutting 700 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, and slashing $750 million from its budget by the end of 2008.

Hudson joined Channel 4 in 1985, covering Maryland politics and later anchoring weekend newscasts. In the mid-1990s, Hudson began to cover technology, launching his "Digital Edge" reports for the station. "I covered viruses when they were on floppy discs," he said yesterday.

Hudson, whose last day will be Jan. 5, said he is considering work in public relations, media training or "even some stuff on the Internet. I'm not giving up on technology."

For now, he is concentrating on his last months at the station. "I still have a job to do here. I'm still having fun."

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