Deposed Channel 9 anchor Gurvir Dhindsa, who was let go by the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate last month, has landed a temporary gig at rival Channel 5 that may well turn into a full-time job at the Fox-owned station.
Beginning tomorrow and for at least the next three months, Dhindsa will anchor Channel 5's early morning newscast at 5 a.m., subbing for Shawn Yancy, who for the past few months has been anchoring the station's 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
With Yancy as a leading candidate to become the regular early evening and late-night anchor, Dhindsa is in prime position to take over her role as early-morning anchor.
Dhindsa, whose four-year contract with Channel 9 was not renewed by management when it expired in July, said yesterday she's just happy to be back on television. "It's actually been almost perfect," she said yesterday from Montana, where she was vacationing. "I got some much-needed time off and took a great vacation."
She added that she is "thrilled to be going back to mornings." Prior to joining Channel 9 in 2000, Dhindsa was the co-host of WAGA's sunrise show "Good Day Atlanta."
Dhindsa's arrival at Channel 5 comes one month before Tracey Neale, Channel 5's former lead anchor, takes over Dhindsa's old role at Channel 9 anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. news. The big question at Channel 9 remains whether or not 35-year veteran Gordon Peterson, who anchored with Dhindsa, will team with Neale.
On her last newscast for Channel 9 in July, Dhindsa hinted that she would not disappear from Washington's TV screens. "I'm not saying goodbye," Dhindsa said as she signed off. "I'm not going to say 'See you later,' because I will see you later."
Dhindsa said yesterday she auditioned with Channel 5 just four days after her last day with 9.
Although Dhindsa would not comment on the details of her departure at Channel 9, she did not paint a rosy picture of her days there. "I'm glad to be gone," she said. "I think there's a lot of upheaval there. It's going to be a while before they settle things down."
Last week, the station let its news director, Dave Roberts, go following four tumultuous years that saw declining ratings and several personnel changes.