Will Joe Donlon and Irika Sargent stop CBS 2’s revolving door of anchors?

Joe Donlon and Irika Sargent

When Joe Donlon hauls anchor over to WBBM-Channel 2 next month, it will mark the 14th change in 22 years to the talent lineup on the CBS-owned station’s nightly newscasts.

Wednesday’s announcement that Donlon would replace Brad Edwards alongside Irika Sargent at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. raised hopes once again of creating a team that clicks with each other and with viewers.

Granted it’s been close to 50 years since it happened before — when Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson first teamed up on “THE Ten O’Clock News.” But with CBS 2 again under the leadership of smart people who know what they’re doing, who knows? Maybe there’ll be magic in the air again.

They’ll need that and a lot more. In the latest Nielsen ratings sweep, CBS 2’s late news ran dead last in key adult demographics, finishing sixth out of six.

Here’s a rundown of CBS 2’s 10 p.m. anchors since Y2K:

  1. Carol Marin (2000)
  2. David Kerley and Linda MacLennan (2000 to 2001)
  3. David Kerley and Tracy Townsend (2001 to 2002)
  4. Antonio Mora and Tracy Townsend (2002)
  5. Antonio Mora and Linda MacLennan (2002 to 2003)
  6. Antonio Mora and Tracy Townsend (2003)
  7. Antonio Mora and Diann Burns (2003 to 2007)
  8. Rob Johnson and Diann Burns (2007 to 2008)
  9. Rob Johnson and Anne State (2008 to 2009)
  10. Rob Johnson (2009 to 2010)
  11. Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan (2010 to 2015)
  12. Rob Johnson and Irika Sargent (2015 to 2019)
  13. Brad Edwards and Irika Sargent (2019 to 2022)
  14. Joe Donlon and Irika Sargent (2022)

Wednesday’s comment of the day: Amy Jacobson: A brilliant move!