Longtime WTHR (Indianapolis) Anchor Bruce Kopp is signing off from the station this weekend.
“It’s been a great ride stretching nearly 34 years for me here at Channel 13, but it’s time to wrap things up,” Kopp wrote on his Facebook page.
Kopp told the Indy Business Journal that WTHR offered him another contract, but he could not agree to its terms and decided to leave.
“Knowing my status here and the schedule, I feel more comfortable moving on,” Kopp said.
Kopp was hired by WTHR in 1983 and within a few years was working morning broadcasts. In March, Kopp was reassigned from his weekday morning news anchor position to the weekend anchor spot while also helping with reporting during weekday evening newscasts.
That move, WTHR General Manager Larry Delia said in March, was “part of a broader strategic plan.”
It seems the "strategic plan” was to get Kopp to leave and he is.
Kopp says he doesn’t know why he was displaced as WTHR’s weekday morning anchor. “I wish I could know more, but at this point, it’s ancient history, so I’m moving on,” he said.
Kopp said it, “was a management decision and was not the best direction for me to be headed.”
“I’m undecided on what I’ll do next,” Kopp said. “I have a lot of contacts from years doing this job, so I’ll be reaching out. I have options. Right now, nothing is official. I’m wide open to the possibilities.”