The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Joanne Ostrow

Some­times even the “news leader” gets scooped.

Af­ter a TV in­dus­try gos­sip site pub­lished a ru­mor that TEGNA had of­fered a “buy­out” of its high­salaried KUSA an­chor, Adele Arakawa, push­ing the an­chor “out the door,” Arakawa went pub­lic with her planned an­nounce­ment Tues­day: “I was made aware of (the post on this morn­ing. I couldn’t be­lieve it. I had met with (KUSA) man­age­ment last week to dis­cuss when we were go­ing to an­nounce my re­tire­ment. “My last day is June 30, 2017.” That will mark 24 years for the re­spected an­chor — on top of the rat­ings and as a fa­vorite lo­cal per­son­al­ity.

The sta­tion planned to make the an­nounce­ment dur­ing Tues­day’s late-news broad­casts.

Arakawa, 59, a was en­cour­aged to stay by 9News/TEGNA boss Patti Den­nis and was of­fered en­tice­ments to ex­tend her con­tract. But it wasn’t about money, Arakawa said.

“Frankly, I never made a se­cret of the fact that I’m not go­ing to work be­yond a cer­tain age. I’m sur­prised I’ve lasted as long as I have,” she said.

She thinks the tim­ing is right: The day af­ter her planned re­tire­ment, she and her hus­band, Barry Tiller, will cel­e­brate their 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary. Two weeks later, Arakawa will turn 60.

Arakawa ex­pressed dis­may at the way her re­tire­ment was leaked to and er­ro­neously re­ported by a gos­sip site, lead­ing her to lament the cur­rent state of news and “fake news.”

“It angers me, it’s this whole specter of fake news. The in­dus­try has mor­phed into some­thing quite dif­fer­ent. We used to be a re­spected in­dus­try. Now peo­ple are left try­ing to dis­tin­guish what’s true, what’s false.”

Should Den­ver TV view­ers ex­pect a pro­tracted send­off for her next sum­mer?

“I would like to have a minute to thank ev­ery­body and, at 10:35 p.m., walk out the door,’’ she said. “I just want to fade off into the sun­set.”

Den­ver Post file

News an­chor Adele Arakawa will re­tire from KUSA in June.

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