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But our top story is David Henry has retired from 'Action News'

Changes could be afoot at ABC, NBC news

David Henry on 6ABC's Action News.
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You might expect to see some new faces on your favorite news channel. Two local TV people bid adieu late last week.

After an exhilarating 29-year run, reporter David Henry said goodbye to 6ABC on Thursday. He told me he has no immediate plans other than decompressing with his wife, Sara, for a few months, then on to some R&R in the form of skiing, sailing and traveling around the world.

"I'm trading the big story on 'Action News' for the little things you miss while zipping along in the fast lane," Henry said.

Henry's been to two war zones in both Gulf wars and also has covered other conflicts away from the home front.

"I've been contemplating retirement for several years and decided a few months ago that the time is right, especially since it spares me another winter of standing outside in snowstorms," he said.

It was also the finale for NBC10's Chris Cato.

On social media, he wrote: "My #lastday at #NBC10. There are so many things I'll miss about this place and my #morning news team. But the daily 12:40 a.m. alarm is NOT one of them. #toodarnearly #ouch #coffee #notenoughcoffeeintheworld @tracydavidsonnbc10 @nbc10philadelphia."

Cato is escaping snowstorm coverage as well by moving to Tampa, where he will be an anchor and reporter at the Fox-owned station there, WTVT-TV.

Still keepin' the party goin' . . .

Speaking of television, I was fortunate to be a guest of Kal and Lucille Rudman on Friday for the Broadcast Pioneers gala, which recognized 98.1 WOGL's "Mr. Saturday Night," Bob Pantano, as its 2015 Person of the Year.

It was a well-attended party at the Hilton (4200 City Ave.), where 12 newsmakers were inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Congrats to Lynne Barrett, Tracy Davidson, Jim Donovan, Harvey Holiday, Dick Kearney, Lauren Lipton, Marian Lockett-Egan, Al Primo, Pierre Robert, Karen Rogers, Joe Tarsia and Marlin Taylor.

Pols back strike by airport workers

About 600 subcontracted workers at Philadelphia International Airport walked off the job last week in the middle of the night as part of what was reported as the first-ever national airport workers strike.

Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners and other employees contracted with three airline service companies took to the picket line to protest low wages, poor treatment and unfair labor practices at Philadelphia International Airport.

They had a drum line and held up blown-up photos of their families. Sources say many were offered double-time pay not to strike.

U.S. Rep Bob Brady showed up Wednesday to support the airport workers who were striking in Washington, D.C. In Philly, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Councilwoman-elect Helen Gym, and Councilmen Curtis Jones Jr., William Greenlee and Bobby Henon joined in a rally early Thursday morning to support the airport workers.

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney made the rounds later in the day to help spearhead a march led by the Rev. Greg Holston, of P.O.W.E.R. Interfaith Movement.

"You have every right to collectively bargain with your employers. That's how this country was built. That's how this country is going to be," said Kenney.

"We passed that law requiring the $12-an-hour wage. They're going to follow that law. Come January 2016, things are gonna change."


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