Rob Stafford to co-anchor WMAQ’s 10 p.m. newscast

In another major move by the NBC-owned outlet, WMAQ-TV announced Thursday that Rob Stafford will co-anchor the station’s 10 p.m. newscast with Allison Rosati beginning on August 10.

Stafford will also co-anchor the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscast with Rosati beginning on August 10 as well. The move comes as WMAQ’s ratings at 10 have grown in the past few months while its competitors have slipped.

However, the real test comes in the fall when the nightly Jay Leno Show becomes the newscast’s lead-in.

Stafford had been anchor weekends at WMAQ since 2006. Before then, he was a correspondent for Dateline NBC, which was reduced to a part-time gig. He also had a previous stint at CBS-owned WBBM-TV.