Longtime WTVT-TV anchor John Wilson has announced he is retiring after 50 years in broadcasting.
Wilson made the announcement during Friday's 6 p.m. Fox 13 newscast.
"It is time for me to make a graceful exit, and I will do it in a few months," he told viewers.
He began at WTVT in 1993.
“John Wilson is a broadcasting legend, who our viewers have trusted for many years,” WTVT news director John Hoffman said in a statement. “We will certainly miss him here at the station, but we have no doubt his connection to the people of the Bay area will continue for years to come.”
He came to the Tampa market in 1981, where he spent 12 years as one of the main anchors at WTSP, Channel 10.
He moved to WTVT in September 1993. A year later, the station switched its longtime CBS network affiliation to Fox.
According to WTVT's website, Wilson has also anchored newscasts in his home state of Virginia; St. Louis; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
He has won three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press.
He is also the father of actor Patrick Wilson, who was the star of the films “Watchmen” and “Insidious.” Another son, Mark, works at WTVT as an anchor and reporter. His oldest son, Paul, owns a local ad agency.
His wife, Mary K., is a local singer who often performs her husband. They live in St. Petersburg.