Another longtime Comcast SportsNet personality has been shown the exit.
Veteran broadcaster Ron Burke, who was part of the first CSN crew in 1997, is no longer with the network.
“We thank Ron for his hard work and contributions over the years,” CSN said in a statement when asked about Burke's departure. “His professionalism and his passion will be missed.”
Details of the separation aren’t immediately known. Burke took to Twitter late Thursday night to thank his fans and fellow CSN employees who have followed and supported him during his 18 years at the station.
"Broadcasting sports in Philly has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me," Burke said. "I reported to a fan base that loves it from January to December and all over again, and it’s a great place to work in sports."
"I’ll continue to look for the next place where I can be an asset and grow," Burke said. "I'll be in touch."
— Ron Burke (@RBurkeCSN) January 6, 2017
Burke was the anchor of CSN’s SportsNet Central and hosted Eagles Extra, as well as the network's draft specials for both the NFL and NBA. Before joining CSN, he was the sports anchor for NBC10.
Burke is just the latest well-known personality to exit the station in recent months. Longtime Phillies reporter and anchor Leslie Gudel parted ways with the network back in October, months after the sudden departure of her former co-host, Neil Hartman.
Reporters and media personalities took to Twitter Thursday night to lament Burke's departure from CSN:
— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolCSN) January 6, 2017
Salute to @RBurkeCSN.. nearly 30 yrs covering Philly sports.. he was great to a 21 yr old kid trying to figure out this TV biz..thank you!
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) January 6, 2017
@RBurkeCSN All the best to one of the nicest guys I've met in this wild and crazy business. A true pro in every sense of the word.
— Jim Jackson (@JimJPhilly) January 6, 2017
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) January 6, 2017
— Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerTCN) January 6, 2017
— Marshall Harris (@mharrisCSN) January 6, 2017
As class an act as there is. https://t.co/pM85h5o275
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) January 6, 2017
To attract more millennial viewers, CSN has been undergoing format changes in recent months across all of their stations nationwide, including here in Philadelphia. The network has shifted away from highlights and sports stories to place more emphasis on analysis and discussion among hosts.