- ABC News suspended morning show “GMA3” anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes after the two disclosed a romantic relationship. The pair are married to other people and the relationship is rumored to significantly predate their disclosure.
- VoxComm, a PR trade industry association, is encouraging member agencies to boycott a Keurig Dr Pepper agency search due to the company’s practice of requiring 360-day payment terms for vendors.
- Singer Celine Dion announced she has been diagnosed with the inelegantly named “Stiff-person syndrome” (SPS), a rare neurological and autoimmune disorder. The diagnosis has caused her to cancel or postpone dozens of shows that were part of her “Courage World Tour.”
- Pandemic service cuts and increasing violence has caused a 21% drop in customer satisfaction with RTD. The drop means RTD CEO Debra Johnson will receive no performance raise this year.
- The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spent $428,000 to relocate 205 prairie chickens from Kansas to Colorado in an attempt to prevent extinction, and it is not working.
- Ryan Montoya, the meth-addled driver who hit and killed cyclist Gwen Inglis, was ordered to pay $353 million to Inglis’ family. The family acknowledges they will see little, if anything, of that verdict, but said they appreciate that the publicity could serve a a deterrent to other drivers.
- ABC has pulled the plug on its “Christmas with the Backstreet Boys” TV special after member Nick Carter was accused of sexual battery.
- An Olive Garden manager in Kansas was fired after he challenged employees who took time off with an email that read in part, “If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us.“
- A gun shop owner in Maryland, concerned about a recent series of break-ins, fired shots at an unmarked police car because he thought they were thieves.
- A study found that, over a 32-year period, the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” series featured more white men named “Mike” than it did any women.
So, who won the week?
- Michael Spencer has been named lead anchor at CBS4, replacing the beloved Jim Benemann, who is retiring in a few months.
- Speaking of retirement, today is longtime 9News anchor Gary Shapiro’s last day at the station.
- RTD named Stuart Summers as Chief Communications and Engagement Officer.
- Denver PR agency dovetail solutions named Emily (Holleran) Teiffel as its new president. It also promoted Summer Wright to SVP and Julia Bulotti to senior director of client services.
- Jill Petersen, the National MS Society’s Director of Employee Engagement & Communications, has joined the board of SafeHouse Denver. She joins GroundFloor Media | CenterTable’s Lauren Noser, who also recently joined the board.
- WNBA star Brittney Griner is back in the United States after U.S. officials reached an agreement on a prisoner swap with Russia.
- Residents of Craig, Alaska are grabbing free Yeti coolers that are washing up along the town’s shores. A container ship traveling from South Korea to Canada dropped 1,600 of them recently during bad weather.
- An anonymous donor is covering administrative costs for the Colorado Healing Fund so that 100% of donations made to support Club Q victims can go directly to them.
- Hiring new head coach Deion Sanders has jump-started the University of Colorado’s football team.
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Fabulous column, as always.