Longtime CBS4 weathercaster Ed Greene is being phased out, according to The Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow, and he isn’t happy about. Asked about being slowly transitioned out in favor of Lauren Whitney, Greene told Ostrow:
“I guess management is ‘going in a new direction?’ I did not ask for ‘more time to spend with the grandkids’ (don’t have any, yet), or to spend more time at our home in Santa Fe (wife still busier than ever with her business … and we still have a student up at CU).”
Jay Clark and Wendy Aiello are championing this year’s Care 4 Colorado toy drive, and they are asking members of Denver’s PR community to help ensure that every child in Colorado receives a gift during this holiday season:
Helping is simple: When you are out shopping for family or friends, just pickup a new toy that is $20 or less. Games, dolls, stuffed animals, building toys (Legos, blocks), sports balls, remote control cars, art supplies, action figures, etc. Drop the toys off at your local King Soopers in the Boys & Girls Clubs bins.
Additional locations where toys can be dropped off are:
- CBS4 lobby located at 1044 Lincoln St. – Denver, 80203
- Boys & Girls Clubs Program Support Center located at 2017 W. 9th Ave – Denver, 80204
- In-store collection day December 13 – CBS4 and Boys & Girls Clubs will be on site at the King Soopers located at Colorado & Yale from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. to collect toys
Please consider applying your PR prowess for the benefit of Denver kids and forward this message to your contacts. A new toy for a child who would otherwise not receive one is more than just something to play with; it is hope that better days are ahead because their community cares about them.
If you would like more info about the work Boys & Girls Club does with Denver kids, here is the link. We all know the power of PR. Pass it on!
Thank you for your consideration and cheers for a fantastic holiday season!
Former CBS4 anchor Molly Hughes has joined executive coaching firm Colman & Company as a media/presentation coach.
The Denver Business Journal is going multi-media with the debut of “DBJ TV” this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The program, a joint-venture with CBS4 that is hosted by Mark McIntosh and features Boots Gifford, showcases the DBJ’s annual Best Places to Work awards.
I’m not sure which one of us has a more appropriate last name for being in the public relations business, but, regardless, congratulations to CBS4 reporter Mike Hooker. He has been named executive director of Public Affairs and Communications at Colorado State University. Hooker, who beat out about 100 other applicants, has spent the past 17 years at CBS4 as its Northern Colorado bureau reporter.
A tip of the hat to CBS4 reporter Paul Day, who is retiring after 40 years in the business. CBS4 has a tribute page that captures some of Paul’s more-noteworthy moments as a journalist.
SE2’s Eric “Not Anderson, the Other One” Sondermann will be one of the analysts contributing to Colorado Public TV/CBS4’s coverage of election night tonight. The coverage, which will also feature analysts Penfield Tate and Jon Caldera, will run from 7-10 p.m. on Channel 12.
CBS4 general assignment reporter Raj Chohan is leaving the station to become a lawyer, according to Colorado Pols. Chohan will earn his J.D. degree from the University of Denver in May, and will join an as-yet unnamed national law firm’s Denver office. He also will continue to host Colorado Inside Out, KBDI/Channel 12’s weekly public affairs show.
The rumors have been circulating for a little while that CBS4 lead anchor Karen Leigh is pregnant, so I’ve been curious if there would be any backlash to the fact that she is not married. Most people wouldn’t care, of course, but TV news viewership tends to skew a little old and cranky.
But so far, there hasn’t been much noise. And credit Leigh for getting ahead of the story with this blog post. She smartly humanized her situation in a way that should take the air out of those who might criticize her.
CBS4 is shuffling the chairs on its morning news show, and the odd woman out is weather forecaster Stacey Donaldson. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details.
Congratulations to CBS4, which posted its first 10 p.m. newscast ratings win in years. 9News GM Mark Cornetta blamed his station’s second-place performance on “re-runs, specials and football (that) tend to skew the ratings results at this time of year,” but we all know that the real reason CBS4 landed in first place is because of Misty Montano’s twitter presence.
It’s no secret that the news resources of local television affiliates are stretched thin. Layoffs have hit every station, and the Fox31/WB2 “marketing agreement” looks to be the future of local news. But it was still surprising to see the details that Pete Webb of Webb PR shared of a new “pool coverage” system that Fox31, 9News, KMGH7, CBS4 and Univision are implementing.
Starting today, the five stations will pool coverage of up to three events per day. The pool is on a rotating basis with each station responsible one day a week. The assignment desks will join a conference call each morning at 8:30 a.m. to determine which events will be covered by a pool representative, and the resulting raw video will be sent to all stations at 3 p.m. According to Webb, the arrangement “is intended for newsworthy events that all the stations would customarily cover on their own, such as gubernatorial news conferences, the Mayor’s State of the City, product launches, events.”
Says Webb, “My fervent hope is that we’ll see more enterprise reporting, now that crews are being freed up, but I’m not holding out much hope. More likely, viewers will see more of the same, with identical footage on each broadcast. That doesn’t reward creativity, enterprise, or just good old fashioned newsgathering, and it doesn’t reward the viewer.”
The number of Denver television anchors and reporters who have departed over the past year has been brutal, but the behind-the-camera exodus has been just as bad. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post reports today that CBS4 producer Vicki Hildner’s contract was not renewed. Hildner’s resume includes a Peabody Award and 40 Emmys in her two decades at CBS4.
It took nearly a week to become official, but the Denver Post is now reporting that 9News’ investigative reporter Paula Woodward is leaving the station after 32 years. No official word on CBS4’s Reggie Rivers yet.
Michael Roberts at Westword roasts CBS4 for violating the “important tenet of editorial independence” in a story about hands-free cell phone calls.
We’ve heard rumors for several days that 9News is dumping investigative reporter Paula Woodward, and now the rumor mill has Reggie Rivers out as CBS4’s weekend sports anchor. We’re starting a pool for the last Denver news personality over age 30.
Denver Magazine announced that it has formalized a relationship with CBS4 to jointly cover local entertainment stories and charitable events. As part of the agreement, CBS4 critic at large Greg Moody will contribute a regular column to the magazine, and CBS4 will carry a segment the last Friday of each month “that gives viewers a sneak peek of one of the stories in the new issue of Denver Magazine.”
Brad Bawmann of the Bawmann Group was among those experts offering perspective on the City of Glendale’s Mayor Pro Tem’s use of no-bid contracts in a Brian Maass/CBS4 investigative piece.
Former Denver Broncos running back and current CBS4 sports anchor Reggie Rivers is the biggest name being associated with an illegal gambling ring that may have ties to a New York Mafia family. CBS4 says it is “aware that Reggie Rivers is on the witness list” and that its management has “been informed that (Rivers) is fully cooperating with the CBI.” Tom McGhee and Deborah Sherman at the Denver Post have the details.
UPDATE: Rivers tells 9News he was unaware that gambling is illegal in Denver, and the CBI is treating him as a potential witness rather than a target of its investigation.
9News anchor/reporter Ward Lucas has decided to leave the station, and will anchor his last broadcast this weekend. Also, CBS4 is outsourcing its helicopter operations and, as a result, pilot/personality Mike Silva is being let go. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details on both.
Did CBS4 and the Denver Business Journal steal the idea for their series “Beating the Recession” from ColoradoBiz and KMGH/Channel 7? ColoradoBiz editor Mike Cote thinks that might be the case, and he’s not too happy.
Based on the number of irate comments this blog receives about TV news anchors being fired/demoted (see here, here, here and here), I can confidently say that the first station to package Molly Hughes with Steve Kelley is going to hit the ratings motherlode.
“Retired” Rocky Mountain News media reporter Dusty Saunders is getting more column inches than … well, name a reporter who still works there. First, Dusty names names (and salaries) on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News. Then, Dusty is the first to report that 9News is offering buyouts to employees older than 55 years who have 10 years or more with the station.
And if that weren’t enough, Dusty today digs into the most recent four-week rating period that were measured by “Local People Meters,” the A.C. Nielsen’s new electronic measurement technology. The results:
10 p.m. Monday-Sunday Newscasts
1. 9News/NBC – 16.8 (+0.2 from 2007)
2. CBS4 – 11.5 (-2.5 from 2007)
3. KMGH/ABC – 9.9 (-1.0 from 2007)
Longtime KCNC/Channel 4 reporter and anchor Bob Palmer passed away last night. He was 77.
The New York Times examines how KUSA/Channel 9 was a pawn in the McCain/Obama advertising wars, and how KCNC/Channel 4 followed along.
KUSA/Channel 9 was the big winner at the 2008 Regional Emmy Award ceremony this weekend. Among the individual awards:
- KUSA/Channel 9’s Nelson Garcia, winner of the journalistic enterprise trophy
- KUSA/Channel 9, winner of the overall station excellence and interactivity award
- KUSA/Channel 9’s Adam Schrager, winner of the award for general assignment reporting
- KMGH/Channel 7’s Anne Trujillo, winner for best news anchor
- KMGH/Channel 7’s Mike Landess, winner for his report on prostate cancer
- KMGH/Channel 7’s Tony Kovaleski, winner for his investigative report on the Denver Jail
- KCNC/Channel 4’s Brian Maas, winner for his investigative report on airplane de-icing
- KCNC/Channel 4’s Vic Lombardi, named as best sports anchor
- KDVR/Channel 31’s Sari Padorr, winner for her serious news features
And congratulations to the four inductees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle for 25 years of service: KWGN/Channel 2 anchor Ernie Bjorkman, KCNC/Channel 4 reporter Suzanne McCarroll, KUSA/Channel 9 anchor Ward Lucas and KRMA/Channel 6 PBS president and GM James Morgese.
If you have wondered what former KCNC/Channel 4 sports anchor Les Shapiro has been up to lately, Penny Parker at the Rocky has the details.
The most hated news anchor in town (see the comments) blogs about KCNC/Channel 4 sports anchor Vic Lombardi’s brush with greatness.
KCNC/Channel 4 reporter Arturo Santiago, who was notified in March he would be let go, has landed an anchor position at KCOY covering the beautiful coastal towns of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Was KCNC/CBS4’s decision to dump Molly Hughes a mistake? Judging by the massive number of “what happened to Molly Hughes” search engine queries that have landed people at our site, it seems like the general public is missing her. And we’re not the only ones who have noticed.
If you have been wondering what former KCNC/Channel 4 anchor Stephanie Riggs has been up to since she left the station, the Rocky has the details of her latest project.
KCNC/Channel 4 reporter Arturo Santiago was among six employees caught up in a layoff at the station this week. The station said additional cuts in the engineering ranks may soon follow, and that other open positions will not be filled.
They’ll both screw you for $300 an hour. Okay, we’re not proud of that one. Anyway, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace in a high-priced call-girl sting has whetted Westword’s appetite for the results of Denver’s medium-priced call-girl investigation. The best (i.e., most salacious) allegations are here.
KCNC/Channel 4 finally confirmed that Karen Leigh will replace Molly Hughes as Jim Benemann’s co-anchor. Hughes will become a “special correspondent” for the station, presumably spending most of her time mailing audition tapes to TV stations across the country. Additionally, KCNC/Channel 4 announced it will begin broadcasting in High-Def starting April 21.
Bill Husted has the scoop on one of the longer-running rumors in town: that Karen Leigh of Minneapolis’ WCCO-TV has been tapped to replace the irrepressible Molly Hughes as co-anchor at KCNC/Channel 4. Expect a mid-March start date.