This was posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
After 18 months, CBS46 has dropped its daily “Just a Minute” commentaries, mostly from former journalists.
The commentaries have been moved to the online pages here and will be simply written editorials without the video component.
Among those who provided the final on-air commentaries earlier this month included former CNN and 11Alive reporter Mark Pettit, former Channel 2 Action News reporter Joyce Oscar, former CNN Headline News anchor Lyn Vaughn and weekend V-103 host Frank Ski.
They had been airing on CBS46’s 5 p.m. newscast at 5:57 p.m. daily.
“We found in today’s politically charged environment some people simply were not open to a different viewpoint,” said Mark Pimental, general manager, in a text today. “We saw this tone increase in the run-up to the fall election and since. I think your readers who go on Facebook and the like could relate to the tone of the times being different. We got some great reaction to many of the commentaries and our team did great work expanding the discussion on a great many topics. We will continue to do that online. But now people can choose to read it or not.”
The first on-line only commentaries last week were by Angela Robinson (formerly WAGA-TV and 11 Alive) about local elections this spring and two that were posted with no bylines, which I presume was accidental.
Pettit, by the way, will be joining CBS46 as a special correspondent to do occasional news stories and will no longer provide Just a Minute commentaries.