- 1:00 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CBS46’s news director Lane Michaelsen has left the station abruptly after just 15 months for a new job.
Two sources tell me he wasn’t happy with the resources Michaelsen was given to try to lift the station’s ratings. The station is frequently in fourth place outside of the 11 p.m. telecast.
Managerial turnover at CBS46 has been chronic since WGCL-TV came into existence two decades ago.
At the time Michaelsen was hired, his boss Trey Fabacher sent these comments via email to staffers: “Michaelsen has built a solid reputation of leading quality newscasts and storytelling. Rating increases have been seen very quickly at [More]
- 2:04 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Channel 2 Action News anchor John Bachman is leaving for a main evening anchor job at a Jacksonville TV station also operated by Cox Media.
He will work for the combo CBS/Fox Action News operations WTEV and WAWS.
Bachman joined WSB-TV in 2007 working as a reporter as well as the anchor for the weekend early evening newscast. In 2011, he joined Monica Pearson as co-anchor of the 4 p.m. news. He continues to co-anchor with Erin Coleman since Pearson retired in 2012.
With Justin Farmer as the main male evening anchor at WSB, Bachman didn’t have much room at the station to [More]
- 9:59 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Former HLN anchor Vinnie Politan officially joins 11 Alive on air August 4 on a new morning show from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. dubbed “Atlanta Alive.” He will be the primary anchor.
Morning anchor Karyn Greer’s role will shift. She will anchor the noon telecast, do stories for the evening shows and provide more digital content, according to a story posted on 11 Alive.
Chesley McNeil will still anchor the 4:30 a.m. news with Tracy Humphrey. McNeil will continue to do the weather from 5 to 7 a.m.
“Commuter Dude” Jerry Carnes, education reporter Donna Lowry and “Ways to Save” reporter [More]
- 9:05 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
For the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, Ken Cook next week won’t be gracing WAGA-TV with his now gray but still identifiable mustache and his confident, reliable weather forecasts.
Instead, the veteran meteorologist will likely be on his boat near his home on Lake Lanier, literally gone fishin’.
“I don’t fish a lot,” Cook said in an exclusive interview three days before his final time in front of Fox 5 cameras Friday night. “The reason? I usually don’t catch a lot. Now I’ll have time to work on it.”
Cook said he decided two years ago that this would be his [More]
- 4:17 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Georgia native Chris Holcomb has been named 11 Alive’s chief meteorologist, a job he has been seeking for many years.
On Facebook, Holcomb this afternoon posted this:
I am truly humbled and honored! Ever since I [More]
- 4:47 pm Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
David Chandley, a meteorologist with Channel 2 Action News for 25 years, announced in a staff meeting Wednesday he plans to leave the station at the end of his contract July 11.
News director Mike Dreaden confirmed Chandley’s intentions but declined to comment further.
A University of Georgia graduate, Chandley joined WSB-TV in November 1988. He appears on the daily 5 p.m. newscast.
Chandley has won five Southeast Emmy Awards and taken home the Associated Press Best Weather Reporting Award 11 times, most recently in 2012, according to his biography on the WSB website (which was taken down later in the afternoon.)
- 5:37 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Francis, who left 11 Alive earlier this year as chief meteorologist under murky circumstances, wrote a Facebook post last Friday that suggests he is done with TV news:
A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to get back into TV or if I am done with it….. Here is a “prime” example of why I am done with the insanity known as TV news…..
He still plans to chase tornadoes in the plains, he wrote. “Who knows, I might land back on the air in Atlanta because I will not be leaving this city anytime soon. You [More]
- 10:47 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CBS46 morning show host Michelle Burdo used the dated term “colored woman” during a segment about summer hair tips Monday morning during the 9 a.m. CBS Better Mornings Atlanta program.
“Let me tell you something,” Burdo said during a live segment to an African-American woman who appears to be the hair expert. “I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her and when you straighten it every day, it’s…” She pauses.
The woman filled the empty air by saying, “healthier.”
Here’s a 12-second portion of the segment:
On Tuesday’s show, at 9:57 a.m., Burdo apologized for her utterance. “Yesterday, I [More]
- 10:43 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ken Cook, the longest-running meteorologist on Atlanta television, is retiring, he announced Monday during Fox 5’s 10 o’clock news.
He will be leaving the airwaves during the middle of the summer.
Here is his statement:
Ladies & Gentlemen:
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you some news.
I am happy to tell you that I will be retiring at the middle of this Summer.
This was not a decision done in haste or taken lightly, but one that my wife, Susie, and I, along with FOX-5, have been working [More]
- 3:23 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
A recent fundraiser for KIPP open enrollment schools raised $210,000 using an “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”-style twist.
The second annual event at Buckhead Theatre featured celebrity adults “Top Chef” finalist and Gun Show restaurant owner Kevin Gillespie, former TV judge Glenda Hatchett, Falcons defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson and Morehouse president Dr. John Wilson Jr. pitted against select middle school and high school KIPP students.
Jeff Foxworthy, former host of the original Fox show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” was also supposed to be there, but he had recent neck surgery and [More]