OnMedia: Two morning news anchors sign on
As expected, Channel 6 has moved quickly to fill the morning co-anchor chair that will be vacated later this month by the departure of Mark Concannon.
The Fox affiliate has hired Shawn Patrick, a Chicago-area native who has been anchoring weekend mornings at KUSA-TV, the NBC station in Denver, Colo.
Concannon has announced that he's leaving Channel 6 after 23 years, with his last day scheduled for March 23.
News director Jim Lemon says Patrick will start, but probably won't join co-anchors Kim Murphy and Nicole Koglin until the week of April 5.
Lemon described Patrick as, "very comfortable, very relaxed ... very Midwest," and a good fit for the newscast that runs Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 9 a.m.
He paraphrases Patrick as saying, "I'm not a serious guy, but I take the news seriously."
There's no word yet on what Concannon plans to do after leaving Channel 6 later this month.
Here's a sample of Patrick's work in Denver:
Meanwhile, over on Channel 58, the new morning co-anchor is Asa George, who joins Shari Dunn.
George was most recently in Dayton, Ohio, where she worked at the ABC and Fox affiliates as an anchor. She was a victim of budget cuts at the Sinclair-owned sister stations.
She takes the spot vacated when Keith Meka moved to the 10 p.m. newscast.
Here's a look at George's work in her previous job:
On TV: Sunday's Canadian victory over the U.S. in Olympic hockey Sunday afternoon pulled in 27.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the biggest hockey game in 30 years. Milwaukee was the fifth highest-rated market among 55 metered markets, with 224,000 area homes, 43 percent of TV households watching TV at the time. Buffalo was first, followed by Detroit and Minneapolis. 9054
- Following the Olympic closing ceremony at 9:30 Sunday night, Jerry Seinfeld's painfully unfunny "Marriage Ref" managed to pull in 14.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen. I would not expect future episodes of the show, which features a panel of celebs ruling on other other folks' marriages, to get anywhere near that audience.
- Milwaukee isn't a stop on this spring's live tour of the cast of Fox's "Glee." But "Glee Live In Concert" has two nights at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from $39.50 to $89.50.
- The cast for the next round of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was announced this morning: "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka, Pamela Anderson, Niecy Nash of "Reno 911," Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, Aiden Turner of "All My Children," moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco,
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, "reality" TV star Kate Gosselin, Olympic skater Evan Lysacek, and Shannen Doherty. The show returns March 22.
- RadarOnline.com reports that a planned "Brady Bunch" reunion on Wednesday's "Today" show has been canceled, thanks to an ongoing feud between Maureen (Marcia) McCormick and Eve (Jan) Plumb."
- And if you're interested in Monday night's season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor," he picked Vienna Girardi.
Back to the way it was: With Jay Leno back in the 10:35 p.m. slot on NBC, his late-night competitor was having fun at Leno's expense over on CBS, opening his show with the line "my name is Dave Letterman -- same time, same host."
Here's a bit of Jay's first monologue:
Ahh 56% female and skewing older, hence ice skating every night at 9. It makes sense from a business viewpoint, it's just frustrating from a sports fan view. Thanks for your time!
Ratings were pretty consistent, whether events were live or recorded. The Olympic audience isn't a sports audience, it's 56% female, and skewing older. Running stuff in prime time allows NBC to charge more for commercial time, because the available audience is much, much larger. This is a business issue, not a sports issue. Fans, especially for niche winter sports, aren't the primary audience. They'll watch whenever the sport airs. But the Olympics aren't targeted at the core fans. This is old-fashioned BROADcasting, not narrowcasting.
Tim, out of curiousity, how did the ratings of the game on Sunday compare to the ratings of other live events on NBC? And also, how did the ratings of events that were live on primetime fare against the ratings of stuff that was canned? It's too late, obviously, but you would hope that the next time the Olympics are held in a time zone that makes live broadcasting feasible, that they just do wall to wall live coverage on the mothership (NBC) versus taking time off in the afternoon for soap operas etc. Do the soaps draw that good?
While I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, I felt absolutely no impulse to watch "The Marriage Ref". I'd much rather see a "Seinfeld" reunion show which is probably completely unlikely to happen (I didn't see the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Seinfeld reunion as I don't have cable). I think Jerry's lost a bit of his edge now that he's a "married father" comedian. And I'll bet Jan and Marcia couldn't agree over whether or not to have pork chops and apple sauce for dinner.
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