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Bob Sellers: ‘I lost my job last Friday’

Bob Sellers, the former CNBC and Fox News anchor who joined Nashville’s WSMV last year, was let go last Friday. In HuffPost, Sellers writes,

I am one of the white collar casualties of a struggling economy and changing industry (television) — and let’s be frank — managers looking for a scapegoat to save their own jobs.

Earlier this year, Sellers wrote about the national media’s lack of coverage of the historic flooding in central Tennessee. A column which, at the time, was praised by his boss:

I sat across the desk from a boss who told me that management had decided to go another direction. This was the same boss that a few months before had given me a glowing personnel review for the work I had done as the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at the NBC affiliate in Nashville. The same boss who told me a piece I wrote for the Huffington Post on local flood coverage was “extraordinarily well-written” and reflected well on the station. The one who told me three months ago not to leave to take a job in Washington, D.C. because they were very happy with my work and wanted me here. (That job has since been filled.)

Sellers writes about what millions of Americans have felt the last couple of years, and what happens following a job loss:

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Kurtz On Why BP, Terrorism Trumped Nashville News

Leading with some anecdotes from Nashville anchor Bob Sellers–whose story TVNewser covered last weekThe Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz looks at how the Nashville floods failed to draw the media attention that the gulf oil spill and attempted bombing in Times Square did.

Kurtz notes that news outlets were looking for an “angle” to the coverage.

ABC, CBS and NBC sent correspondents whose pieces aired for a day or two on the morning and evening newscasts. Such reports often mentioned that the Opryland Hotel was under nearly 10 feet of water but had little time to explore the scope and texture of the human suffering.

Later in his column Kurtz tweaks MSNBC host Ed Schultz over a statement he made about Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu

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‘I’m not surprised the national media came upon the story of the Nashville flood late in the game’

Sellers_5.13.jpgFormer CNBC and Fox News anchor Bob Sellers, now an anchor at WSMV-TV in Nashville, writes at HuffPost about the national media coverage — or lack thereof — of the recent flooding in Tennessee.

I’m not surprised the national media came upon the story of the Nashville flood late in the game. There was a bomb scare on May 1st, the first day of the rains. Bombs in Times Square and oil leaks in the Gulf are significant stories. But even when they did discover the Flood of 2010, the minute-thirty pieces on network news showing inundated tourist destinations kind of missed the expanse of the event and the depth of its pain to the victims of a once in a lifetime flood.

Sellers, who lived and worked in the New York area for many years, blames the media’s East Coast bias:

We know from experience that when it rains in New York, the whole country gets wet. When it snows there, the Ice Age is upon us. But news goes on outside of New York and Washington. There’s a whole country out there. And stories worth telling.