WCTV‘s Monday Noon newscast was visited by nine people in cow suits holding Chick-Fil-A signs along with a Chick-Fil-A spokesperson pitching a special deal for viewers.
The Tallahassee, FL, CBS affiliate initially posted video of the visit to its website, but has since taken it down.
WCTV news director Stan Sanders told TVSpy, “This was not sponsored, it was just a humorous way to let the viewer’s know why nine (9) cows were being seen at several locations throughout our Market that day.”
“I’ll tell you what. One of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life is looking in our conference room and seeing cows seated all around our table,” said anchor Art Myers during the newscast. Click here to watch the video from a cached version of the WCTV website.
Sanders added, “Our Noon Newscast contained several solid stories that day, and when we saw how hilarious 9 cows looked in our conference room, thought the audience might get a kick out of seeing that sight too.” He added, “Our viewers are very smart and know we are not endorsing the chain by putting Cows in the show.”
Later, meteorologist Rob Nucatola told one of the cows, “Come with me, I’ve got to do the weather. Come on. Come on.” He was promptly joined at the green screen by a cow with a sign that had the company’s logo and catchphrase, “EAT MOR CHIKIN.”
Click here for a webcached version of what WCTV put up on its website complete with videos of the cow themed visit. The page has since been removed from WCTV’s site.
We received no reply from the station when we asked why the page was removed.
>UPDATE: Sanders told TVSpy, “ The Cows are back in the barn, they’ve had their unexpected 15 minutes of fame…” when we asked about why the page was removed.
Here’s the video of the weather segment: