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Anchors from CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Anchors from CBS O&Os across the country will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Anchors from stations in New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles will join the show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler for one day each. This is the third time a round of guest-hosts have been selected from the CBS O&Os.

Kristine Johnson from WCBS will host Monday, Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro from WCCO will host Tuesday, Susan Barnett from KYW will host Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ will host Thursday and Pat Harvey from KCBS will host Friday.

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Anchors, Meteorologists From CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’ Next Week

Local news personalities from five CBS O&Os are guest-hosting “The Talk” for one day each next week, filling in for Julie Chen, who is on vacation.

The five guest hosts are: John Elliot, a weathercaster at WCBS in New York, on Monday; Susan Koeppen, an anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh, on Tuesday; Amelia Santaniello, an anchor at WCCO in Minneapolis, on Wednesday; Kate Bilo, a meteorologist at KYW in Philadelphia, on Thursday; and Paul Magers, an anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, on Friday.

Chen returns to the CBS talk show on Monday, July 9. No word yet on who will guest host for the second week of her vacation.

>Update: “The Talk” will be in repeats the week of July 2, so there will be no guest hosts, a spokesperson for the show tells TVSpy.

Local Anchors at the White House: The Tours, The ‘Exclusive’ Interviews, and Bo

Anchors from nine stations were in Washington, DC yesterday for a local press blitz that included interviews with President Obama and unprecedented access to the White House.

Most of the stations, which were largely located in swing states, billed the Presidential interview as an “exclusive.” Norfolk’s WAVY went one step further: anchors in the studio tossed to live shots with Tom Schaad by calling him “the only local anchor in the nation’s capital today.”

The biggest star for the visitors, however, wasn’t on the schedule: first dog Bo Obama trotted out to the South Lawn unannounced. “That’s the only time I saw things get really ugly with the reporters,” KGW‘s Tracy Barry (pictured) said. “They were practically pushing each other out of the way to get to the dog.”

Watch the reports filed from the White House, after the jump. Read more

White House Opens Doors to 9 Local Anchors

The White House is welcoming nine anchors today for a local round of press that will include interviews with President Obama and comprehensive behind-the-scenes access to the White House.

In addition to their “brief” individual interviews with the President, the participating anchors will broadcast evening newscasts (during sweeps-month, as Politico’s Mike Allen points out) from the South Lawn of the White House, on special risers built for the occasion. The anchors will also have lunch with David Plouffe, interview a White House staffer from the station’s home market and get an on-camera tour of the building with a curator. Finally, they will ask one question each of Jay Carney at the daily press briefing.

The latest local push is significantly more involved than past interviews Obama has done on the local level, which have been limited to seven-minute sit-downs with the President on one predetermined topic. Read more

WCCO Anchor Frank Vascellaro Nearly Breaks Down in Tears Following Story of 8-Year-Old with Cancer

Sitting next to his wife and WCCO co-anchor, Amelia Santaniello, Frank Vascellaro nearly broke down in tears on-air last Wednesday following a report about an 8-year-old girl battling brain cancer (video above).

Vascellaro and Santaniello, who have been sharing the WCCO anchor desk since 2006, have a daughter that is the same age as Gracie Joles, the girl whose struggle with cancer was chronicled by WCCO reporter Lindsey Seavert last week.

“That story would not have had the same impact on me 10 years ago,” Vascellaro told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Now I’ve got kids. Gracie is 8. My daughter is 8.”

WCCO Anchor Amelia Santaniello Faces Viewer Backlash Over Fashion Choice


Twin Cities viewers sounded off last week over a jacket worn by fashion-forward WCCO anchor Amelia Santaniello (above).

Santaniello, who has been with the CBS O&O since 1996, wore a white trenchcoat-like jacket with baggy sleeves that caused one viewer to send her a critical email before the 6:00 p.m. newscast was even over and others to contact the local newspaper.

“I need to check things out before I wear them on air. Sometimes it doesn’t translate,” Santaniello told the Star-Tribune. “Can’t win them all, right?”

While Santaniello seems apologetic about her choice in attire that night, local fashion experts have defended the jacket.

“I love Amelia because she takes more fashion chances,” said Sara Glassman of the Star-Tribune. “She’s definitely the fashion-forward person among Twin Cities female anchors.”

What do you think?  Should anchors be allowed to make daring fashion decisions or should they stick to the conventional suit jacket?  Sound off in the comments section… Read more