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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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Here’s the Transcript of WCCO’s Notorious Chinatown Dog Meat Story

Last week WCCO aired an investigative report about a Minnesota puppy mill owner who appeared to be shipping dogs to a meat market in New York City’s Chinatown.  Through a miscommunication that will likely be cited in journalism classes for years to come, WCCO reporter James Schugel asked a worker at the Chinatown meat market if he sold dog meat.  Thinking Schugel was asking about duck meat, the man answered matter-of-factly, “Yeah, we sell dog meat.”

After the New York state agriculture department searched the meat market for dog meat (and found none), the New York Post ran a story that was picked up by dozens of blogs and newspapers across the country, and WCCO’s epic fail was even given the Taiwanese animation treatment.  This week, Minneapolis Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. reported that WCCO staffers are concerned “that heads could roll,” and the SPJ and the AAJA publicly urged the CBS O&O to issue an apology.

All the while WCCO has tried its best to ignore the publicity and criticism, apparently hoping that the story will just go away (the station has scrubbed all details of Schugel’s report from its website, even as commenters ask for an explanation).  When reached by phone today, the station’s communications director stuck with a “no comment.”  Since WCCO continues to ignore the issue and much of the public outcry has been based on hearsay, TVSpy has decided to run a transcript of the story… 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 Unable to Maintain #1 Status in Twin Cities

WCCO has been unable to match the 10 p.m. ratings win it experienced in November, when the CBS O&O bid an extended farewell to longtime anchor Don Shelby.

In November, WCCO finished #1 in the 25-54 demo for the first time in 24 years. But the station couldn’t retain its top spot in December.

Although the station was unable to stay #1 with Shelby’s successor, Frank Vascellaro, MinnPost points out that “anchors aren’t the only variable.”

Kiki Rosatti, WCCO’s director of communications and content, told MinnPost that, despite its slide at 10 p.m., the station saw gains in its other newscasts:

The station showed double-digit demo gains for all newscasts except the 10, including 5 a.m. (up 20 percent), 6 a.m. (82 percent), 5 p.m. (37 percent) and 6 p.m. (17 percent). WCCO won December demo at 5 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

Ultimately it seems that WCCO’s December ratings are less about an anchor change and more about viewers’ continued shift to earlier newscasts.