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WTIC’s Geoff Fox, Fired for ‘Inappropriate Conduct,’ Responds: ‘What I did was still wrong.’

Late Friday, Tribune-owned WTIC fired meteorologist Geoff Fox, releasing this terse statement:

FOX CT has terminated the employment of Geoff Fox effective November 16, 2012 for inappropriate conduct which was brought to the attention of station executives late last night. As this is a personnel matter, FOX CT will offer no further comment or details surrounding Mr. Fox’s dismissal.

On his personal website Sunday night, Fox did comment, without getting into detail about the conduct that was so “inappropriate” it got him fired. He writes:

I had no idea this private conversation would be made public, but what I did was still wrong even if it had remained private.

This is a very difficult time for my family. I betrayed a trust with my wife and daughter which won’t be mended quickly. I have made promises to them I intend to keep.

Fox met his wife Helaine 32 years ago when both worked at a radio station in Philadelphia. They have an adult daughter who lives in California. “Losing my job at FoxCT/Courant is also very difficult,” Fox writes. “I was proud to work there and proud of what we offered the public. It was the best job I ever held. I worked my butt off in gratitude.”

Fox had been with FOX/CT for the last year and a half after spending the previous 26 years at WTNH.

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New Campaign Rips TV Meteorologists for Denying Climate Change

As the AMS holds its annual meeting this week, a group of conservationists has launched a campaign pressuring TV meteorologists “to report the facts about climate change.”

Forecast the Facts is backed by three non-profit organizations and its goal is to hold meteorologists accountable on climate change.

“Scientists have been predicting for years that human-induced climate change would lead to a future of increasingly dangerous extreme weather events,” the campaign states. “But when most Americans tune into their local weather report, they won’t hear a peep about climate change. Why? Because the majority of TV meteorologists don’t believe in it.” Read more

Hartford’s WTIC Expands Morning Newscast

WTIC, the Fox-affiliate in Hartford, is revamping its morning news hours beginning next Monday.

Currently, the station’s morning show airs from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., leading in to syndicated programming from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., WTIC airs a half-hour newscast. Beginning next week, the station will scrap the 11 a.m. newscast and tack an extra hour to the morning show — making the expanded hours 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Logan Byrnes will continue to anchor the broadcast with meteorologist Joe Furey; Erika Arias, who began as morning co-anchor this week, will join them from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meteorologist Rachel Frank, who is normally seen in the evenings on WTIC, will also be featured while Rachel Lutzker is on maternity leave. Geoff Fox will take over Frank’s evening duties in the interim.

5 Tips on Covering a Hurricane

With Hurricane Irene barreling toward the east coast and expected to make landfall this weekend, we thought it was time to call on some experts — meteorologists from Miami, Charleston and Tampa — for their advice on what to do, and what not to do, when covering a hurricane. Here’s what they recommend. Read more

As Geoff Fox Joined Rival Station, WTNH Added Meteorologist Erica Grow

In the same week that longtime WTNH meteorologist Geoff Fox joined rival station WTIC, the ABC-affiliate added Erica Grow to its weather team.

WTNH announced on Friday that Grow would be working the 6, 10, and 11 p.m. weekend evening newscasts alongside anchors Sara Welch and Don Lark.

“Erica is an experienced, respected and dynamic meteorologist and we’re excited to have her join Storm Team 8,” said John Bell, WTNH’s managing editor. In a possible allusion to Fox’s joining WTIC, Bell emphasized that, with the addition of Grow, the station has “the most talented collection of weather professionals in Connecticut broadcasting.”

Grow previously worked as a weekend meteorologist for Philadelphia’s WPVI. She left the ABC-affiliate at end of 2009 as her contract expired. Read more

Popular Meteorologist Geoff Fox Says WTIC Created Position for Him ‘Out of Thin Air’

Meteorologist Geoff Fox, who announced this morning via Twitter that he was joining WTIC, is now offering some details on his new job.

Fox’s first day with the Fox-affiliate is set for Monday in a position that, as he puts it, WTIC created “out of thin air.”

The veteran meteorologist will deliver technology and science reports for the station’s 4 p.m. newscast, working alongside Rachel Frank, who will continue to do the forecast at 4 and 10. He will then handle weather coverage for the 11 p.m. newscast.

It makes sense that WTIC would create a special position for Fox considering the outpouring of viewer support he received when it was leaked that ABC-affiliate WTNH was dumping him after 26 years. In announcing Fox’s hiring, WTIC emphasized the “social media firestorm” that occurred when WTNH showed him the door. Read more

Veteran Meteorologist Geoff Fox Joins Old Rival WTIC

After a 26-year run with Hartford-New Haven ABC-affiliate WTNH that recently ended in an abrupt dismissal, veteran meteorologist Geoff Fox has landed at rival station WTIC, a Fox-affiliate.

This morning Fox tweeted: “It’s official: Fox on FoxCT! Very excited. Will write more later.”

Earlier this week, Fox stoked speculation about the move when he was spotted meeting with WTIC staff on Tuesday. “I guess it’s tough to walk through a newsroom without making a little news!” he said at the time.

Now Fox will be a regular presence in the WTIC newsroom as part of the station’s weather team.

Dismissed by WTNH, Popular Meteorologist Geoff Fox Visits with Rival Station

Geoff Fox to Fox?

That’s the question everyone is asking in the Hartford-New Haven market as the veteran meteorologist, who was unceremoniously dismissed earlier this year by WTNH after 26 years with the ABC-affiliate, was spotted making his third visit to Fox-affilate WTIC.

Fox confirmed the recent visit on his blog:

Back when I was gainfully employed I seldom visited other TV stations. Now it’s different. I drove up to Hartford to see some friends at the Courant and FoxCT. It’s a very impressive place!

I saw lots of old friends–all smiling… However, as of tonight I have nothing to report…

It’s a no-brainer that Fox would draw the attention of rival stations after being let go by WTNH. When news broke that the ABC-affiliate was showing Fox the door, local residents began “Save Geoff Fox” campaigns on Facebook and the meteorologist even received a commiserative phone call from Connecticut Senator Dick Blumenthal.

WTNH Hires Steve MacLaughlin After Dumping Popular Meteorologist Geoff Fox

WTNH, which has been dealing with a public outcry after it let go of popular meteorologist Geoff Fox in January, has added a new meteorologist to its weather team.

The New Haven ABC-affiliate has hired fresh-faced Steve MacLaughlin (right), who recently worked at New York’s WPIX.  Although MacLaughlin has not been directly positioned as Fox’s replacement, it’s hard not to assume as much.

WTNH decided not to renew Fox’s contract after 26 years of service.  The station originally told Fox that he could work until his contract was up at the end of February but then rescinded the offer after a “Keep Geoff Fox on Channel 8″ Facebook campaign caused a stir.

“Steve is known for developing and delivering a forecast that is clear, accurate and to the point,” said Mark Higgins, WTNH’s vice president and general manager. Read more

Viewer Support Leads to Quicker Exit for Veteran Meteorologist Geoff Fox

Geoff Fox, the veteran meteorologist who received an overwhelming amount of support online after word spread that his contract would not be renewed by New Haven’s WTNH, has been let go early.

Fox, who had been with the the ABC-affiliate for 26 years, learned earlier this month that the station was going to let his contract expire at the end of February.  At the time, he told TVSpy that he was happy that the station was giving him the opportunity to work through the end of his contract, and he planned to do so.

Fox announced via a blog post on Sunday, though, that Mark Higgins, WTNH’s general manager, informed him that he would no longer be allowed to serve out the rest of his contract “because all of this has become a distraction.”

“This” being the significant amount of support that the popular meteorologist has received from Connecticut viewers since being informed that his contract would not be renewed, including a “Keep Geoff Fox on Channel 8″ Facebook campaign that has been liked by nearly 10,000 people.

Earlier this month, Fox told TVSpy that the social media-fueled support that he’s experienced “is going to have to make all stations stop and think for a moment.”

It turns out, though, that the “Keep Geoff Fox on Channel 8″ Facebook campaign, and others like it, actually resulted in a quicker exit for Fox. Read more

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