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New Orleans Stations Focus on Super Bowl Blackout

Instead of reporting on the positive aspects of their city hosting the worldwide spectacle that is the Super Bowl, New Orleans stations focused on last night’s partial power outage early in the third quarter of the game.

The outage delayed play for more than 35 minutes and even managed to silence the CBS play-by-play team of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz for a short time.

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WWL, the New Orleans CBS affiliate had the most extensive coverage of the four network affiliates. After a quick recap of the evening’s events, Karen Swensen and Dennis Woltering tossed from the studio to live team coverage fronted by Katie Moore standing outside the Superdome. Read more

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Former WGNO Anchor Jessica Holly Back on the Air in New Orleans

Jessica Holly, a former WGNO anchor who was cut loose from the New Orleans ABC-affiliate last year, has resurfaced at rival WVUE.

“She is working as a freelancer,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy via email.

Holly was one of seven people let go from WGNO during a round of layoffs in December.

Holly debuted on Fox-affiliate WVUE on Monday. She has been reporting on the evening newscasts this week.

Shifting Focus To Nontraditional Newscasts, WGNO Announces Layoffs

As part of a push to rebrand and revitalize newscasts struggling in the ratings, New Orleans ABC-affiliate WGNO has let go four on-air staffers and four station photographers.

Evening anchor Jessica Holly (pictured), reporters Christian Jennings and Glenn Boyd, and sports anchor Kristina Pink have all been cut loose at WGNO, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Four photographers have also been let go.

The station says it plans to expand the “News with a Twist” programming, which debuted earlier this year in the 6 p.m. timeslot, into the 5 p.m. hour. “News with a Twist,” which news director Rick Erbach calls “a great alternative if you’re tired of traditional news,” will also air in place of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on Saturday.

WGNO general manager John Cruse said the layoffs, which were announced in a staff meeting last Thursday, were because the “News with a Twist” model requires fewer staffers than a typical newscast. Read more