“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.
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WDEA posted an apology on the contest page, “First, let’s start by saying that we love all of these beautiful ladies! Now, let us say something else. It seems we offended a few of you out there with our use of the word “Hottest” to describe these lovely and talented journalists. It was not our intent to offend, so we’ve changed it to “Favorite.” Sorry about that.”
The contest includes Carolyn Callahan, Jackie De Tore and Adrienne Di Piazza from WABI, Nicole Gerber and Lindsey Mills from Bangor ABC and FOX affiliate WVII-WFVX and Melissa Kim and Jackie Ward from Bangor and Portland NBC affiliates WLBZ and WCSH. Read more
“We are thrilled for him and very proud of the work he’s done in Maine to be moved up to the big leagues,” the station said in a statement.
Carson joined WCSH from WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 2010. His last day in Portland will be July 29, and he will begin at The Weather Channel in August.
“We are very excited to have someone of Mike’s caliber leading our news organization into the future,” Steve Carter, president and general manager of WCSH and WLBZ, told the Daily News. “Mike is familiar with the NEWS CENTER brand, and his credentials will only strengthen our broadcast and digital positions in the market.”
O’Brien’s departure comes days after the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate’s meteorologist, Joe Cupo, went on air to refute allegations he was a client of an alleged prostitution ring in Kennebunk, Maine.
The Press Herald said the station would not comment on why O’Brien left but did back the decision to put Cupo on air,
Steve Carter, the station’s president and general manager, would not comment Tuesday on O’Brien’s departure. He would not say why or when she left the position. “It’s a personnel matter, and it’s not something we comment on,” Carter said. He said he supported the decision to put Joe Cupo on the air to dispel rumors that he was a client of Alexis Wright of Wells.
O’Brien has been news director at WCSH since 2008.
Police have been releasing names of alleged clients in batches. An attorney involved in the case has claimed a TV personality is on the list; the rumors have focused on Cupo, who has worked at the Portland NBC affiliate since 1979.
Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis went from making minimum wage at a small market in Maine to become a force in financial news. In the second part of mediabistroTV‘s three-part interview with Francis, the veteran journalist talks about the sacrifices she made to get to where she is today (video above).
Glasier joined WCSH in 1977 as the sports anchor of the station’s first weekend newscast. In 1978, he became sports anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, a position he still holds today. His last day at the station will be April 21.
Lee Goldberg, who has been with WCSH since 1993, will take over as sports director.
Each interview lasted about nine minutes. Topics of discussion were mostly the same across all four interviews — jobs and the economic recovery — with a particular focus on the payroll tax cut. In his interview with WISH anchor Debby Knox, Obama challenged Congress “not to be a grinch.”
“The American people don’t want as a Christmas present their taxes going up by $1,000,” he said. “And that will be true for 160 million Americans if we don’t extend this payroll tax cut.”
Watch video of the interviews after the jump. Read more
The two stations had a previous partnership in the market from 2003-2008. “We believe there is a significant number of people seeking a serious, local news program they can trust,” WPXT general manager Doug Finck told B&C. “It’s great to be back in business with WCSH. They’ve been the dominant news leaders in Maine for decades.”
The newscast, which will launch in standard definition but convert to high definition shortly thereafter, will air from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays. It will be anchored by WSCH anchors Lee Nelson and Sharon Rose, with weather reports from meteorologist Kevin Mannix.
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