Monday, February 28, 2005

Persaud Leaving WOWT

WOWT will announce Pat Persaud's exit tonight during its 10 p.m. newscast. According to sources, Tracy Madden will move up when Persaud leaves the station on May 25th.

In a memo sent to WOWT staff this afternoon, News Director John Clark says that it is "with mixed emotions" that he announces Persaud's "retirement." The memo goes on to say that Persaud is leaving to devote her full-time energies to being a wife and mother.

Wethinks Clark doth protest too much, however, when, near the end of the memo, he adds, "I want everyone to know this is totally Pat's decision. We had discussions about her continuing to work here in a variety of different roles. But suffice to say Pat is totally dedicated to her new role."

Yeah, that sounds much more diplomatic than, "Look, I'm totally not bullshitting you. It has nothing to do with her half-assed work on the air."

As you can imagine, we'll have more to say on this in the days and weeks to come.


hockey_fan said...

"Leaving to devote her energies to being a full-time wife and mother"??

Yeah, right. Merely a euphemism for "contract not renewed", or better yet "exploring other career opportunities".

Anonymous said...

Pat this a good or bad thing? They are also losing their main director so watch their newscasts start falling. Hey maybe Trav and KM3 can overtake the mighty 6

Anonymous said...

See ya Pat, don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya! Good riddance to a hack of a newscaster. Looks like channel 6 can get rid of the milk crate they've been having her stand on for years.

Anonymous said...

Channel 6 is really in a downward spiral. If you have paid attention to their job openings in the past year on their website they have had more turn-over than the neighborhood Burger King. Reporters,anchors, engineers, traffic, and sales.The ship is sinking and the employees realize it and are getting out.

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is the 3 month wait before she goes. Ok, it isn't like she's a clerk at K-mart giving 2 weeks, and she has been around for 19 years so some sort of modest farewell would be appropriate. But she isn't Dan Rather or Tom Brokaw either. I can hardly wait to watch the big 6 News Team 'celebrate' her career for 3 agonizing months. "And this is the day you first had to say intestinal flu was going around South Omaha." And what is the webmaster at 6 thinking with the graphics promoting her retirement? I think this says a lot about what is really going on. They're promoting that she's leaving... like that's a good thing.

Wow, good luck Pat!

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