Friday, April 01, 2005

OMA News Bulletin: Big Shakeup in the Works

Just when we were thinking it'd be safe to get back in the water, we are getting reports that Pat Persaud will be joining the KPTM staff as lead anchor this fall. (This would explain her two-week absence from the air, wouldn't it?) Word is that there are other "big moves" associated with Pat's jump to 42. More info as we get it...

UPDATE: (11:11 a.m.) Negotiations over non-compete clause in Pat's contract are preventing 42 from announcing her as anchor. We're told that another big name in Omaha news (perhaps from Channel 7) is lined up to join her as co-anchor. Working on getting that name. More coming...

1:10 p.m. Conflicting information now suggests that Pat's new KPTM co-anchor could be a former Channel 6-er. (Thom Knight, maybe?) Still working on it...

2:03 p.m. Okay, the latest is that Thom Knight has, indeed, been signed, but for weather (which he apparently did before coming to Omaha). And from what we understand, there is interest at 42 in bringing Travis Justice back to his old stomping grounds to be Pat's co-anchor, but that is all in the very preliminary stages.

2:25 p.m. Holy crap! This is gettin' good. In addition to the aforementioned changes, KMTV's Kayla Thomas will be making a break for Channel 42 this fall to head up the station's new investigative unit. (Sorry for the earlier name mixup. With all the info coming in, it's getting hard to keep names and stations straight.)

2:51 p.m. We think we've nailed down all the personnel changes for the moment. Other details: Apparently, KPTM is planning to put several hundred thousand dollars into a brand-new state-of-the-art studio, to be unveiled when Pat and her yet-to-be-named co-anchor debut in September (perhaps a throne will be part of the deal?).

We're thinking the hiring of this team, combined with the spending on the new set, could be the greatest waste of money in Omaha TV history, except, of course, for Channel 3's hiring of Michael Scott back in the late '90s. What a weird lineup it'll be, especially if Travis becomes part of the mix. Stay tuned.

3:10 p.m. We thought we were done, but now this: KPTM will have Omaha's first-ever all-female anchor team. KETV weekend anchor Suzanne Deyo has been tapped to join Pat at the desk. Current 42 sports chief J.J. Davis will remain. Adding Deyo completes an unprecedented raid by the Fox affiliate of other stations' talent.

Aw, what the hell: several of you (Bandit being the first) have figured out that this is our little April Fool's joke, so we'll stop here. For those of you who caught on early and have been calming your co-workers, we hope you are rewarded for your cool-headed common sense. Have a nice weekend and try not to have nightmares about what this lineup would've looked like in real life.

—TB

8 comments:

bandit75 said...

KPTM does a news broadcast? The same network who brings us cinematic classics on Sundays like, "Over the Top" or "The Jerk 2"? Maybe the other name is Thom Knight. Better yet, maybe Flowers is moving. I don't think my liver can take another night of the Flowers drinking game!

Luke said...

Isn't this part of the criteria for the Apocolypse?

RogerJohnson said...

At first I thought this was a far fetched idea but I started thinking that KPTM made her and offer worth ALOT of money and all Pat will have to do is show up around 8-8:30pm read the news for an hour and go home. This of course will still give her plenty of time to spend with her children! So this move will not shock me as much as I thought it would.

bandit75 said...

Wow, does anyone else smell what FOX42 is cooking? Yep, a crap sandwhich served with a side of hack. Bringing Travis back, if Thom and Pat are confirmed, would made it a trifecta of lameness. I can hear WOWT ratings increasing now....

bandit75 said...

Please, please tell me that this is just an April Fools joke. Hook, line, sinker.

Will said...

Wow! Big news!!

Hey...wait a minute...

April 1?

Good one.

bandit75 said...

Thanks for the laugh TB! Let's roll with this theme though. How about, "creative names for the new crew lineup". I'll start. Six has "Live, local, latebreaking", 42 would have, "Technicolor, Lame, Is Anyone Watching?" or "Fox42 News, with Shorty, Fatty, and Thom Knight as the Denim King"

Lindsay said...

i left omaha a while ago but love your site...

and i believed every word of this blasted joke. nice job.

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