Monday, January 23, 2006

Faces, Old and Newborn

We didn't catch a lot of news this weekend (we were busy digging out from the 8-12 inches of snow Bill Randby warned us about), but a few bits and pieces did catch our attention...

• Channel 6 weekend morning anchor Andrea McMaster returned from maternity leave looking rested and sharing video of her daughter, who was born in October. While we've been critical of McMaster's work, the baby really did look adorable. And maybe we're imagining it, but McMaster seemed to avoid her usual stumbles and mispronunciations.

• WOWT's Saturday morning program featured one of the station's zillion "health" stories, this one featuring a new reporter named Maniko Barthelemy. Barthelemy's arrival doubles the number of black reporters working at the station, but her halting, robotic delivery and nasal monotone make us wonder why the Jonas-and-Clark braintrust doesn't just hire a couple of kids off the Westside High School cable access show. Many of them display considerably more talent than most of the Big Six's recent hires.

• Speaking of recent hires, KETV's weekend 10 p.m. newscasts featured a meteorologist we'd not seen before. His name is John Campbell.

• Finally, who's writing the copy at Channel 6? A Friday night story—one that, in true WOWT style, was repeated word-for-word on Saturday morning—informed viewers that a shooting victim was "rushed to the hospital but didn't make it." We can't be the only ones who wondered where the poor guy had fallen out along the way.

9 comments:

former tv person said...

John Campbell is YET ANOTHER former intern for KETV, granted he was a meteorology intern, but I'm guessing he graduated and KETV snapped him up for a meager wage to be their back-up meteorologist. Can't remember what school he went to, I think somewhere down south.

Andrew Wees said...

He was also on the earlier weekend newscasts.

King Vernon said...

yeah, that is too funny. Couldn't they have said, he died in route. The emt's killed him?

News Watcher Omaha said...

I heard John Campbell went to Alabama... not sure if they were correct...

rzdoodle said...

So is that a knock on 6 or a compliment to WHS?

Ted Brockman said...

rzdoodle:

both.

ted

rzdoodle said...

heh

unlstu said...

Speaking of Maniko Barthalemy...

Her report today on rising heating costs was a joy to watch. I'm a big fan of her showing up at a low-income housing complex looking like the Queen of the Nile in her fur coat and jeweled, diamond earrings.
However even more distracting, I was lost in her lack of enunciation and diction with the "didn't report anything new" delivery.
It's interesting that WOWT specifies their reporter positions as not being first-time talents...what did this girl have to offer?

ilovenews said...

Campbell has been working in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He graduated HS from Papio-LV.

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