Special thanks to Life’s Mosaic for pointing me to this story from the Houston Chronicle about our illustrious local network news staff:
FTER another disappointing third-place finish, coupled with disgruntled veterans grousing about being benched, a local team recently stole one high-priced free agent from its crosstown rival and is rumored to be courting another heavy hitter from Florida.
No … local TV news.
Earlier this month, Channel 2 lured veteran anchor Jerome Gray from Channel 11 — the first time a local station raided another station’s roster for a prominent anchor since Channel 2 grabbed Bill Balleza from Channel 11 a quarter-century ago.
Gray will join Channel 2 immediately in a behind-the-scenes role but must wait until August to appear on the air because of a noncompete clause in his Channel 11 contract.
The TV rumor mill also has Channel 2 interested in acquiring Wendy Corona, a popular anchor for a Miami station.
These changes come in the wake of Channel 2 demoting afternoon anchor Khambrel Marshall and 16-year veteran anchor Linda Lorelle to lesser time slots.
While the station is not showing its hand, Gray and Corona could be eventual replacements for Marshall and Lorelle.
While Channel 2 is clearly in a rebuilding mode, let’s look at, and imagine, what Houston’s mainstream stations could do to improve their newscasts in 2006.
If TV were only more like baseball …
The rest goes on about the strengths and weakenesses of each tv station.