A High State of Pissivity: Chapter 2

Before I get into this, I don’t want you to think I’m picking on the folks down on the river. It just happens to be where the action is right now.
Apparently the feeling of discontent I mentioned in an earlier post is greater than I was first led to believe down on the river. For those just tuning in,the announcement came earlier this week that Claudia Barr would move onto the evening anchor desk to fill the seat vacated by Pam McKelvy. Word on the street says morale has dropped like the proverbial rock among some in the newsroom. I’m hearing that the feeling by some is that things are starting to look a little recycled and some consider such a move to be telling them that “the people we have on staff aren’t good enough for the job at hand”. On the other hand, some in the business who are not on the river say the effort to bring Claudia in is a smart move since she still has a recognizable name and face in the river city. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: The departure of Jerry Tate AND PMack from the anchor desk at almost the same time would be a tough situation for any manager. I know I’d sure hate to be the one trying to put the best spin on this effort as they sell it to the troops. Just remember Nietzsche said, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”. It will be interesting to see who is still standing when all this shakes out. Stay tuned.
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6 Comments on “A High State of Pissivity: Chapter 2”

  1. Doug Johnson Says:

    I used to think that the TV business was strangest in Memphis… and now, when I read your & Phillips’ blogs, I’m sure of it. I wonder what the folks on the 2nd floor at the big 3 think about. They didn’t shed a tear when I left… They did shed a tear when I recruited Steve Hayslip to Nashville… They let you go… And now they have to hire people other stations didn’t want to keep.
    CNN’s a weird place to work — but it’s not nearly as weird as NC3.

  2. bishop Says:

    Claudia will bring a new flavor to the station. I am excited to see her come back. She has a recognizable name and personality. I will tune in Monday! This should be interesting

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Ch 3’s management is definitely sending a not so subtle message to the rest of us in the newsroom: we’ll hire an outsider before we promote any of you!
    CB’s hiring does create “buzz” right before sweeps, but what’s her deal?
    Does management want her to be a real journalist, or just trade on her “Q” factor?
    This a working newsroom,in a tight ratings fight with 5. We’ll welcome Barr if she’s willing to work alongside of us, and not just be a “hired gun”!

  4. Candy Says:

    Maybe the station management is just trying to tide things over til the new news director arrives so he can play a role in picking the permanent anchor. If they moved one of their other anchors right before sweeps, wouldn’t that sacrifice one newscast’s ratings for the late news? The Barr appointment would at least keep things competitive in the other time slots and possibly prevent a ratings slide in the late newscast. With her name recognition–and the buzz about her coming–it might even boost ratings at that time.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    How come they have never considered Ethel Sengstacke for a talking head slot down at 3 or for that matter News Director? Smart, in the know, and connected with a lot of movers and shakers in Memphis. Got along with everybody down there.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    knowing ethel, i doubt she’d want it.


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