Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tale of Two Cities

Steve Teeling: He skipped more than 30 markets to get to Albany.Listening to Fox 23 GM Jeff Whitson, you'd figure that scoring WPXI's Steve Teeling was a major coup. Maybe so, but Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen has another take on things:
Given the timing (around the same time of year that Teeling arrived) and his destination (Pittsburgh is market No. 22 nationally while Albany is market No. 56), it appears the station opted not to renew his contract.
So, let's see. Teeling leaves his gig as chief meteorologist at 5, 6, and 11 in a top 25 market to come to Albany. Not exactly what I'd call a promotion.

Meanwhile, the only remaining cast member of Fox 23's 1996 news launch, Noah Francis, gets the shaft. What's this all about? My guess is that Whitson saw some research that he didn't like and decided that the station was weak in the weather department. Forget about all the years of promotion and the equity they've built with Francis. Out the door with you.

"I think we have a real opportunity with someone like Steve Teeling," Whitson told the Gazette. Why not? They loved him in Pittsburgh.