Counting the WTVJ on-air talent only, NBC6 gives a paycheck to about 30 anchors/reporters. Miami is not a TV market that’s hiring. So, when NBC6 news closes its doors, where will the employees go?
In a recent station meeting, NBC6 GM informed the anchors that they can all look for other jobs within NBC, without violating their contracts. Here is what some of the on-air talent at WTVJ is planning to do. Tony Segreto is considering retirement. Inside sources tell me that Bob Mayer has asked for early retirement, although no one knows what answer he got. It seems certain that both Tony and Bob’s last on-air talent job will be at WTVJ. Paul Deanno is looking for a new job, but like Joel Connible, is under brand-new contract. If Post Newsweek doesn’t want them, they will get a fat check in the mail for two years of anchor work, so I doubt they’re really loosing sleep over what happens. Long time WTVJer, Kelly Craig, is considering going into radio, depending on what happens with this. She has been filling in on some morning radio show.
Everyone is just waiting to hear what Post Newsweek plans to do, and that uncertainty has everyone at WTVJ on edge. When this is all over, I don’t think people will go to other stations in town, since no one is hiring. There are a lot of reporters at NBC6 that just don’t have the experience and I don’t think other stations would want to hire them… i.e. Gray Hall, Tisha Lewis, Ian Wood. This is already been dragged out. I say, shame on Post-Newsweek! At least tell the employees of WTVJ that you plan to fire them! Most have families, kids, and need to start to make plans. The earlier, the better! There is really no need for you to keep everyone wondering, and causing this panic.