Connable has been out of the TV news business since 2009 when WTVJ dismissed him for allegedly violating company policy on free gifts. He and two WTVJ employees were to go on assignment to a hotel whose public relations manager offered to refund room charges. Connable is said to have declined the offer and then showed the email correspondence to WTVJ management who dismissed him and one of the two employees was laid off. Joel Connable filed a lawsuit against WTVJ and NBC shortly after his dismissal. That lawsuit is still ongoing three years later and NBC has made attempts to settle it. At the time, WTVJ was in the middle of heavy layoffs and insiders and outsiders speculate that the incident was used as an excuse to fire a high-salaried employee.
Joel Connable went on to start his own company, Travel TV News, showcasing vacationing hotspots in paid segments during local news commercial breaks. He will continue to be actively involved with Travel TV News.
Jeff Burnside and Joel Connable aren’t the only former WTVJers to join KOMO. Former WTVJ chief meteorologist Paul Deanno left for KOMO in 2008 as WTVJ was about to be acquired by WPLG parent company Post-Newsweek Stations. He’s now the chief meteorologist at KPIX in San Francisco.