Thursday, August 13, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Townsend Out at 12!

UPDATE #3 5:20 PM: Townsend sent a message to Kiese, which states:

"I have enjoyed my time here in Cincinnati. I will miss my co-workers and all the dedicated 'GMC' viewers. We've had some good times over the past four years."

Channel 12 news director Elbert Tucker won't comment on the situation, says Kiese. But, we know what will happen starting Monday.

Liz Bonis, who was hired in 2002 to be a health reporter for Channel 12 and host the morning show on then-"Mix 94.1" WVMX-FM/Cincinnati, will do double duty, doing the GMC newscast, then reporting on health stories for later newscasts.

UPDATE #2: When Kiese wrote the original post on his blog, he mentioned that Jessica Donnellon was still listed on the "Meet the Good Morning Cincinnati Team" page. Not anymore...now the page only lists John Lomax and Bob Herzog.

We'll try and nail it down...this could be a budget move after all.

UPDATE #1: We're hearing Townsend had been scheduled to take vacation all next week. (Part of the furlough deal announced earlier this summer, maybe?) We're not sure what happened between 8 AM and 1 PM, but it had to be significant.

Original post below...

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This is literally just breaking right now...

Anna Townsend, who has been with WKRC-TV 12 since 2005, is out, reports John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

We're trying, just like Kiese, to find out what is going on...this was a sudden move. Townsend had just been on "Good Morning Cincinnati" this morning...but we're hearing that by 1 PM her bio was off the station website. We certainly don't see it anywhere on there.

It's not clear if this is a budget cut by WKRC owner Newport Television, or if it was Townsend's decision.

More, as we know it...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What idiot would fire Anna? The show has remained number one and she was great fun and a real woman working in news.. Such a shame.. The news director is just an idiot and I hope the ratings go down and he gets fired..

justmyopinion said...

I personally am glad she's gone. Never did like her. I thought "she" thought "she was all that and a bag of chips'. She always seemed forced, fake and phoney, always butting in and never letting anyone finish a sentenced. John always seemed like he was only tolerting her like an indulgent uncle. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad she's gone. I can't understand what took them so long to can her. She didn't fit in at all. She wasn't the brightest bulb in the package either. She's the reason my family and my co-workers stopped watching Channel 12's morning news. We absolutely love John Lomax & Bob Herzog. We wish Cammie was still there; it's definitely not the same without her. The John & Cammie team was a perfect fit. And now with Bob Herzog, it would have been great! Although Steve Horstmeyer was a total geek, the John, Cammie & Steve team worked. Didn't like John Gumm at first, but he's starting to grow on us - Bob brings out his best. ; ) We like Liz Bonis, but I can't see her staying in that position. Anyway, we're glad Anna is gone! Yea!

Patty said...

At first I didn't like Townsend I thought she mubbled. After the breaking in point she was ok. They need another whitty woman like Cammy. Liz Boniz ughhhhhh! Please don't put her on there.

Anonymous said...

Miss Anna Townsend....
Liz Bonnis....another blonde ! Is that a requirement?

Fred said...

Bring her back!