Friday, January 8, 2010

THIS JUST IN: Green Headed Out The WLWT Door

We just received late breaking word that Eric Green is leaving WLWT-TV 5 and heading west.

Green becomes the new morning meteorologist for KOAT-TV 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A source which asked not to be identified tells us his last day will be January 13th (as in, Wednesday). We're not sure when Green will be allowed to work for KOAT.

Ah, but KOAT is a Hearst station...just like WLWT. So there may not be a non-compete involved here, with Green moving within the Hearst group.

Now, another piece that's falling into place still is Valerie Abati's place on the Power of 5 team. We're not sure if an official announcement has been made on that end of things yet. But we've heard a move is in the works for her. Again, we've not 100 percent confirmed it - so we won't post anything definite.

One thing that IS definite - WLWT's new chief meteorologist, Kevin Robinson, starts with WLWT on...Monday. Yes, THIS Monday. So, we're assuming he'll have some say on whether or not they'll replace Green and with who, or even re-hire John Bateman.

TSMW wishes Green the best of luck as he moves west...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Kevin Robinson? It's 5:00 PM on Monday and Valerie is on. I'm confused...

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Anon 5:03:

That confused me too. But his official start date is today. I believe he's being trained for the next few days - so don't expect him to be on air right away.

Anonymous said...

Okay, thanks! :)

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Indeed, my explanation is correct. We're hearing Robinson will start by the end of the week at 5, 6 and 11, and Valerie is moving to weekends.

DyNama said...

will Valerie consider that a demotion? she's probably my favorite cincy weather person. (Steve Horstmeyer is another favorite but i don't watch 10 o'clock news very often.)

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

DyNama - we don't know about Abati - but we certainly would. Nonetheless, once WLWT hired Robinson, it had to be done...

JB said...

No Valerie, no watchie. I think she's hot and that's why I watch. A black guy with blue eyes(!) doesn't do much for me. I'm sure he's a fine weatherma.. er, Chief Meteorologist but that's not the reason I watch. I mean I can stand in front of a chroma key and do the weather (what happens out west will happen here in a couple of days), I just wouldn't want to watch me do it.