Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Major life change: No longer a news anchor

My work life is about to take a big swerve. After five years anchoring the afternoon news, they're canceling the afternoon news.

Yup, after about 5,000 newscasts, management is making some programming changes, and my show is one that's being retooled. Well, removed. The station's going in a 'talk' direction rather than an 'all-news' direction. (In radio-industry jargon, they're going for TSL vs. Cume due to market-size conditions.)

As a result, I'm being reassigned to be the senior daytime reporter.

Now, reporting is something I've done before. I did it for years in Toronto, and those who know me keep telling me how great I was at it. But, I'll admit I'm intimidated by the prospect. I've become used to set hours, working indoors, editorial autonomy and the routine of building and delivering the news.

It's both an opportunity and a perceived crisis for me -- I think there's a word for it in Japanese. Crisitunity?

In any case, I'm going to take it as a chance to excel at something in a new environment. I have a lot to offer, and will do my best to help build the audience in a new way. The shorter newscasts to be embedded in the talk shows can be more dynamic. There'll be opportunity to expand on stories in the talk shows. And, it will be a real adventure to get out and about in the city and deliver the goods in my own style.

So, yeah, I'm losing my show. That sucks. Sucks a lot. I moved here to be a news anchor, and now I'm not a news anchor. But I'm still employed, and that's saying a lot in this business. I'm going to make the best of it.

3 comments:

  1. my goodness, you were right, verrry interesting times! congratulations on your new role, the Scott that's approaching this deal is a far different, wiser and mature Scott that was reporting here in TO. May you avoid the vomit-inducing nervousness and jump straight to enjoying the challenge of seeing an old job through new eyes.

    give 'em hell, buggy!

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  2. I'll miss you on my drive home.
    Shame on Rogers for the changes...

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  3. Thanks for all the kind words! It's great to feel so supported!

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