Bucks County Courier Times
February 21, 2006
Many viewers of Fox29’s special about the 20th anniversary of its “Ten O’clock News” that aired Friday night probably wondered why original “Ten O’clock News” reporter and anchor Jill Chernekoff (reporter 1986 – 1998, anchor 1998 - 2001) wasn’t interviewed along with fellow original news members Lee McCarthy and Howard Eskin.
reached by email, Chernekoff, who runs her own communications company, www.chernekoffcommunications.com,
wrote, “I was asked last minute to
come in for an interview but was already committed to my clients at two global
do believe that along with Lee, Roger LaMay (the first news director of “The
Ten O’clock News”) and I would have added a lot to the “20th
Anniversary “story. Roger built the news and the original team that
made it succeed.”
news anchor Lee McCarthy is a professor at Villanova University.
Original sports anchor Howard Eskin works at WIP 610-AM. The special
didn’t tell us the whereabouts of original weather anchor Marie Michelini.
Medical reporter Dr. Brian McDonough and reporter Gerald Kolpan, who
weren’t part of the first broadcast of February 17, 1986, but joined the
station soon after continue to work for Fox.
the station was celebrating the anniversary of its evening show, it was making
changes to its morning show, “Good Day Philadelphia.”
Beginning this week, Kerri Lee Halkett moves from co-host of the 7-9
a.m. show to news anchor of the 5- 7 a.m. show.
“Good Day” reporter Sheinelle Jones becomes a co-host of the show,
joining George Mallet and Jennaphr Frederick in the studio.
Also, Sharon Crowley will move from mornings to evenings to take over
the reporting role vacated by Tom Burlington, who moves to weekend co-anchor
to replace Christian Farr, who moved to Chicago.
at the network level, television executive, Frank Traynor, of Bloomberg News
says if he was running CBS, he’d hire Philadelphia’s Alycia Lane over
NBC’s Katie Couric for the anchor position vacated by Dan Rather at the
“CBS Evening News.”
He said, “Lets start with America's so-called sweetheart (Couric). First off, she ain’t no sweetheart! I saw her up close and personal as a local TV reporter at WRC-4 in Washington, D.C. She was high maintenance then. I can only imagine what she may be like now. Why pay Katie a fortune so she gets richer and still nobody watches CBS. That’s just dumb math.
I would anoint CBS3's Alycia Lane as the sole anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” She is the most watchable woman to set foot in a Philly TV station since Jessica Savitch, and has more on the ball than even Jessica did here or at the network.