Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

April 10, 2007


Former Philadelphia news anchor and current New Jersey state senator Diane Allen supports NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah’s decision not to release her salary to the public, even though her husband Chaka Fattah is running for mayor of Philadelphia.


“Renee shouldn’t be penalized because her husband wants to run for public office,” Allen said in a phone conversation last week. 


“It is hard when somebody in the family is involved in politics.  The world knows everything about you and it can be uncomfortable,” said Allen, a ten-year veteran of the state senate.


When Allen ran for office she released her salary because “I felt it was the right thing to do.”  Even though she didn’t think it was fair, she also gave up her television appearances on CN8 (Did anybody even know she was on CN8?)


Estimates place Chenault-Fattah’s salary in the six-hundred thousand dollar a year range.  Sources estimate that Chenault-Fattah previously made more, but her new salary was reduced because she only anchors one show a day now instead of three.


Channel 29 Disabled List

With the continuous personnel changes on “Good Day Philadelphia” through the years, viewers were thrown when stalwart regulars Dorothy Krysiuk and Sue Serio were off the air last week.  Krysiuk has been suffering from a bad back and Sue underwent knee surgery.


NBC10 newsroom insiders are wondering if meteorologist Doug Kammerer could be the next personality to leave the station.  Sources say his contract is up sometime in 2007 and he might want to pursue a chief meteorologist position at another station following the lead of former weekend meteorologist Amy Freeze who departed for the Fox affiliate in Chicago last month.


Insiders say newsroom staffers are unhappy that NBC10, in a perceived cost-cutting move downsized the 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. shows to one anchor. 


In a move that would make Tony Soprano proud, Comcast strong-armed its viewers by moving HBO to the more expensive digital tier a month before the last nine episodes of “The Sopranos” began.


Television Field of 64

Our “Television Field of 64” championship match is set.  Here are the results from last week.

(1) Grey’s Anatomy over (10) The Daily Show
(1) The Office over (1) American Idol

Our championship game will be (1) Grey’s Anatomy vs. (1) The Office

Please email your results to


Philadelphia’s Kate Flannery of “The Office” will appear at the annual NBC10 “Fit Fest” this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.   Lanie Kazan (“Beaches!”) and Philly’s own Bianca Ryan, the winner of “America’s Got Talent” will appear.


There will be a “Big Brother” casting call at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philadelphia Wednesday from noon – 3 p.m.  Participants must be at least 21-years-old. 
Maureen McCormick of "Brady Bunch" fame has been doing the celebrity revelation circuit to promote her participation in the new "Celebrity Fit Club" on VH1 beginning Sunday.
McCormick, who played "perfect" Marcia Brady made public her past problems with cocaine and bulimia.