Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
July 17, 2007


Industry sources are saying that Fox29 weekend news anchor Tom Burlington, who was suspended three weeks ago for allegedly offending co-workers in a production meeting with his use of a racial slur, will not return to the air. 


They believe Burlington will be suspended with pay until his contract expires at the end of the year.

A Fox spokesperson confirmed that Burlington continued to be suspended, but would not comment any further about if/when he was returning. 


Burlington, who is still on the web site, did not return a message left on his voice mail at the station.


NBC10 part time reporter Alix Hayes has another nice side job – movie and television actress.  Hayes will play a news anchor on an upcoming episode of the FX series “Rescue Me” in August. 


She also played a reporter in a couple of movies set for release – “Order of Redemption” with Tom Berenger and Busta Rhymes and “My Father’s Will” with Ione Skye (“Say Anything”) and Ron Silver.


Hayes, who filmed her “Rescue Me” stint in Harlem, New York a couple of weeks ago, said she did not get to meet star Denis Leary, but met his stunt double.


That’s show biz!


Film at 11?

In a few other markets, Fox has launched 11 p.m. newscasts.  Could Fox29 follow suit?  According to a station spokesperson, an additional newscast is not in the works for this year.


The Grand (Winnie the) Pooh Bah

Metro Networks news director Paul Perrello is teaching a course about Disney animated films at LaSalle University this summer.


Chris Tucker of “Rush Hour 3” visits “Your Morning” on CN8 today (Tuesday).  The show airs from 7 a.m.– 10 a.m.


This year’s Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations will be announced August 1.


Though it hasn’t been officially announced, with “The Today Show” expanding to four hours this fall, the NBC10 fall lineup will probably be “The Today Show” from 7 a.m. –11 a.m., “10” from 11 a.m. – noon, “iVillage Live” from 12 pm.– 1 p.m., “Days of Our Lives” (Hurray for the return of the DiMeras) from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., “Martha” from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and “Ellen” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.


It’s another week of “The World Series of Pop Culture” on VH1 at 9 p.m.  Players also have a chance to win $2500 in a nightly online game at at 10 p.m.


Temple University’s radio station, WRTI  90.1-FM, is holding a reunion for students who worked for the station on Saturday, October 6.  For more details, go to


QVC hosts Jane Treacy and Pat James DeMentri were spotted on “Hey Paula” on Bravo when Paula Abdul sold her jewelry on the home shopping channel last winter.