Is Channel 4 meteorologist Amelia Segal the next to leave the morning program of the CBS affiliate?
According to sources, Segal was all set to leave late in December for a job in a much bigger market — Washington, D.C. — but wasn’t allowed out of her contract by News Director Joe Schlaerth.
Channel 4 insiders suggest that Segal’s contract expires in March, when she might leave anyway after three years at the station. That might depend on whether she gets another offer from a bigger market or if the one she had last month is still available.
Segal, who has been off this week, was unavailable for comment.
Schlaerth is increasingly unpopular inside the newsroom for decisions like this but you can understand somewhat why he didn’t want to lose Segal, who apparently didn’t have an out in her contract if she got a major market offer. And why would she? She is pretty young to get such a great offer.
Why would Schlaerth refuse to let her go and advance her career? She is the meteorologist on “Wake Up!,” which lost co-anchors Victoria Hong and Joe Arena to other jobs in the last six months and is now co-anchored by Diana Fairbanks and newcomer Jordan Williams.
The loss of Segal would have further emphasized the instability inside Channel 4 and “Wake Up!,” which is now well behind Channel 2’s “Daybreak” in the morning news race.
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Inquiring minds want to know: How did two new series, “The Following” on Fox and “The Carrie Diaries,” on the CW fare locally Monday. “The Following” had a healthy 6.2 rating on WUTV, but the rating for the gruesome, violent and scary pilot dropped significantly at the end of the hour. And that is never a good sign. “Carrie,” the prequel to “Sex and the City,” had a 1.2 rating on WNLO-TV, the local CW affiliate that doesn’t do very well here in prime time.
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