WCCO-TV refugee Paul Douglas penned the most gracious goodbye I’ve ever seen from an unceremoniously fired newsie. This is from Sunday’s Strib weather blurb:
Yes, stuff happens. The truth? I was making too much money at a time when local TV news isn’t nearly as profitable as it was even five years ago. I wouldn’t want to be a manager at a local TV station right now…”
The truth? Yes, that’s the truth. But the truth usually hurts enough in such situations that there is at least a bit of thunder on the old radar screen. The fact that Mr. Douglas recently made $45 million off of the sale of his weather-related technology business had to have made the silver lining a little more apparent. Still, this was one classy exit.
Along with many other big issues on the table for TV news organizations, here’s another one: Does every TV news stations really need trained meteorologists conveying National Weather Service reports? They don’t use economists to communicate the Fed’s forecasts, politicians to analyze the political news of the day or firefighters to explain the latest five alarmer.
Ten years from now, will weather men and women still be meteorologists? Maybe they they will merely be weather beat reporters, folks who know their beat as well as any other beat reporter, but are not trained scientific professionals. As long as we have great professionals and technology at the National Weather Service, will we really be worse off?
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