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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Juliette Vara says goodbye

For you Juliette Vara fans, here's my email from the Channel 5 reporter before she leaves the station on Friday:
"John: I have accepted a job as a full time reporter in San Diego. I will be working for KGTV, the ABC affiliate. I went to San Diego in March for a 4-day mini-vacation and loved it! Two weeks later a job popped up on I sent my resume tape and I got a call back from the news director, Mike Stutz. I start the week of July 10th.
"I’m looking forward to moving to the West Coast. I’m originally from Florida so I welcome the warm weather, the sun, and the beach. It’s going to a be a wild and new experience for me, but I’m thrilled to embrace it. Leaving Cincinnati and WLWT to start over again isn’t easy. I’ve invested 2-1/2 years in this community and nearly five years with Hearst-Argyle. I’ve bonded with co-workers, made great friends and loyal contacts. I’ll miss going to football games and Reds games, but I’ll get my fix now at a Padres or Chargers game.
"I’ve learned a great deal about the news business while working at WLWT. I thank my news director, Brennan Donnellan, for scooping me out of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and taking a chance on me. It’s been a challenging, yet worthwhile experience that I hope has shaped me into a well rounded reporter.
"I hope exciting opportunities come my way in San Diego. I’m looking forward to my new life! Thanks again for your interest.” --Juliette

Old is new on the web
More and more TV coming to the web:
--AOL and Warner Brothers have launched two more broadband channels with free TV programs at
The "Gone But Not Forgotten" channel has episodes (including some never aired, due to quick cancellations) of “The Michael Richards Show,” “The George Carlin Show,” Wanda Sykes’ “Wanda at Large,” John Goodman’s “Center of the Universe,” Anthony Anderson’s “All About the Andersons” and “The Ben Stiller Show.”
The "Get Real" channel has “The Will,” “ElimiDate,” “Moral Court” and old Judge Wapner’s “The People Court.”
While at in2TV check out the channels filled with tons of old TV from the Warner Bros. vault: “Lois & Clark. “ “Babylon 5,” “Head of the Class,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Maverick,” “Eight is Enough,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Sisters,” “Growing Pains,” “F Troop,” “Wonder Woman” and “Welcome Back Kotter.”
--CBS has just loaded episodes on iTunes from the recently completed TV season of “Survivor,” “NCIS,” “Numb3rs” and all three “CSI” shows (for $1.99 each).

Nick news
Today is the last day to help select songs for Nick Lachey’s Oxygen concert, and to submit questions he might answer during the telecast. The “Nick Lachey Custom Concert Featuring Natasha Bedingfield” will be taped Friday in New York City. It airs 11 p.m. July 16 on Oxygen.


at 6/09/2006 1:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

man thats a huge pickup for kgtv. Is vara going to be an anchor or lead reporter.

at 6/10/2006 12:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another huge endorsement for Juliette Vara. Why is everyone so stuck on her? All these posts indicate 5's ratings are really bad so she must not have been that big of an attraction. That's bad phrasing, because I've never noticed anything wrong with her, but everyone here gushes over her. What's the big deal???

at 6/10/2006 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's just that juliette was a great reporter, and channel 5 needs as much help as it can get. and it's not necessarily the reporter's fault that the ratings are bad...

at 6/10/2006 2:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it's not necessarily the reporter's fault that the ratings are bad..."
yep its the newsdirector's fault. Ever since brandon donnelon arrived at 5 the ratings have always been low. The reason all the gimmicks. What happend to hopkins taking action reports. Yes I agree that she should be lead reporter and not given a stupid gimmick.

at 6/10/2006 2:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well also the taking action gimmick only lasted for a few months. I say if your going to have the taking action gimmick use it only once a week. Like what 12 does with the wheel of justice.

at 6/10/2006 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

please, please Juliette. Stop writing about yourself. Log off your computer and go. enough already. Way to put a positive spin on being fired. good luck!

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