Channel 9 News on Delkus, Anchors and Ohio Lottery
Some Channel 9 news this morning:
--The two new anchor/reporters to replace David Rose (mornings and 5:30 p.m. news) will be hired soon after Labor Day. They're expected to be on the air by the end of September, near the start of the fall TV season, says Bill Fee, general manager.
--"Cash Explosion" and the nightly Ohio Lottery numbers will move from Ch. 9 to Ch. 5 in October. Fee says he couldn't reach a deal with the Ohio Lottery on compensation for the air time. Ch. 9 has been the local lottery affiliate for most of the last 20 years, except for 1999-01, when it aired on Ch. 5. The lottery requires two minutes at 7:28 p.m., which is very valuable real estate for TV stations. "We just couldn't reach an agreement for what that time was worth," Fee says.
--Fee denies that former weatherman Pete Delkus was offered a "lifetime contract" to stay at Ch. 9. Delkus told a Dallas website that Ch 9 offered him a lifetime deal when he left two years ago for Dallas. "That was Pete's ego talking," Fee says. Delkus was offered a "long-term contract similar to the 10-year deals we have with Clyde and Carol," Fee says.
See the Delkus interview in my Aug. 16 blog: