Friday, October 20, 2006

Paola pulled from 11 p.m. at WNEP

WNEP anchorwoman Paola Giangacomo has been yanked from the station's 11 p.m. newscasts over an apparent contract dispute. Tipsters report Giangacomo wanted more money, since she co-anchored the show, but that didn't happen. Either management yanked her off the newscast, or she said, "no more cash, no more 11."

Giangacomo was tapped to co-anchor WNEP's 11 p.m. newscast back in March, when she replaced Marisa Burke, who left the show to focus on producing and co-anchoring WNEP's 6 p.m. show.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, she was on tonight at 11. I wish she would buy a razor. Way too much jungle for me.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, she was on tonight at 11
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Thats because Mr. Mike called in sick ;-)

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paola has anchored solo at 11 a few times this month. If Mike Lewis is there, she's nowhere to be seen.

She was anchoring two hours of news. That's more than anyone in the evening. Why not more cash? Most of the women anchors are stronger than the men. Mike Lewis does better with Marisa or Paola next to him.

If she's off the 11 because of money, it's WNEP's loss.

WNEP is already searching for a Kim Supon replacement. There's also an ad for assignment editor. Maybe things are shaking out in advance of a sale.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much money does she want to read from a teleprompter? I can't stand it that people admire TV talking heads when that's the only thing that they are.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure Dennis Fisher probably promised her something and never came through, as is always the case with Dennis. Who knows, maybe Dennis plans on bringing some more of "his people".

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand it that people admire TV talking heads when that's the only thing that they are.

It's pretty clear it upsets you. Envious?

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 5:36 anon. Just how much money does a news reader need anyway? Even a copy editor at the local rag is truly deserving of more bucks in the paycheck. Why? Because they actually work and actually put in a full shift.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good contract(like one constructed by an agent)would define with precision just how much "news" the individual has to do. Generally, it would be structured in hour segments; for example, a contract would require one hour, two hours worth of news. If Paola had two hours in her contract, she'd pretty much have to do four shows. If she had one hour, two shows. Any change in that would automatically force the reopening of the contract and re-negotiation of compensation. Does the NYT handle these type of contracts? I'd guess with near certainty that some WNEP talent benefits from them, but many do not.

Nexstar will not deal with agents - therefore no one has this language in their contract. Pre-Nexstar, however, several WBRE anchors did have this language, and there was nothing vague about it, it was ironclad.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She covered a story at a Lenten Service at a church in Susquehanna County and couldn't have appeared more bored. Good riddance. Too high maintance.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contract I've seen at WNEP is standard issue by the New York Times Company. No individual anything and compensation wasn't tied to a specific workload or number of newscasts. Salaried employees, with or without a contract, routinely worked 45 to 50 hours a week.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is par for the course on this station.You have to really know someone to get a job on this station. Look at the mediocre anchors and reporters they put on air.How about Paul Grippi!!!! He can really butcher the English language especially when he is on live!!!!!! He can really give sports a bad name...

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I can't stand it that people admire TV talking heads when that's the only thing that they are".

Just because a person reads a teleprompter for a living doesn't make him or her a dummy. I'm sure Paola, as well as others, are viable, intelligent people, and do not deserve being defined only by their choice of profession.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, ISN'T IT A PITY WHEN SOMEONE LIKE PAOLA G ( ALLEGEDLY THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE FACE IN LOCAL NEWS) IS PULLED FROM A NEWSCAST OVER MONEY. MAYBR THE NEW YORK TIMES COMRADES AND MANAGEMENT AT THE BIG 16 IS FEELING THE PRESSURE OF SHOWING BIGGER PROFITS TO SELL. tHEY HAVE CURRENTLY POSTED AN OPENING FOR A POSITION THAT IS EMPTY RIGHT NOW DUE TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS OUT ON A SICK LEAVE. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THEY HAVE TREATED THIS EMPLOYEE LIKE A DISEASE SINCE HE WENT OUT. THIS IS HOW THE REAL CHANNEL 16 OPERATES. PAOLA AND HER DISPUTE IS JUST PART OF THE GESTAPPO MANAGEMENT TACTICS AT THE #1 LOCAL NEWS OUTLET IN THE MARKET. OF COURSE, WITH THE NEW ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR (AND I USE THE TERM LIGHTLY, BECAUSE HE IS MORE OF A GOSSIP AND SHOULD WORK IN A SEWING SUPPLY STORE WITH A BUNCH OF WOMEN) GETTING EVEN WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PEED HIM OFF OVER THE YEARS, WHO KNOWS WHAT'S NEXT. FISHFACE, THE NEWS DIRECTOR HAS NO NADS, AND LETS THE ASSISTANT RUN RAMPANT WITH VENDETTAS. THIS IS HOW IT IS INSIDE. IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE OLD CROWD, YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKED UPON LIKE A LOSER. FUNNY THING ABOUT THE INSIDE OF WNEP, IT IS NOTHING LIKE THE POSITIVE PR CLOAK THAT COVERS THE DIRTY SHIRT UNDERNEATH. PROPAGANDA AT ITS BEST.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE WEIRD THINGS THAT GO ON INSIDE WNEP, HERE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. ONE DAY, SOMEONE FOUND A STYROFOAM CUP IN ONE OF THE EDITING ROOMS. IN THE CUP WAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF COFFEE, ON THE CUP WAS A LIPSTICK STAIN. THE NEWS DIRECTOR (FISHFACE) ASKED THE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER TO INVESTIGATE WHOSE LIPSTICK WAS ON THE CUP. THE CHIEF THEN WENT TO NIGHTSIDE EMPLOYEES AND ASKED IF THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE THE GREAT LIPSTICK CAPER. I THOUGHT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO INVESTIGATE NEWS, NOT WHO LEFT A CUP IN THE EDIT BOOTH. WELL, A RULE WAS BROKEN, AND IF WE FOUND OUT IT WAS A PEON WHO DID IT, WE COULD BE HEROES. OF COURSE, IF WE FOUND IT WAS A MANAGER, ...CASE CLOSED.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 10:30 & 10:59PM

There, there. Calm down. Take it easy.

I guess WNEP isn't the news gathering organization it once was. For example, 16 never reported that you had been kidnapped and were being held against your will on Montage Mountain Road.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon 10:30 / 10:59 whoever you are. Kill the CAPS. If you're going to provide insight, do so with the CAPS off. We're all (supposed to be) big people here. Thanks.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to posters 10:30 and 10:59, most likely the same person... anyhow, when you're on top for so long, things start to go to your head and you lose control of reality.

Dennis Fisher and whoever his assitant ND are in need of a huge dose of fresh air: they probably assume they hold the puppet strings for the entire NEPA and CPA region

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was on again last night at 11 p.m. Her only job is to speak clearly and she can't even do that. Nor can she pronounce anything correctly. Way to go.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:02...

Paraphrasing, "Just because they do the job of a monkey doesn't mean they are monkeys." I love that.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contract I've seen at WNEP is standard issue by the New York Times Company. No individual anything and compensation wasn't tied to a specific workload or number of newscasts. Salaried employees, with or without a contract, routinely worked 45 to 50 hours a week.

I'd bet respectable money that there are at least three contracts at WNEP that are in no way standard NYT issue.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently spoke to the WNEP employee out on sick leave to tell the person that the station has posted a security guard outside to stop him from coming into the building. This information came from the News Director, who of course didn't want it out as common knowledge. This is just another example of how management here destroys peoples reputations to keep the company in a positive light. I think it is disgusting the way they treated the producer who was fired for being 1/2 of a problem. The other half was a manager, so he got 2 weeks off. They are now trying to destroy the reputation of a man who is good at what he does and is out on a sick leave for whatever reason, (to cover their collective managerial asses). I hope he does something about this, because I know him well and I know if anyone, HE poses no threat to anyone here. Another WNEP communistic plot to rid the world of anyone who doesn't fall into their little cult thinking.....It really disturbs me.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"PAOLA AND HER DISPUTE IS JUST PART OF THE GESTAPPO MANAGEMENT TACTICS AT THE #1 LOCAL NEWS OUTLET IN THE MARKET."

10:30 PM

If, as has been said here, Dennis Fisher is just a puppet-master pulling all the strings, maybe you mean "Gepetto" management.

Just a thought.

Also...stop shouting.

And...get a spell-check program.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the things in this discussion make me think WNEP is a Nexstar station. If there's the slightest truth in these stories, it's a far different place to work than a few years ago.

To 10:30pm;
The Assistant News Director you're talking about is Carl Abraham? Carrying out vendettas? The Carl I knew was easy going and didn't hold grudges. Hard to believe he'd become a different person after twenty years at WNEP.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a break you WNEP insiders complaining. 16 dominates this market for a reason. BRE didn't even send a reporter to the Schuylkill County mine accident. Stations from all over the state, even some networks were covering it Monday and BRE was focusing on Andy's Hazleton and a 3 day old murder. They are a joke.
Every workplace has it's problems, but clearly in the TV business, NEP is a good place to be.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous growler said...

Because I've been at 16 for several decades, I'd like to address the person who wrote in ALL CAPS. Mr.ALL CAPS appears to be a very disgruntled former 16 employee. I have some advice for Mr. ALL CAPS: The people who still work at 16 are getting along just fine without him. I don't want to seem overly harsh, but sometimes employment arrangements just don't work, and it is best to let the past go...

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't buy the negatives that were said about Carl as well. He's a great guy, but more importantly, always had good judgement and made great decisions. He was the best Assignment Editor in the market for decades and it was well deserved that he was named asst. news director. It would be a shame if Dennis' unethical ways and Lou Kirchen's cluelessness rubbed off on him.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What layoffs at WNEP? Howard, any info?

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:03am...

Thursday 10/26 at noon...all stations lead with the school bus crash. 22/28 has video of the crash from the GROUND. 16 has a few seconds of the crash from a mile high and a phoner.

What was that about someone not sending crews somewhere ?

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:03am...

Thursday 10/26 at noon...all stations lead with the school bus crash. 22/28 has video of the crash from the GROUND. 16 has a few seconds of the crash from a mile high and a phoner.

What was that about someone not sending crews somewhere ?

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Which would matter, if people actually watched channel 50.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't look like that Skycam ban is really that serious. NW16 had Josh Brogadir flying over downtown Scranton randomly for a story about the new medical school Friday night. Using the copter didn't add anything to the story...he could have reported that story just as easily from a live truck or, heck, the studio.

Seems like one of those "look we have a helicopter" cases.

Granted, 16 did have Rosa in the newsroom and Sarah on set within a few minutes of Josh's live shot, but there's always the Fox set or city hall

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of which, that med school is going to happen within the next ten years, and it will be not only the biggest thing to happen in NE PA in 50 years, it will be Scranton's ticket to national status. And I'd bet a paycheck that WNEP will find a way to "partner" with the new med school before the first shovel of dirt is turned.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'd bet a paycheck that WNEP will find a way to "partner" with the new med school before the first shovel of dirt is turned.

11:36 PM


Please post your address and I'll send you mine so you'll know where to send the check.

What, you think WNEP will go to all those overnight fatal accidents and provide the med students with fresh cadavers?

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post your address and I'll send you mine so you'll know where to send the check.

WNEP has a long history of finding a way to connect to every and any thing worthwhile in NE PA, and the med school will be no different. I can already think of several ways that they'll become identified with the school, especially via health reporting. Same thing with the Yankees - if it's what people are talking about, WNEP ties into immediately and strongly.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"[T]hat med school is going to happen within the next ten years, and it will be. . .the biggest thing to happen in NE PA in 50
years. . ."


I won't claim this is the silliest thing ever written on this site, but it's certainly right up there.

Howard, I know "civilians" are allowed to post here: but now Senator Mellow???????

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're really gonna have to help me here. Let me see if you can...

1) You think the new med school is no big deal?

2) You don't think it's going to happen?

Either, or, both, you gotta be kidding, right?

The last med school opened in PA was Hershey, over forty years ago. The financial impact is huge, the prestige is another matter completely. A medical school in Scranton will polish this area's image as no CofC or any other organization could with a billion dollar budget. You do understand we're talking about a MEDICAL college here, correct?

It is a done deal, it's going to happen, ground will be broken within one year, the first class will enter in 2009. I'm really trying to be cordial about this but am a bit stunned that anyone would fail to grasp the magnitude of this.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You're really gonna have to help me here. Let me see if you can...

1) You think the new med school is no big deal?

2) You don't think it's going to happen?"

6:49 PM


Glad to help you out. I was referring to the comment that the new med school is going to be "{T}he biggest thing to happen in NE PA in 50 years..."

The biggest thing? THE biggest thing? THE BIGGEST THING???????

Golly,gee: I can think of one or two things a tiny bit more important, can't you?

Sign me,

Failing to Grasp

P.S. Obviously, the line for PR jobs at the new med school has already formed.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to see that the new med school is going to be a bigger event than that day in 1982 when they last changed the deep-fryer oil at Chick's Diner. Still...

Just off the top of my head I think Hurricane Agnes had more impact—or the Steamtown Mall anchoring Scranton's renaissance—or the mega-bucks development of Montage Mountain as a regional center for business, sports/entertainment, and now retail.

But THE BIGGEST impact on the local economy and local people in the last half-century has to be the opening of Interstate 81. Thanks to I-81 and I-80 we're not off the beaten path anymore: we're on the way to ANYWHERE.

The medical school is wonderful: but there'd be no med school, no students, no big business, no development and no economy if everything and everyone came here by rail or on two-lane highways.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golly,gee: I can think of one or two things a tiny bit more important, can't you?

Okay, genius, let's have 'em. C'mon, have at it. And don't give me the Agnes Flood as one of them - 75% of NE PA was unaffected by the flood.

Signing yourself "Failing To Grasp" is perfect. A Freudian slip, perhaps?

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest thing in 50 years? You could talk me out of buying into that. Significant? No question about it, a significant addition. Why anyone would think it's neglible is the part that stumps me. Oh, where does the line start for those PR jobs? Average salaries at the school will be in the 68K range. Try doing that in local television.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"75% of NE PA was unaffected by the flood."

6:55 PM


NOW I see. Your definition of big involves "biggest within 600 yards of the Lackawanna County Courthouse." That would make turning the HoJos into a med school a no-brainer.

If you can't see how Agnes changed the landscape--the economic and political landscape in the area, you might want one of your med students perform a proctoscopy on you. They'll find your head up there.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

68K?

Some guys are doing better than that in local radio. I thought TV was a license to print money?

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever I think of Hershey, the first thing that pops into my mind is "medical school." Put that town on the map.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Whenever I think of Hershey, the first thing that pops into my mind is "medical school."

That's funny...I always think of chocolate.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, a med center's cool, but am i the only one mad about where the money came from? It's the tobacco settlement. You know, the money the tobacco companies had to pay because of all the damage cigarettes cause to a smoker's health? Why isn't that money going to subsidize over inflated medical expenses that it was awarded to supposedly cover?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't see how Agnes changed the landscape--the economic and political landscape in the area,

Now I can see where you're coming from, the Wyoming Valley. Nothing exists north of Avoca, right? The end of the world is somewhere right around Duryea, life doesn't exist beyond that. So that's it, that's your gripe with my statement.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Now I can see where you're coming from, the Wyoming Valley. Nothing exists north of Avoca, right?

7:07 PM

No, we're talking about size--magnitude. YOU'RE the one talking about proximity. The biggest thing to hit the area in fifty years, you said. I even credited Steamtown and Scranton's downtown renaissance as being major accomplishments. I just don't happen to think putting a med school in the HoJos is the GREATEST THING to hit THE AREA since the 1950s (although the fried clams are halfway decent if you're on a budget).

2:22 PM  

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