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Lot of fill-ins today. David Murphy in for Chris Sowers this morning. Adam Joseph in for Melissa Magee tonight. Alicia Vitarelli in for Sarah Bloomquist (she filled in for her at noon during the week and even had off Friday like Sarah does). Interested to see what happens this week as Sarah is in Minnesota along with 4pm/10pm anchor team of Brian Taff and Sharrie Williams.

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Another odd fill-in today. Rick always anchors the noon solo on Fridays as Sarah is always off, but today Alicia co-anchored with Rick at noon filling in for Sarah.

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Maybe they are getting ready for a significant presence in Minneapolis?

 

WCAU has their morning, evening and other anchors on site.

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Walter, Alicia, Jeff and Melissa were on Saturday from 5:00p through to 6:30. Looks like there’s also a half hour of news at 7:00p after World News.

 

Does anyone know if this is the start of a permanent Saturday expansion, or something special ahead of the Big Game?

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Walter, Alicia, Jeff and Melissa were on Saturday from 5:00p through to 6:30. Looks like there’s also a half hour of news at 7:00p after World News.

 

Does anyone know if this is the start of a permanent Saturday expansion, or something special ahead of the Big Game?

The intro to the 5/5:30 was the same as the Sunday intros and included Sarah. The 6 only had Walter’s name. Not sure if it’s permanent but it’s been rumored for a while. They definitely need a co-anchor, whether it’s Sarah or Alicia or someone else.

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Alicia is on again today Friday at noon filling in for Sarah alongside Rick. Curious to see who will co-anchor tomorrow Saturday with Walter at 5pm.

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Any word if they plan on doing midnight updates during the Olympics?

The ABC O&O's got away with the late update in 2012 because Nightline was ending at 12/11, at that point. Now that Kimmel is in the post-news slot, they won't do it anymore. They didn't do it in '14 or '16, either...though I still have "ABC 7 News at 11pm" set to record on my DVR. :D

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The ABC O&O's got away with the late update in 2012 because Nightline was ending at 12/11, at that point. Now that Kimmel is in the post-news slot, they won't do it anymore. They didn't do it in '14 or '16, either...though I still have "ABC 7 News at 11pm" set to record on my DVR. :D

 

Thought they did it for Rio.

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Thought they did it for Rio.

I checked earlier in this thread, and we discussed it then, but it doesn't appear that they did it.

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I checked earlier in this thread, and we discussed it then, but it doesn't appear that they did it.

 

Okay. It could also be a bit more difficult now / complicated with it all being hubbed.

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Rick aired snow updates at the top of the 11am hour alone. Sarah and Rick co-anchored at noon. At 1pm they are continuing with snow coverage, but with Rick and Alicia. I suspect Sarah’s going out on the road to report, but why even bring her in if that’s the case to anchor noon. Why not have Alicia anchor instead. I think Sarah is a great, if not the best reporter they have. However, she is underutilized as an anchor. She should be filling in regularly at 4pm and 5pm.

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Rick aired snow updates at the top of the 11am hour alone. Sarah and Rick co-anchored at noon. At 1pm they are continuing with snow coverage, but with Rick and Alicia. I suspect Sarah’s going out on the road to report, but why even bring her in if that’s the case to anchor noon. Why not have Alicia anchor instead. I think Sarah is a great, if not the best reporter they have. However, she is underutilized as an anchor. She should be filling in regularly at 4pm and 5pm.

I agree with you on Sarah's reporting talent. But she is "cold" to watch as an anchor. I can't imagine her socializing on the 4pm show.

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I agree with you on Sarah's reporting talent. But she is "cold" to watch as an anchor. I can't imagine her socializing on the 4pm show.

Really? I'm surprised you think so. Her and Rick often joke on the noon show, and I'd say their chemistry is on par with Rick and Monica's, if not better. She is more serious on Sunday nights when she's co-anchoring with Walter.

 

Speaking of Walter, I wonder if the long term plan is for him to anchor 5pm & 10pm solo on Saturdays (in addition to 6pm & 11pm). I feel like he needs a co-anchor especially for the hour long newscasts. They should either move Sarah to weekend evenings full time and have Monica or Alicia take her spot on the noon show. Or they could have Alicia work Tuesday-Saturday, handling the Friday noon show along with Saturday evenings (Nydia or Sarah could handle her Monday 4pm features anchor role).

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I've always thought Sarah was really underutilized as an anchor, but she's also a great reporter. I think maybe they realize both. I remember being upset when they brought in Tamala Edwards from nowhere to anchor the morning show with Matt O'Donnell. Sarah and Matt were a great pair! Still miss that actually.

 

I need to watch 6 more often again. I've gotten into a pattern of watching 69 (being from the Lehigh Valley) but it gets stale when they continue to report the same things over and over again.

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Does anyone know why Wendy Saltzman’s biography has been removed from 6’s website, and some social accounts shut down? Assuming this means she’s left the station. Is she staying in the market?

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Hmm, odd. Her Twitter is still active, but no posts since January 23. No stories about this anywhere, but her bio is definitely gone. Wonder what happened.

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Hmm, odd. Her Twitter is still active, but no posts since January 23. No stories about this anywhere, but her bio is definitely gone. Wonder what happened.

Maybe medically related. I know she battled cancer in the past. Hopefully all is okay.

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Monica Malpass anchoring at noon today solo. With Rick and Sarah off, Matt, Tamela, Alicia, Jeanette, Gray, Nydia, and Walter must’ve all been unavailable.

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Does anyone know why Wendy Saltzman’s biography has been removed from 6’s website, and some social accounts shut down? Assuming this means she’s left the station. Is she staying in the market?

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