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5 hours ago, phillynewslover said:

They definitely must be shortstaffed. Matt O'Donnell is anchoring the 5p news tonight with Alyana Gomez.

So far today:

Morning: Matt & Alicia

Noon: Alicia (solo) (also said Sarah would be along later)

4pm: Matt & Alyana 

5pm: Matt & Alyana

6pm: Matt

10pm: Nydia (solo)

11pm: Matt

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18 minutes ago, Mrknowitall526 said:

What a ridiculous day for Matt!!!!

Adam Joseph is doing the weather from home.  Maybe a covid outbreak?

I could believe that. Just seems like an extremely unusual amount of absences this week.

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Adam mentioned earlier this week on Twitter that him broadcasting from home is only a precautionary measure due to an uptick in covid cases. Perhaps that's been broadened out to the rest of the newsroom. 

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And the odd fill-ins continue into the weekend. Jaclyn solo anchored Saturday morning, Alicia solo anchored Sunday morning and noon, and Nydia is in for Walter on Saturday and Sunday evening. 

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This Monday morning Jillian Mele and Alicia Vitarelli are in for Matt (who will be along later today) and Tamela. Also, Gina Gannon is doing traffic.

 

Alicia also anchored the noon solo (but did say Sarah would be along later). 

 

I'm wondering if there’s been a COVID outbreak. There’s been way too many people off, with Sarah putting in a marathon shift Thursday (and was supposed to be on Friday), and Matt pulling a marathon shift on Friday.

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On 4/8/2022 at 5:20 PM, TVNewsLover said:

So far today:

Morning: Matt & Alicia

Noon: Alicia (solo) (also said Sarah would be along later)

4pm: Matt & Alyana 

5pm: Matt & Alyana

6pm: Matt

10pm: Nydia (solo)

11pm: Matt

Poor Matt. That is overkill

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12 hours ago, TVNewsLover said:

This Monday morning Jillian Mele and Alicia Vitarelli are in for Matt (who will be along later today) and Tamela. Also, Gina Gannon is doing traffic.

 

Alicia also anchored the noon solo (but did say Sarah would be along later). 

 

I'm wondering if there’s been a COVID outbreak. There’s been way too many people off, with Sarah putting in a marathon shift Thursday (and was supposed to be on Friday), and Matt pulling a marathon shift on Friday.

That's what I'm thinking... Nothing else seems to make any sense. I doubt they would schedule THAT many vacations / days off all at once. 

 

Nydia Han is currently on with Matt and Brittany is doing the weather. 

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Update for today (Monday):

Morning: Jillian & Alicia (Gina Gannon also filled in on traffic - Karen did weather)

Noon: Alicia (solo) (Chris did weather)

4pm: Matt & Nydia (Sarah did multiple stories from home - Chris did weather - Gina on traffic - Rick did a short report from Maryland)

5pm: Matt & Nydia (Brittany did weather - Gina on traffic - Rick did multiple “road trip” reports from Maryland - apparently he’s taking a road trip all week)

6pm: Matt (Brittany weather)

10pm: Nydia (solo) (Brittany weather)

11pm: Matt (Brittany weather)

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Tuesday’s lineup:

Morning: Maggie, Alicia, Karen - weather, Jessica - traffic

Noon: Alicia (solo), Karen - weather (Jillian was in the sat center)

4pm: Jillian, Nydia, Brittany - weather, Sarah working from home, Jessica - traffic, Rick also did a brief report, Christie also did a report from the Ben Franklin Parkway

5pm: Jillian, Sharrie, Brittany - weather, Jessica - traffic, Rick on his road trip

6pm: Sharrie, Brittany - weather, Jillian did a story in studio, Tamela Edwards did a story from South Philly

10pm: Nydia, Sharrie, Brittany - weather

11pm: Sharrie, Brittany - weather

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Tamela is promoting an interview with VP Harris; I wonder if they kept her out of the studio for a while as a way of quarantining her before the meeting. Whatever the situation is, it's a weird one. 

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31 minutes ago, PhillyWatch said:

Tamela is promoting an interview with VP Harris; I wonder if they kept her out of the studio for a while as a way of quarantining her before the meeting. Whatever the situation is, it's a weird one. 

 

I'm surprised that they are not having Jim Gardner do the interview.

 

-- Matt

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2 hours ago, susquvalleywgal said:

 

I'm surprised that they are not having Jim Gardner do the interview.

 

-- Matt

 

Last I saw on the socials was that Jim is out if the country. Besides, these interviews are frequently granted to those whose profiles are looking to be boosted...and not the guy retiring within a year.

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A return to almost normalcy today?:

Morning: Matt, Maggie, Karen weather, Matt traffic

Noon: Alicia (solo), Chris weather

4pm: Walter, Sarah, Chris weather, Alicia feature anchor, Christie reporting on the street, Jessica traffic

5pm: Alicia, Sharrie, Brittany weather, Jessica traffic, Rick road trip

6pm: Sharrie, Brittany weather

 

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46 minutes ago, phillynewslover said:

Walter Perez is doing sports tonight. He used to be a color commentator for "Princeton Football Radio Network" according to Wikipedia, but I don't think I've ever seen him sportscasting on Action News. 

I remember several years ago he once filled in for Keith Russell one Saturday night. He wasn’t that bad. 

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9 hours ago, phillynewslover said:

Walter Perez is doing sports tonight. He used to be a color commentator for "Princeton Football Radio Network" according to Wikipedia, but I don't think I've ever seen him sportscasting on Action News. 

Ducis has been out the entire week. With Jamie now handling weekend duties as well, just seems wrong to make her work 9 days straight. 

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This talent shortage isn't just limited to Action News either. Saw a promo for this week's FYI Philly with TaRhonda Thomas hosting with Alicia. You know it's bad over there when they have to have a hard news reporter host the station's entertainment show.

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I was gonna say, there had to be more to Gray's promotion than just the 10pm show. I believe WABC is the only other O&O programming against World News Tonight, but that's in the form of The Countdown, which has rotating anchors and long-form stories/interviews, even though their initial announcement mentioned Bill and Sade as anchors.

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Christie Ileto has been doing her 3rd wheel/feature reports on the 4PM show from outside the building.  Either she lost her key or there's more Covid precautions.

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On 4/26/2022 at 7:50 PM, SF1964 said:

I saw it mentioned elsewhere, but they could possibly put Gray on the 5PM show later this year, when/if Rick Williams is given the 6PM after Jim retires.

I think I’d be pissed if I were Matt O’Donnell or Brian Taft. 

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