Monday, July 14, 2008

Julie Cornell Steps Down As Anchor At KETV

KETV-7 co-anchor Julie Cornell announced live on the air this morning that she is leaving the anchor desk at KETV. Brandi Petersen will replace Cornell when she leaves at the end of the month. Petersen will join co-anchor Rob McCartney.

Cornell, whose husband Bill Randby will remain as KETV’s chief meteorologist, began at KETV in 1992. She has been one of the station’s main co-anchors for the past 11 years after replacing longtime KETV anchor Carol Schrader.

Cornell published a story on KETV.com explaining that she wants to become a fulltime mom.

“This year, our twin girls, Madeline and Jocelyn, will start kindergarten,” Cornell wrote. “Our son, Will, begins second grade. I've worked the night shift for most of my 21 years in broadcasting, and it doesn't mesh with the school schedule.

“So at the end of July, after 11 years as a main anchor at KETV, I'll step away from the anchor desk, because I want to be with my children at night. I'll continue to work a very flexible part-time schedule here at channel 7, write weekly stories for Julie's Diary on the KETV Web site and write feature stories for the news, as I have for 16 years here in Omaha.

“Brandi Petersen will take over the anchor desk next to my buddy, Rob. She's my friend. She's smart, level-headed and hard-working. Brandi is one of the finest live reporters I've seen on air. She loves this community and she's a tremendous asset to our station.”

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Jim Flowers said...

Choose your favorite over-used, ambiguous weather term uttered often by the local clows:

A. Cloud-to-ground lightning
B. Rain-wrapped tornado
C. Bow echo
D. Evidence of circulation

Jim Flowers said...

Choose your favorite over-used, ambiguous weather term uttered often by the local clows:

A. Cloud-to-ground lightning
B. Rain-wrapped tornado
C. Bow echo
D. Evidence of circulation

Respect My Authoritah! said...

Hey Jim Flowers...what's a "clow"?

I got some over-used terms for you...

1) "Topped off"
2) the heartland's most experienced Meteorologist
3) The Weather Authority

I can't believe it took until post number 204, but here goes said...

Matt Perrault is Gay.

Anonymous said...

2:07 -- you are a fraud and a phony. Even The Perrault knows of my disdain for the blow-up doll known as Travis Justice. You will pay for your transgressions, my friend...I will treat you with the same lack of respect as I do my whipping boy The Perrault and you will feel the pain that comes with it.

For I am...

DA TROOF

Angry Wrestling Guy said...

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Anonymous said...

Evidence of circulation??!! ...hehe

Anonymous said...

Andrea Rich on KFAB's weather update yesterday afternoon:

"There's a good chance we'll see sunshine until sunset tonight...."

I AM AMAZED.......NOT JUST ANY WEATHER FORECASTER COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT......ONLY A METEOROLIST THAT IS PART OF THE "WEATHER AUTHORITY" COULD!!!!!

Anonymous said...

is todd andrews the new anchor on ketv at six? he was on friday night and his name was in the talent intro.

Can't find my meds said...

I thought you basement-dwelling tools/drones/ass clowns said Carlo was gone from 3. How come he was on the TV last night with Carol Wang Chung last night? AFFIRMATIVE ACTION NEWS 3 CONTINUES TO RULE. They have Travis and no one else does, that guarantees gigantic ratings every book!

Anonymous said...

10:14 -- you obviously TOOK all of your meds at the same time if you think Inaction News 3 has gigantic ratings.

The only thing gigantic at Channel 3 is Travis' gut.

Next time you have a thought...let it go.

Anonymous said...

8:26 AM - the Friday night "lineup" isn't the same anymore as the other weeknights because their primary team now does the hour-long show at 10 PM on Sunday nights.

Trade off.

Newswatcher said...

Is Farah Fazal still at KETV?

Tonight at 10 pm Todd Andrews was anchoring. I thought, ok, maybe he's subbing, but the taped intro to the 10pm news tonight showed his picture and announced him as anchor.

8:26 am - I noticed that too.

I wonder if he's picking up the weekday shifts that Brandi Peterson has been working opposite Julie Cornell... I guess we'll have to stay tuned to find out.

Anonymous said...

Farrah's bio is still on the web site. Perhaps she took...*gasp*...vacation time?

Anonymous said...

12:29 PM - I think you may have missed just a little bit of sarcasm from 10:14's post.......

Anonymous said...

When I watch Andrea rich, i always get the urge to go to the Horse races.

NewsWatcher said...

1:19 pm - There were two things in the 10 pm newscast I watched that *gasp* made me wonder if her absence is more than a standard vacation (unless you're talking about a "permanent" vacation):

1. Usually when an anchor takes vacation time, whoever is subbing says "I'm xxxxxx, in for [insert regular anchor's name here]." This didn't happen on the newscast I watched.

2 They usually don't replace the regular anchor's photo and name announcement in the taped intro to a newscast with the sub's picture and name.

Example for #2: In the past, if Brandi Peterson subbed for Julie Cornell during the weekday 6 pm newscast, the taped intro would still say "You're watching KETV NewsWatch 7 at Six with Rob McCartney and Julie Cornell" - but Brandi would introduce herself as "I'm Brandi Peterson, in for Julie Cornell", or "I'm Brandi Peterson; Julie has the night off" (or something to that effect).

And if you read the whole Shelia Brummer departure saga on this blog awhile back, you'd know that bios on web pages can take awhile to come down.

When you're done *gasp*-ing, take a moment to ponder that.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:19 PM - do you really think that any other news team besides the primary news team is considered "solid" with who is there and who isn't?

I mean, take, for example, the news team of Adrian Whitsett and Nichole Berlie. That's new, right?

Did you ever stop and think that, perhaps there's some other shuffling going on aside from the primary news team?

Several of the "secondaries" (for lack of a better term) have been in and out of the anchor seat and the reporting beat. Whisett and Berlie have. Andrews has. Fazal has.

Who knows? Maybe if what is currently being done is "it" at this point, that might just mean Fazal is back to reporting only. Doesn't necessarily signal that she's out on the pavement, though.

As for the Shiela Brummer bio thing? Remember, we're talking about KETV here and not WOWT.

Anonymous said...

looks like less than a third of this blog is about julie

Anonymous said...

The Perrault and Farah Fazal have eloped!

Anonymous said...

...at least that is the "rumor" I heard!

Anonymous said...

this sucks. all this "one post a month... maybe" crap. hows about one or two a week?

NewsWatcher said...

1:19 am (a.k.a. 3:51 pm) - Has too much autoerotic asphixiation left you *gasp*ing for air and caused some brain damage?

My original post wonders about the whereabouts of Farah Fazal, then you chastize me for thinking anything other than that she's on vacation, then go on in your next post to chastise me for not thinking that "perhaps there's some other shuffling going on aside from the primary news team"... Which, if you weren't too busy *gasp*ing, you'd realize was actually what I was wondering about in my original post.

Since you need it spelled out in baby steps, read on...

OF COURSE there's going to be shuffling other than the primary anchor team!! Duh, someone or some someones are going to have to step up to fill Brandi's previous spot.

From an outsider's standpoint looking at KETV's talent pool, who other than Farah was in the competition with Brandi for main female anchor? The already knew Elictia Hammond's plans. Other than Farah, which female on-air talent had close to the same seniority as Brandi? (other than, of course, Carol Kloss - who maybe didn't want the job?)

So, if we were to speculate that Farah and Brandi were in competition for the job, and Farah didn't get it, wouldn't it make sense that Farah would start looking around for other opportunities at this time? Take a look down memory lane at WOWT when Pat Persaud left. Tracey Madden got the job and shortly thereafter Courtney Gerrish left for another station. And 'round about the sametime Kara Rovere got married and found a different job.

As far as solidity goes... I'd think that station management would consider a new anchor team "solid" or "solid enough" before approving the expense to remake the taped intro to include new anchors at the beginning of the newscast. If the plan was to try out a variety of teaming arrangements over the next couple of months, you think the intro would just be a generic "You're watching KETV NewsWatch 7 at [insert time]" until they pick who's going to get the gig regularly.

And regarding your comment "As for the Shiela Brummer bio thing? Remember, we're talking about KETV here and not WOWT." Well, how long did Melissa Fry work at KETV before her bio got posted? Using your (il)logic, you're saying Melissa really didn't work there until her bio appeared.

And if Farah really is *just* on vacation, well... the emotion in your posts goes to show what a loyal fan base Farah has here in the Omaha market. We'll all anxiously await her return.

Anonymous said...

Here's the scoop. Farrah is back to only reporting. She is not a good anchor. Todd moves from weekend mornings to Friday-Saturday evening anchor. They needed someone to replace Julie and it made sense to move Farrah as well. The Nicole-Adrian thing is not permanent. At least not yet. My guess is he stays on weekend mornings and Nicole moves to weekday mornings. To even think Farrah had a shot at being the main anchor is laughable. There was only ONE choice and that was Brandi. No one, not even Elictia was considered. It was Brandi from day one.

Anonymous said...

sounds like "newswatcher" just got served...

Anonymous said...

"newswatcher" is Farah's man-whore...

Anonymous said...

Jim and Sean,

One post a month now? I think it is time to take this blog out back and kill it.

Anonymous said...

A KETV I-Team report on counterfit purse parties is linked on the front page of CNN.Com right now.

Anonymous said...

Three words...

Slow
News
Day

NewsWatcher said...

6:12 am - Actually, it's *gasp* 1:19 am (who thought Farah was on vacation) who got served.

In my original post I wondered if a staffing change had been made on the Saturday 10 pm news. Looks like I was right.

NewsWatcher said...

9:12 am - I've fallen behind on watching News on 1. Did KETV really beat WOWT's Mike McKnight to the counterfeit purse story? Though, I guess it would have been hard for McKnight to go to a purse party "undercover"...(will picturing McKnight in drag make you go blind????)

Anonymous said...

If memory of past rumors serves me correctly, one of KPTM's "Former" male reporters would have been very very good at going undercover at one of those purse parties

Anonymous said...

Reporter Scott Lee is leaving Fox.

Anonymous said...

6:11 am said... "The Nicole-Adrian thing is not permanent. At least not yet."

I wouldn't mind seeing the Nicole-Adrian pairing permanent, or at least being given a chance for six months or so. They seem to do well enough next to each other. Adrian still smiles like a kid who just got a new bike - I assume because he's happy to have the anchoring opportunity. Nicole's usually smiling when I see her anchoring. That's good - a morning newscast should project a positive, energetic vibe.

The big question is if Omaha area viewers would accept a non-white anchor team. (For example, an earlier post on this blog said that watching them seemed like watching BET.)

Anonymous said...

9:38 said "The big question is if Omaha area viewers would accept a non-white anchor team"

Well, considering both Nichole and Adrian are half-white I don't know if that's an accurate question...but I see your point. :)

Where was the original (ignorant) BET post? I missed it.

Sleeves said...

When the mighty horse rocks he rocks the fat ass.

Anonymous said...

This Blog Sucks

Anonymous said...

And that post REALLY helped. Thanks for your contribution.

Anonymous said...

11:29 - the blog sucks...but you blow.

Anonymous said...

7:12 a.m. - It was made at July 12, 2008 9:08 AM by anonymous in the previous topic, "KETV wins 10 o’clock in May": "I turned on channel 7 today and thought it was BET."

BTW - for those of us who struggle with such terms, what do you recommend other than "non-white"? For example, presidential candidate Obama is the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya (I think they said Kenya). Yet most everyone refers to him as a "black man."

Stewie Griffin said...

Come on, let's drop this drivel and get back to the Travis vs. Perrault debate. Who's hotter?

Jesse said...

No, Mikey's team has been too preoccupied with digging in local dumpsters for old thrown away applications to go after the purse story.

He can pass off as an old homeless man digging for cans better than a woman, even in drag.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said...

SILENCE. Enough already with the Six bashing. Who's hotter, Travis or Perrault?

Anonymous said...

neither - next topic

Stewie Griffin said...

Okay, the all-time best set of McGuffy's on any anchor man or woman in Omaha TV history. Two categories - current crop and retro.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Jensen is at 10/11 in Lincoln. Saw him on the Sat. morning newscast.

Anonymous said...

OK. I have to know. What are McGuffys? I'm intrigued because it seems that both males and females can have them.

Anonymous said...

wake up jim and sean..layoffs in lincoln...

Anonymous said...

"Jeff Jensen is at 10/11 in Lincoln. Saw him on the Sat. morning newscast."

OOOOooooohhhhh......so he got a promotion then from WOWT!

Anonymous said...

McGuffy's = tats.

Anonymous said...

10:19 -- I'm not sure going from WOWT to 10/11 is a PROMOTION, per se...more a lateral move than anything.

Anonymous said...

This blog does stink.

One post for the month of July. And to think this blog complains about the lack of coverage in the OWH about these two-bit local TV stations and their wannabe celebrities.

Once a month? That's not a blog. It's a slog.

The good news, folks, is that Brockman has stepped up his blogging on omanews.blogspot.com. Much more consistent -- and much more insightful.

Now, if only angry-wrestling guy would post comments at Brockman's blog.

Anonymous said...

Yes...Ted is back. But more insightful - you must be kidding? Channel Sux is stupid, Knicely is stupid,yada yada yada -- same ol lame ol stuff. There is a reason nobody posts there. Nothing to see folks..move along

O.Newscope said...

Julie Cornell's final newscast was done with a bit more taste than Channel 6 did with Pat Persaud. At least they waited until the final segment instead of pre-empting the entire newscast. Looks like the staff actually liked her, too.

I just hope Brandi Petersen will take this opportunity and not let her look get in the way. She's damn good at being an anchor and reporter, so she (or Hearst-Argyle management) should invest in a wardrobe that doesn't make her look she's wearing Suzanne Deyo's old wardrobe. Otherwise, blog readers and bloggers (like me) will slaughter her with commentary, not to mention what Brockman will write on HIS blog.

SW said...

This topic is over 2 weeks old. I like the O.Newscope blog so far. I also wondered about Carlo Checetto?? (however he spells it) at KM3. I commented on the other blog, too, but I want this blog to find out more about the new guy coming from KCTV. That's where multi-loser Michael Scott went to--and was fired from. I wish I was a fly on the walls at 3 and 7 to hear the stories about Mr. Scott's, shall we say, bad habit?

Off topic, I know. So let me say that Julie Cornell's exit was handled with taste tonight. Will we also see a new set anytime soon? The "newsplex" is looking quite dated. Those old-time monitors in the background are so 80's, and that mural is outdated, too.

More stories on this blog, please. Otherwise, I'll just have to read Brockman's blog (who also needs to post more) and O.Newscope (which I hope lasts longer than the others that have come and gone.)

Anonymous said...

July 31, 2008 5:40 AM.....I think you need to turn up your sarcasm detection meter.

Anonymous said...

So who has the best retro tats?

Anonymous said...

Susan Day or Suzanne Pleshette would have been a much better line than Suzanne Deyo.

Anonymous said...

This blog shows you what happens when people with little talent try to play with the big boys in the media world. You get crappy information once a month.

Maybe Jess should take it over. She has some commitment to keeping her blog up to date.

Pat McGroin said...

If she weren't preparing for the Guerin and Jess Pajama Dance Party hour hosted by Don Cornelius, that would be a good idea. But she has wardrobe meetings the next two weeks and is in serious training for pillow and cat fight segments. All very tastefully done, of course.

Not a Stalker said...

Based on Jess's picture at her blog, I think I saw her the other day at Super Saver. If it was her, I would not mind seeing a Guerin/Jess pillow fight.

Anonymous said...

I have (poured) over these responses, and the conclusion is that Perrault is a homo.

Anonymous said...

I agree with an earlier poster. Brandy needs to get rid of the mole. Its not good on camera. She is a talented anchor, but would look better moleless.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of moles.....how come no one has mentioned Matt Perrault lately ?????

Anonymous said...

Because he is insignificant. And he is insignificant BECAUSE I SAY HE IS.

For I am...

DA TROOF

Anonymous said...

STFU, "Troof"...seriously.

Your act got old after your 2nd post of that crap.

quit ragging on the newsplex said...

Ya know, news sets cost lots of money these days. If you keep whining about the NewsPlex being "outdated," you're likely to get a new set that's made up of an anchor desk, a couple of chairs, and a green screen background upon which the "virtual news background" is superimposed.

Be careful what you ask for.

Anonymous said...

both 6 and 7 are WAY overdue for new sets.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness this blog is over.

dotbowels said...

I still think Julie is hot 15 years later

Anonymous said...

Where'd Julie find Bill?

Anonymous said...

11:47 - Why don't you get out from behind your mommy's Gateway and come shut me up? You aren't man enough to do it, and even if you were, your efforts would prove to be fruitless.

For I am...

DA TROOF

So suck on that, beyotch.

Anonymous said...

Travis Justice rules.

the unsilent majority said...

DA DUMBASS...I'm not 11:47, but I agree with them. Yet another lame attempt at humor in a humorless blog. Give it a rest. Your 15 minutes ended 15 minutes ago.

Anonymous said...

6:57 -- somebody stole your 15 minutes.

That was me...and I ain't givin' it back, champ. For I am...

DA TROOF

newswatcher said...

o.newscope at July 31, 2008 9:02 PM said "...I just hope Brandi Petersen will take this opportunity and not let her look get in the way. She's damn good at being an anchor and reporter, so she (or Hearst-Argyle management) should invest in a wardrobe that doesn't make her look she's wearing Suzanne Deyo's old wardrobe."

I agree. That purple outfit Brandi's wearing in the taped intro to the news looks like something out of the "Bewitched" wardrobe... maybe something Samantha's mother would wear.

Anonymous said...

Kerri Stowell....you have got to be kidding. She has this mouth thing going on like she has to pronounce things to the extreme.....it is so annoying and so weird.
Brandi Perterson will do a great job she is young and very level headed and is interested in Omaha.
Julie Cornell always looked so tired like she never had gotten enough sleep...I am wondering did she really step down or was she forced to step down???
Something to think about..we will never know the truth!!!

Anonymous said...

As for Andrea Rich saying "We have a chance of seeing sunshine till sunset tonite..." She was talking about cloud cover. Moron. Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Julie disappeared so quickly without much notice. They wanted a younger pretty blond. However, Julie is not as hyper as Brandi. Brandi seems all wound up and ready to explode when she reports.
Well, I seem to remember that when Julie came to KETV she demanded that her husband get a job before she would accept the position. Carol Schrader was forced out of the position for the younger Julie so it is hard to feel sorry for her. KETV can be mean to anchors.

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Anonymous said...

BILL IS FAT!!! ISN'T HE?Julie married a fat man!!!! JULIE IS THE BEST ANCHOR!! BETTER THAN HER HUSBAND!!!

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