Saturday, February 14, 2009

Readers sound off on shake-up at Channel 7

Comments are pouring in regarding the recent shake-up at WHDH-TV. As previously reported in Loaded Gun, Channel 7 kicked openly gay newscaster Brandon Rudat to the curb on Wednesday, Feb. 11 after he sided with ousted anchor Randy Price's criticism of the station's flashy approach to the news.

Here's a sampling of the discussion:

"I suspected something was 'fishy' with the sudden announcement of Price's 'retirement,' since there wasn't the typically celebratory build up to the announcement. Nothing had been said about Rudat being gay and out, but it didn't take much imagination to figure it out. Those eyebrows!"

The commenter continues, "Too bad that WHDH has to be all flashy with the news. It's very evident that the focus isn't on just reporting news in the best possible way, and that the management of WHDH, like so many other news stations, is caught up in the 'ratings game.' Seems like reality TV has taken over the nightly news as well. Best of luck to Price and Rudat. Hopefully they'll find other assignments in Boston."

Here's another comment: "It is a very sad day in Boston. Randy Price delivered the news in a "mature" professional manner. The immature news "readers" on this station of late are an insult to serious news. But I guess if you look at it. Channel 7 isn't interested in serious news or its delivery. So it's time to look for another news source. Channel 7you will reap what you sow. Fluff."

And another Channel 7 slam: "Randy was the only thing that made that station worth watching and somewhat respectable, although they do put some meaningless trash on T. For them to insult and crap on their best card is pretty pathetic. Now that is some loser management. I'm not watching for sure."

One more from Loaded Gun reader Alan: "Pathetic treatment of the only person who brought any class and seriousness to that flimsy station. On to another local station for sure."

3 comments:

alan said...

It just makes me disgusted the more I think about it. Only Randy could get me to watch that station. For that I don't know whether to thank him or blame him. But, he's a tremendous human being and I know you'll hear that from anyone who knows or works with him.
Channel 7's ultimate karma is to be realized.

Anonymous said...

It just makes me disgusted the more I think about it. Only Randy could get me to watch that station. For that I don't know whether to thank him or blame him. But, he's a tremendous human being and I know you'll hear that from anyone who knows or works with him.
Channel 7's ultimate karma is to be realized.

Anonymous said...

Brandon Rudat is not gay, he's foreign! He doesn't normally speak the way he does on air. He actually speaks with an accent. For the purposes of reporting, Brandon took speech classes to sound more 'American'. What you hear, is him stressing his words, to avoid his accent. Get a clue. and HIS EYEBROWS ARE FINE!

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