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    this announement was making the rounds today - perhaps KITV trying to pre-empt any Big Announcement by KGMB?



    KITV announces new anchor team for

    Island Television News at 6pm

    HONOLULU (September 8, 2008)-KITV Island Television News announced today
    that the 5 p.m. anchor team of Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young will add the 6
    p.m. news to their duties effective September 15th.

    "With Gary and Pamela anchoring Hawaii's top rated 5 p.m. newscast, building
    a 2 rated lead-in from Judge Judy at 4:30 p.m. to a #1(7 rated) newscast at
    5 p.m., it is obvious that Gary and Pamela have great appeal to Hawaii's
    viewers. With changes occurring in competitive newscasts, we feel the time
    is right for this logical experiment," stated Mike Rosenberg, president &
    general manager.

    "Gary and Pamela have a rich tradition of excellence including multiple Emmy
    and SPJ award winning stories and specials. We hope to expose their talents
    to a new audience at 6 p.m.," stated Tod Pritchard, news director of KITV
    Island Television News.

    Island Television News at 10 will continue to be anchored by Paula Akana and
    Shawn Ching.

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    Umm..you mean Gary?
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    hmm.. I wonder how Paula and Shawn feel about that, especially anchoring only one newscast. It feels like it's a demotion for them. I guess they'll have to do field reporting now to fill their time since they've lost their 6PM duties? Or it's now just less airtime for them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcr1652 View Post
    hmm.. I wonder how Paula and Shawn feel about that, especially anchoring only one newscast. It feels like it's a demotion for them. I guess they'll have to do field reporting now to fill their time since they've lost their 6PM duties? Or it's now just less airtime for them?
    It’s interesting to speculate on what preceded this move. Has KITV’s consultants decided that Akana is showing signs of age and can no longer attract younger viewers? Or could it be a move to placate and retain Pamela Young, who may have been wooed by KGMB as a replacement for Kim Gennaula? The plot thickens...

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    Subsequent posts not replying to an earlier post should reflect the revised title "Gary and Pam to 6pm".

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    I like it. Gary and Pam have great on-camera rapport. Pam is the kind of woman who sees humor in so much, and often laughs at herself. To me, this is an indication that experience and appeal are as important to viewers as the message of news itself. As a person who gets AARP solicitations with more frequency these days, I have to say YAY for seasoned experienced news teams with good chemistry. Don't deny it, embrace it.

    I wonder what else will shake out at KITV and the other stations.

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    I don't understand this move at all. For years Shawn has been groomed as KITV's weapon to one day take down Joe Moore. While KITV ratings aren't that great, Ching has that key 18 to 35 year old female demographic wrapped around his finger or so I've been told. Then again that was before Keahi was at KGMB.

    Good for Gary and Pam though, I'm a big fan of pets on the set and anytime Pam sits down to grind food in other countries.

    Wow, first Kim leaving now this. What's next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sin View Post
    I don't understand this move at all. For years Shawn has been groomed as KITV's weapon to one day take down Joe Moore. While KITV ratings aren't that great, Ching has that key 18 to 35 year old female demographic wrapped around his finger or so I've been told.

    Wow, first Kim leaving now this. What's next?
    My speculative answer to this is that perhaps Shawn Ching may leave the station and pursue his law career? Didn't he graduate out of law school not so long ago. This adjustment to his on-air schedule could probably prompt an exit from the airwaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    My speculative answer to this is that perhaps Shawn Ching may leave the station and pursue is law career? Didn't he graduate out of law school not so long ago. This adjustment to his on-air schedule could probably prompt an exit from the airwaves.
    Makes sense Mel. If he's not coming into work until later in the evening he could spend his days clerking for a judge or working for a law firm, gaining the experience he needs to become a full-fledged lawyer. I doubt he's done that sort of work-related experience yet because of the demands of being the 6 p.m. anchor.

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    Shawn graduated from law school in 2003, and is already a member of the bar.
    He also is the author of the 26-page article "Restoring Justice” that was featured in Volume 7 of the 2003 Hawaii Bar Journal.
    He is already a very capable attorney, who also has a Masters in political science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Media Guy View Post
    Shawn graduated from law school in 2003, and is already a member of the bar.
    He also is the author of the 26-page article "Restoring Justice” that was featured in Volume 7 of the 2003 Hawaii Bar Journal.
    He is already a very capable attorney, who also has a Masters in political science.
    A couple years ago, he was working with attorney Lowell K.Y. Chun-Hoon (of King, Nakamura & Chun-Hoon), doing labor and employment law, but I don't know if that's still the case. He may not have time to practice at present.

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    Wow, had no idea he had already gained some legal experience already. Talk about making the most of your day. I can't believe he did all that and anchored the news five days a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sin View Post
    Wow, had no idea he had already gained some legal experience already. Talk about making the most of your day. I can't believe he did all that and anchored the news five days a week.
    And I also think he was out for a spell because his momma was sick. So not only is he a work horse, he's a very good son.

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    Still get a chuckle considering Shawn was once an Offensive lineman for UH, and though slimmed down from his playing days, still is a big guy, but on set is dwarfed by Kekaula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvguy View Post
    Still get a chuckle considering Shawn was once an Offensive lineman for UH, and though slimmed down from his playing days, still is a big guy, but on set is dwarfed by Kekaula.
    Meh. You don't have to be THAT big to be one of the o-line.

    As for Kekaula, been wondering when he's going to be a yokozuna.
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    Those in the media business, should follow Shawn's lead and always have a "plan B" ready.

    You never know in this cut-throat industry, what the next day will hold for you.

    Often it seems one is just a paycheck away or a story away from being jobless.

    Always have a Plan B.

    Shawn, I am sure, is probably very disappointed in the change to the 10pm show, but I am sure he is not sweating as heavily as someone who has no safety net or secondary career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    Those in the media business, should follow Shawn's lead and always have a "plan B" ready.

    You never know in this cut-throat industry, what the next day will hold for you.

    Often it seems one is just a paycheck away or a story away from being jobless.

    Always have a Plan B.
    This is the most valuable advice anyone in the industry can take to heart. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. This is television. Don’t be so naïve as to believe skill and competence will always be rewarded. Some of those involved in making these ‘cut-throat’ decisions don’t even see you during the course of your workday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    Those in the media business, should follow Shawn's lead and always have a "plan B" ready.

    You never know in this cut-throat industry, what the next day will hold for you.

    Often it seems one is just a paycheck away or a story away from being jobless.

    Always have a Plan B.
    That explains my weird career in the radio/audio/music biz. I've never had a "Plan A." I've spent more than thirty years somehow ending up in the right places at the right times, knowing/meeting the right people and developing the right mix of unusual, creative and difficult-to-explain skills.

    Yes - I know I am an anomaly, and have been very fortunate. My personal flexibility is a factor. But I would not recommend it as a "plan," and would recommend following pumpkinboy's advice instead.

    Unless you also enjoy following your own less-than-predictable path. I'll never get monetarily wealthy, but in exchange, I have a life rich in unforgettable experiences.

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    Word pumpkinboy, well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuNnL View Post
    This is the most valuable advice anyone in the industry can take to heart. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. This is television. Don’t be so naïve as to believe skill and competence will always be rewarded. Some of those involved in making these ‘cut-throat’ decisions don’t even see you during the course of your workday.
    So true

    If anyone needs more proof just look at the Honolulu Advertiser contract talks.

    I just hope and pray that the above mentioned situation works out for all involved.
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    Now that I think about it I'm more concerned about paula than I am shawn. he's got his law degree and masters in polisci to fall back on. Hope she can get a gig like kim gennalua did. I would think there are many hawaii companies that would be happy to have her as a spokesperson.

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    And, indeed, Paula already does tons for Hawaiian Airlines (inflight videos)

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    Anchoring or not, I think Paula is still a fixture at KITV. Hard to imagine Merrie Monarch coverage without her.

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    Well, yeah, but haven't they been trying to work Mahealani into MMonarch some? Or maybe I'm hallucinating.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of Akana/Ching/Kekaula. They should have left it alone, slow and steady (usually) wins the race, altho' KITV is not making dents in the numbers, except at 5. Hence the temptation to "tinker" - but this is more than tinkering. Phooey...

    KITV does have the best reporting crew; one might think there should be a leadership change? I think the news director there has seniority among his counterparts - hard to believe.

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    I think this move by KITV will backfire, I personally love Shawn and Paula at 6pm and have switched to KHNL for the 6pm news.

    Or KGMB.

    To me, this was a knee-jerk reaction to Kim's departure. I dunno. I'm nobody.

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