News 9 made sure to let their eagle-eye viewers know everything was out of whack by placing the following announcement in the news scroll:
As I mentioned, this isn’t the first time News 9 has messed things up since they moved to their new downtown studios, fired most of their production staff, and switched to an automated robotic production system.
Their debut broadcast was such a disaster that they had to scrap another broadcast later that week. In addition to that, the station’s new set has been widely panned by people in the industry, becoming a point of contention with station’s ownership.
As a result, News 9 has apparently parted ways with Todd Spessard – their Vice President of Content.
Todd has been with News 9 and Griffin Communications for over 12 years, and once served as the station’s news director. I guess he was involved with the failed transition to automation and the new set design, and as result, now finds himself on the cutting room floor.
That’s a shame. I was going to try to reach out to Todd and confirm the news via Twitter, but that’s kind of difficult:
Anyway, we wish Todd the best of luck in his future content adventures. We also wish News 9 the best of luck in finding a new Vice President of Content.
If I were them, I’d look to hire a local person with a long, proven track record of producing clickable and engaging content. You know, someone with a knack for news, deep knowledge about the OKC market, and access to a vast network of sources and insiders.
I don't know if that person exists, but I wish them the best of luck in finding them.