Also known as… It had to happen sometime, or It was inevitible. So here goes.
Well I’m at my new station now, working as a producer/reporter. During my job interview my boss said “And with all your years behind the anchor desk you can fill in there as well.” to highlight how many different things I could do for this station. A point I was going to make but one she made for me.
There are only 3 people at this station with more experience behind the anchor desk than me. They are the Morning Anchor, and the two Evening Anchors. The female Morning Anchor actually has less than me. And yet, when one of them gets sick or takes a day off, who do you think gets the fill in job as Anchor? I’m sure you see where this is going.
Fast forward to 2 weekends from now. I report on the weekends. I’m already scheduled to come in those days. The Weekend Anchor (also less experience than me, but she’s good, so I don’t mind) is taking the weekend off. But the schedule has come out and I’m reporting and a guy with zero experience, seriously just a couple of weekend fill-in spots at his old station, will be anchoring while I report. He’s being called in and they will pay him overtime to do it, when I’m already scheduled on the weekend. I have more years behind the anchor desk than he has been in the industry. I was already sitting behind an anchor desk full time while he was still in college. The weekend anchor also helps produce. He is not a producer and doesn’t know how. So I will be out in the field where I can’t help produce, while the weekend producer will have to create three shows with no help, so an inexperienced anchor can just sit back and do nothing until its time for him to read.
Does this make sense? On any level?
Now the guy that makes the schedule does not like me. He’s our Assistant News Director and I do not smilingly do everything he says. I’ve been a News Director, possibly for longer than he has. I’ve trained at least a dozen reporters who have gone on to get jobs in a market of this size or larger. He has very little to teach me. And so when he says something stupid I don’t listen to him. He hates that. And this is the guy who makes the schedule.
I’ll be going over his head to the actual News Director on Wednesday when I go back to work. I’m going to try to stay positive, but it won’t be easy.