Monday, September 22, 2014

Cannabis And F-Bomb Included In On-Air Reporter's Quitting Moment

Now former reporter Charlo Greene at the KTVA
studios in Alaska during happier times.  
You see a lot of churn in local television news personalities. They come, they go, you always see departures and new faces.  

Normally, this happens smoothly and in a friendly manner.

The last night on air for a reporter or anchor includes a brief, heartfelt goodbye, and the new guy or gal that comes in is welcomed with smiles.

Charlo Greene, a reporter at KTVA in Alaska broke that mold over the weekend, complete with NSFW language and very much of a surprise disclosure.

She left her job in epic fashion during the 10 p.m. Sunday newscast by declaring herself the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club and saying "Fuck it, I quit" during a live newscast. 

According to the Independent UK:

"Having grown weary of reporting the news, Greene told viewers she would instead be putting all her energy into the fight to legalize marijuana in the state, having previously reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club without mentioning her connection to it."

Of course, reporting on an organization without disclosing your ties to it is a huge journalistic no-no. In fact, a journalist should not report on anything at all if he or she has close ties to the subject at hand, disclosure or not. 

So Greene probably would have been fired or at least severely reprimanded had that come out before she quit.  

Still, she certainly had a dramatic flair with her departure from KTVA. Burned a few bridges, too, but she probably went out and burned a joint to celebrate afterward, so all is good.

I feel sorry for the main news anchor who was left sitting there after Greene's on air F-bomb.  The anchor understandably looked really mad, and stammered, "We apologize for that," tried to cut to a commercial break, but couldn't, so went on with the news. 

It was awkward, to say the least. 

A message on the KTVA web site this morning apologies for Greene's outburst. 

Heres the video:

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