Cher Calvin's short stint so far as Sharon Tay's replacement co-anchoring KTLA's morning show has not met with much approval at RonFineman.com. The TV site has pointed out some of her less-polished remarks, and in his Friday issue will nominate an on-air exchange with reporter Eric Spillman as one of the most ignorant anchor questions asked on L.A. television. From the audio sent to me:
Calvin: "Can anybody vote for the the L.A. mayor, or if you live in different counties can you not vote? I mean we're talking the outskirts of L.A."
Spillman (total deadpan): "You have to be a resident of the city of Los Angeles. You also have to be registered."
Calvin: "OK, thank you so much. Eric Spillman."
Fineman reported Monday that KTLA news director Jeff Wald has banned personal websites by the on-air talent at Channel 5, due to Calvin's page which had glamour photos of herself. She reportedly said on the site, "I know how to take care of my man." Her site is now blank. Sharon Tay became well-known for the sexy photos on her website while she was at KTLA (and even this month still reigns as the most searched-for Google term that brings new readers to L.A. Observed.) Channel 5 morning co-anchor Carlos Amezcua's more demure website is still up.
Fineman also hears rumors that Amezcua may be too expensive for KTLA and speculates that weatherman Ross King may shift to the entertainment beat.