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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Can Anchors Make Enough to Afford Their Own Makeup in Small Markets ?

    Anchoring the news is still a heady and somewhat prestigious gig, but if money is your thing, in smaller markets you are better off being a cop, a teacher or even a waitress in a busy restaurant or bar.
     A survey of anchor salaries ranges from a low of $18,500 to Diane Sawyer's $12M at ABC. 
     Here in Watertown, based on what I know from my time in the biz long ago, I would say the senior anchors here make in the $50 to $ 60K range with the newbies  probably clocking in at $20K to $30K.
     As local news operations have shrunk, so have salaries..but regardless of the money you can't put a price on being recognized on the street...Or so the boss tells you.
      I recall a conversation years ago with I think it was Dennis Honeywell....he was carping about pay and the boss told him its a prestigious job...
      "I had a bowl of that prestige for breakfast and it wasn't very filling," said Dennis.....Or if he didn't say, he should have.

TV news salaries range from millions for Diane Sawyer and Matt Lauer to the low five figures  - NY Daily News

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you are discounting, is that once you are recognized by every local member of the AARP and 1% of the rest of the locals, you can put your brand equity to use by endorsing Depends or doing Cracker Barrel ads.

They really are saving pennies at the expense of dollars in that business. They should spend another 10k and get great looking people then teach them to be talkers after the fact.

Dan Francis said...

The HALO effect is always live and well at this forum. Why is that.

Anonymous said...

does it really matter? they are being paid to "present" information "the news"...they aren't curing cancer or protecting public

Anonymous said...

Considering the looks of the reporters serving the only show in town, WWNY 7, Make up isn't going to do any good. Repeating the news from the day before, taping the broadcast well in advance, I don't see that this is an issue.

Anonymous said...

does it really matter?? they aren't curing cancer. if they don't like the pay then they should find another line of work.

Anonymous said...

Where's Ted Baxter when you need him?

Danny, you should apply!

Anonymous said...

The salaries are low, yes. But finding your true career calling and enjoying your "work" is really priceless. Very few people actually enjoy what they do for a living. Better to be "poor" and truly happy than wealthy and miserable every day.
I refuse to watch the local news here, it's like a flashback from the 80's every day; the set, wardrobe, lighting and lack there of professional make-up. But they're happy campers!

Anonymous said...

Well, they are news readers, not news makers! It's "heady and prestigious" only to those in the business. The audience tunes in for the NEWS, not the readers. Do you stop at the butcher for the meat, or the styrofoam?

They are the packaging, not the product. Maybe someone should inform Mel of that . . .

Anonymous said...

The morning weather woman really needs a teacher on how to dress appropriatly,to quit shaking her knees and please stop interupting when other are talking.The sparkles and low cut tops have got to go1

Anonymous said...

Wherever you go, even New York City there is only about 7 minutes of real news. Then in the cities the overpaid 'Anchors' simply introduce someone else who actually delivers the news item! I don't understand why the big salaries, but then if you bounce a ballie or run real fast with it you can make mega-millions even if you can hardly write your own name!

Anonymous said...

Man-0-Man. Are you guys a bunch of "ham and eggers" or what? My only hope is, it isn't a lot of you writing in, it's just that "librul guy" over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Watch it manoman or you will make him mad and he will take your freestuff away!Though it was nice to see Danny weigh in and impress us with his vast intellect again-in his own mind.