Sunday, November 18, 2007

Viewers upset Ch. 2 dropped Mark Curtis

TV columnist Susan Young says viewers have "flooded her blog" with complaints about Channel 2's decision to replace 5 a.m. anchor Mark Curtis with L.A.'s Dave Clark. "You need to keep it 'real' here in the Bay Area and bringing in plastic talent from the lesser part of the state is not welcome," wrote one viewer. Curtis, who has been on Channel 2 for 14 years [bio], has been demoted from anchor to reporter, and the station has not offered him a contract past January, when his current contract expires, according to Young. She quotes Curtis as saying: "I want to stay in the Bay Area if I can. My children (12 and 15) want to stay here. I'm finishing my Ph.D. and I'd like to cover national politics, which is my area of expertise, or perhaps teach."

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