Wednesday, December 01, 2010

CBS fires Maggie Rodriguez

Maggie Rodriguez
Former WFOR anchor Maggie Rodriguez has been "dropped" from CBS's "Early Show."

Here's how the Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin reported the news this morning:
Miami television anchor Maggie Rodriguez's fairy-tale rise through the ranks of network television came to an abrupt end -- or, at the least, a rest stop -- on Tuesday, when CBS dumped her as part of a ruthless makeover of The Early Show, its daybreak newscast.

Rodriguez, co-anchor Harry Smith and weatherman Dave Price were all ousted from the show, which routinely gets clobbered in the Nielsen ratings by NBC's Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America.

``This is no reflection on Harry or Maggie or Dave,'' CBS News President Sean McManus told The Miami Herald from New York. ``They did exactly what we asked them to do. But the ratings suggested that we needed to make a wholesale change.''
As Miami New Times notes, it hasn't been a good year for Miami local news veterans who've gone national.

Two months ago today, CNN fired former WSVN anchor Rick Sanchez after he made some unfortunate comments about his bosses at CNN.

And CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, who once toiled in the trenches at WTVJ, has looked on helplessly as her ratings have plummeted to an all-time low.

Sanchez, Couric and Rodriquez aren't the first newsies from the Miami TV market to bomb in the Big Apple.

In 1992, Jackie Nespral - then an anchor at Univision - accepted a job as weekend co-host of the Today Show. Two years later she left the network, after tiring of a weekly commute to be with her family in Miami. Upon her return she joined WTVJ as an anchor.

In the late 90's, former NBC6 reporter Jose Diaz-Balart had a disastrous run on CBS's morning show.

But in the summer of 1997, failure was the farthest thing from Maggie's mind as she let her hair down at a going away party in downtown Miami.

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