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June 11, 2007: Women In Media & News is seeking a volunteer who can record KYTX Channel 19’s 5 p.m. newscast for us.
KYTX is a CBS local news affiliate that has hired voluptuous WWE wrestler and former beauty queen Lauren Jones as an on-air news anchor. Despite her lack of journalistic expertise, Jones has been retained by the news department to boost the affiliates’ ratings but, more importantly, to provide the premise for “Anchorwoman,” a new FOX TV reality TV show that will premiere in August. (For more details, see:
Female journalists are systemically marginalized throughout the news business, so it’s particularly frustrating that Jones’ experience outside the wrestling ring has not been in news but as one of “Barker’s Beauties” on the game show “The Price Is Right” and as “Hobo Bikini Model” on “Wonder Showzen,” according to Zap2It.com. This stunt casting says as much about sexism in the media industry as it does about the degeneration of broadcast journalism and hypercommercial entertainment programming alike.
Women In Media & News would like to capture the footage of this journalistic low in advance of FOX’s rollout of “Anchorwoman.” If you’re in Texas and can record KYTX Channel 19’s 5 p.m. newscast for us, please do so, and contact info[at]wimnonline[dot]org so that we can get the footage. (Alternately, if you have digital clippings access and can post clips from Jones’s segments on YouTube or to the WIMN’s Voices group media analysis blog, this would also be helpful.)
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