The latest casualty in the hiring industry became Kim Carrigan, as Fox 25’s morning show, Boston’s True and Tried, decided to shrink audiences and pay cheaper for forgettable faces on their season opener.
In today’s society, being a prominent female news anchor can be a perilous career choice, but Carrigan insists that she would not have opted for any other career path.
Carrigan conveyed to the Herald yesterday that although it may carry a certain level of risk, it is definitely worthwhile. “Up until this moment, my television experience has been incredibly positive, and I genuinely hope that it is not coming to an end. There is nothing I would exchange it for. The current circumstances I find myself in might elucidate the extent of the risks involved.”
Carrigan, who has been working in Boston TV news for 17 years, was asked by the news director at Fox 25 to see her last show on Tuesday. The news director at Fox 25 told her that it was her last show and asked her to renew her contract, as A.J. Burnett, the Meteorologist who had been at the station for eight years, was let go on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman from Fox 25.
Carrigan, a mother of two who joined Fox 25 in 2004 following her employment at WHDH and WBZ, conveyed, “I’m feeling blue.”
Carrigan said, “I have been so good to the audience, and I love the audience.” “My intention was to stay. I am disappointed, but I am not going to say that I am shocked. I really hoped for a different outcome.”
Younger journalists, who are usually not well-paid, are increasingly being sent to report from remote areas that are not typically covered by news stations. Susan Walker, a former news producer at Channels 7 and 5 and currently a journalism professor at Boston University, succinctly summed up the riskiness of being at the top of the field, saying that it’s like wearing a bull’s-eye on your face.
“Opportunities nowadays are extremely uncommon,” as a few BU alumni have embarked on the “conventional, on-screen anchor path” but have ultimately abandoned it, according to Walker.
Walker expressed his disappointment regarding the negative impact on local news. He lamented the departure of someone as talented as Kim Carrigan. Walker also emphasized the current vulnerability of individuals who are earning significant income. He mentioned the eventual attainment of a prestigious position.
Sandra Geller, Carrigan’s agent, said that Carrigan still maintains a positive outlook despite the very challenging circumstances she works under. She won’t let being constantly criticized at “Fox” bring her down, and she won’t miss a beat every day.
Carrigan said he knows what experiencing is, ousted in 2008, Bob Lobel, an icon in the world of sports, was another former stalwart of Channel 4. Natalie Jacobson and Liz Walker, long-familiar faces of WBZ, are also tight in the market. But Carrigan said she doesn’t regret turning down a prime-time job in another major market last fall to stay in her family’s home in Boston.
Lobel stated the previous day, “In the past, there existed a period wherein you resided in a particular location for a duration of 25 years.” However, he further remarked, “It seemed that the entirety of your achievements ultimately played a role in your departure from the establishment. Given the economic and corporate circumstances, it was an unfavorable environment.”