|Heather Holmes and Frank Somerville|
A few years ago under the Cox Media ownership, Holmes went to management and essentially gave an ultimatum: "either get me a primetime spot or I'm outta here." She got her wish and moved out of the weekend and into more weeknight work but only on an interim basis.
That said, I've never figured out Holmes' appeal; I acknowledge her fem fatale looks and demeanor but that doesn't make her a special news reader. She's adequate at best and completely overrated. She frequently stumbles reading the teleprompter and isn't the best ad-libber, which given KTVU's Happy Talk format, is important. Furthermore, Holmes is a terrible interviewer and looks foolish asking dumb questions on Channel 2's talk-back segments on Breaking News stories.
Much of her appeal comes from the middle-aged, horny-male Fremont-Burlingame-Walnut Creek demo and while that's important in today's local TV News domain, it's not paramount. Moreover, Julie Haener isn't exactly washed-up and looks just as splendid (if not better) as Holmes does. Plus, unlike Holmes, Haener asks better questions and is much more adept at ad-libbing, advantage Jules.
Perhaps the wildcard here is Somerville, the veteran tonsil who clearly likes and respects Haener but is sensitive to Holmes position. Ultimately, it is Somerville whose feedback might dictate the ultimate decision but that's a long time away.
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