You Know…

I may have to start watching Philly TV

PHILADELPHIA – A fired TV newscaster was charged Monday with hacking into the e-mail of his glamorous younger co-anchor hundreds of times for more than two years, as leaked information about her personal life helped lead to her own downfall.
Federal prosecutors say former KYW-TV anchor Larry Mendte gained access to Alycia Lane’s accounts from home and at work — about 537 times between January and May alone — and shared some of the information he found with a reporter. Lane’s attorney said the motive was jealousy, but authorities were silent on Mendte’s motive and his method.
…The allegations are the latest in what is playing out as a titillating local news rivalry that has already ended Lane’s career at KYW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. She was fired in January after a series of embarrassing off-camera incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.

Juicy juicy!

I have to say I just don’t understand why you’d do a lot of this type of stuff. The egos of these people must be insanely, insanely large; I mean, look at what they were getting paid for basically being a pretty face who reads off of a teleprompter

Rosen alleged that Mendte acted out of jealousy, starting when Lane was offered a new contract in February 2005. Lane was making $780,000, or about $100,000 more than her co-anchor, he said.

She was making $780,000 and he was making $680,000.
I’m sending KYW my resume.
And as Cronkite had his “And that’s the way it is..” sign off and Rather had his “Courage, Merry”, so too will I have my trademark phrase:
“And thanks for letting us at KY share your night.”

4 Responses to “You Know…”

  1. Kate P says:

    “Share your e-mail,” you mean?
    I’ve thought Mendte was a jerk for years–long story but I knew someone who knew him personally in the late ’90s. I feel sorry for his family. Did he really think he wouldn’t get caught?
    Not sure what happened to Lane, but maybe being known as just a pretty face (like you said) wore her down. The blond traffic lady on Fox 29 gets drooled over a lot, too, but she’s never gotten arrested. (I doubt she makes $700K+, though, but you never know.) I don’t understand why TV newspeople are such a big deal around here. Is it like that in other metropolitan areas?

  2. Ebola says:

    You’ve obviously never watched Anchorman. =P

  3. nightfly says:

    Heh. I drive a Dodge Stratus!!! Lots of Do You Know Who I Am? going around in the biz. Maybe it’s the interviews and stuff? They spend so much time in the company of celebs and politicians and such (all of whom have egos with their own area codes), and they can’t act like wide-eyed goobers… so they have to assume the same attitude to hold their own, and then they fall for it.
    Just a theory, anyway.

  4. mojo says:

    Or they could actually be overpaid, pretentious jerks, just as they seem.
    Occam’s razor, Nightfly.

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