It’s not you, it’s the money…

(from – WKMG and Jacqueline London both agree that her departure from the station was a money issue.

WKMG General Manager Skip Valet last week released a statement that cited the tough economy, which didn’t make it feasible for the station to employ three anchors for 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

In an interview, London told me that station management stressed that her removal had nothing to do with her performance and everything to do with the amount of her contract.

But London’s being an anchor was important to many people for reasons beyond money. She was just the third African-American — after Annetta Wilson and Jackie Brockington — to anchor a weeknight newscast on one of the major network affiliates here.

I heard from a reader who wondered why that was such a big deal these days. Well, viewers appreciate seeing people like them in those positions of responsibility….Cont….

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