Thursday, April 24, 2008

Career Nosedive

Ever wanted to know what the trifecta was for ruining your career as a TV news executive??? Well, the GM at a station here in Boston just gave us all a little instruction.


Ch. 7 GM on medical leave, ‘regretful’ after Logan arrest

By Jessica Fargen
Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Channel 7 general manager who was arrested after what police described as a booze-fueled tirade at Logan International Airport Sunday is undergoing “medical treatment” after creating a public relations nightmare for the flashy TV station.

Sunbeam Television Corp., the parent company of WHDH-Ch. 7, disclosed the treatment in a statement today about embattled GM Randi Goldklank.

The statement issued by Sunbeam Television Corp. President Ed Ansin reads: “The unfortunate events of last Sunday night were unanticipated and Ms. Goldklank is deeply regretful. She is currently undergoing medical treatment and is on administrative leave from the company. We wish her a speedy recovery, as do her many friends in Boston and throughout the broadcasting industry.”

The statement goes on to call Goldklank an “outstanding broadcast executive with a record of great success.”

Goldklank, 40, was arrested Sunday night and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer after an incident aboard a plane bound for Boston. She allegedly broke an officer’s glasses, told EMTs she had had three dozen drinks and unleashed an obscenity-laced tirade.

According to a police report, Goldklank threatened to put an officer “on TV and ruin your life,” and screamed, “do you know who the (expletive) I am? Ill have a news crew down here in minutes and you will lose your (expletive) jobs you (expletives).”

Goldklank has worked for Sunbeam Corp. in Miami and Boston since 2001 as a sales executive. She has been general manager of WHDH/WLVI [website] since July 2007.

Mike Carson, who was the previous general manager of WHDH/WLVI, has continued to work as a consultant to the stations, according to the statement. Effective next week, he will temporarily reassume his responsibilities as general manager.

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