Why is anyone surprised ...
... that this has happened in TV news? Fox parachutes model in to small Texas TV market to serve as anchor so it can produce a reality show.
http://www.star-telegram.com/389/story/142950.html (Not necessarily the news)
I love two of the comments:
"In a market this size, you especially need to do local news, and when you do it, you have to spend a lot of money. It's a slow ratings build, because you're changing [viewer] habits," [station owner] Hurley explains. "I ran into him, we got to talking and I said I'd be interested, because what it does for me is it creates an interest to sample my product."And
"I always wanted to be an anchor ever since I was a little girl," says Jones, 24. "My biggest idols were Katie Couric and Connie Chung. I also like Ryan Seacrest. He's got that comedic thing going on.
"I got a bit sidetracked because, when I was in college, I wasn't exactly sure what to major in. I was modeling to pay my way through college. ... I kept thinking, 'This is great, but I've got to turn myself around.'"