There was a time when the sudden exodus of three high-profile personalities would have been cause for alarm, if not embarrassment, in the executive suites of a television station. But not anymore. At least not at WBBM-Channel 2.
In the span of just five days last month, the CBS-owned station lost three familiar faces -- political editor Mike Flannery, weatherman and technology reporter Ed Curran and news anchor Anne State. Since then, beyond issuing perfunctory statements wishing them well, Channel 2 management has declined to make any comment or offer any explanation about the rash of departures. So we're left to figure it out for ourselves.
Although the circumstances in each case were different, the underlying issue in all three was, in one way or another, money.