JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Many people aren’t fond of having to stay at work any longer than they have to, but in the television news business, it happens frequently when sporting events run longer than scheduled. That did not sit well with one Florida sports anchor, who stuck it to NBC network anchor Bob Costas for apparently pushing his newscast back by seven minutes during Olympics coverage.
Dan Hicken, longtime sports director and anchor at Jacksonville’s WLTV News 12, used the introduction into his nightly sportscast to voice his frustration with Costas for not getting off the air by midnight Eastern time, when he is apparently supposed to do so.
As soon as the station’s news anchor tossed to him for sports, Hicken didn’t hold back:
“He did it to us again, he did it again! He does it every four years! Bob doesn’t know that 12 o’clock means 12 o’clock. It doesn’t mean 12:02, it doesn’t mean 12:04. It certainly doesn’t mean 12:07. Bob, when it’s 12 o’clock, you say goodnight! You don’t care, because you’re sleeping right now, and in the morning you’ll wake up with your strawberries and cream as your five-star! Bob! We’re here on the east coast working hard for you! We’re NBC family, Bob!”
“You tell ’em Dan,” one of the news anchors said, before being cut off again by Hicken, who pounded his fist into his palm to hammer home his point.
“12:07 does not work for us! I’m glad we had the little gymnast girls, I’m excited about it, I’m glad we got to interview Michael Phelps six times! But Bob, 12 o’clock — and he’s just starting, it’s just starting, you watch. Mark my words, Jacksonville, tomorrow it’ll be 12:09, 12:10, 12:11 — he starts to push it, that Bob does. I’m done,” he said.
Of course, as he made his transition turn to begin sports, he quickly added in: “I love him though. He’s a great broadcaster.”
There’s no word as to whether or not Costas got the message following the seemingly playful rant.