Former Rhode Island meteorologist says TV news is ‘unequivocal’ about women


Old WJAR meteorologist Kelly bates said she hoped the attention she received after turning down her contract at RI NBC affiliate Providence would help spark a wider conversation about how women are treated on the news. local.

Bates, who told Newsweek The TV news industry is “unequivocal” about women, was in the spotlight last week after announcing she was quitting her weekend weather job at WJAR after 17 years at the station.

“We are held to standards that men are not. Period, ”Bates said. “I think that’s the case in all kinds of industries of course, but TV news is what I’ve worked in, so I can talk about it. It may be our culture, or a relic from a bygone era.

Bates said she didn’t think she would work in the industry again after announcing her sudden departure from the station in an emotion TIC Tac. “As a 49 year old round woman, I can say my television career is over,” she wrote. on Twitter.

Fletcher Fischer, the trade manager of the union that represents WJAR workers, told the Boston Globe that Bates had been offered an “insulting” deal. Fischer also said Bates, who worked part-time at WJAR, needed to replace colleagues who took time to make ends meet.

“I was not happy with how my employment scenario was changing,” Bates said. “Sometimes you just have to move on. That’s life.”

A petition demanding Bate’s return now has nearly 10,000 signatures. Bates said she was “overwhelmed, humiliated” and “above all stunned” by the support she received.

“I knew I had a modest fan base in southern New England, but definitely nothing like it,” she said. “Given the nature of my job, I’m used to a little spotlight, but the attention I’ve received lately is extraordinary. I can’t wait to get back into the workforce and a return to some normalcy.


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