According to Media Bistro, Melissa Kim of NBC affiliates WLBZ and WCSH in Bangor and Portland, Maine declined to take part along with fellow news anchor and co-worker Jackie Ward. The two were nominated by Maine Radio station WDEA along with five other news women in the market.
The two were left on the ballot even though they didn’t want anything to do with it.
Their boss Mike Redding told the Daily News “They find it demeaning, and I find it demeaning. Our whole newsroom is offended by it. No journalist worth her salt would participate in a contest like this.”
Apparently WLBZ wasn’t the only one to object to the contest.
WDEA radio released the following statement.
“First, let’s start by saying that we love all of these beautiful ladies! Now, let us say something else. It seems we offended a few of you out there with our use of the word “Hottest” to describe these lovely and talented journalists. It was not our intent to offend, so we’ve changed it to “Favorite.” Sorry about that.”
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