OLD Media Moves

Denver TV biz reporter disappears from air after one week on job

December 24, 2009

Roy Edroso of Denver Westword wants to know what happened to morning business reporter Jason Martinez of local NBC affiliate 9News, who was hired with much fanfare and then hasn’t been seen on the air in more than a week.

Edroso writes, “It sounded like a big deal when 9News, an NBC affiliate, hired Martinez earlier this month to replace longtime Denver fixture Gregg Moss, since the newcomer had honed his chops at news powerhouse KTLA in Los Angeles. Martinez’s first day on the job was Wednesday, December 16 — but he hasn’t appeared on Channel 9 since. What’s more, Martinez’s introduction and bio have been pulled from the 9News website. What’s up with the disappearing act?

“Mark Cornetta, 9News general manager, wouldn’t discuss Martinez with Off Limits. ‘I’m not going to comment on employees,’ he said.

“Maybe not on ex-employees, either. The day of Martinez’s first Denver broadcast, Cornetta and other 9News employees received an e-mail accusing Martinez of being a ‘sick individual’ with a ‘sex addiction.’ The e-mail, which was from an address that no longer exists, included lurid messages that Martinez had supposedly sent to KTLA colleagues.”

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