Female Reporter a Model Employee, Still Fired

Phil Rosenthal of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE reported Friday that Comcast SportsNet Chicago has fired on-air contributor and producer Jen Patterson.

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While not directly intimating that fraternizing with a member of the Chicago Blackhawks was the reason for Patterson’s ouster, it wasn’t a coincidence that Rosenthal noted this in his piece about her:

Pegged in January as “a rising on-air and off-air TV talent in our city” by Charlie Schumacher, CSN Chicago’s senior news director, Patterson seemed on the verge of gaining status as a bold-face name nearly on par with those she covered.

Just last Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker noted in his column that Patterson and the Chicago Blackhawks’ Nick Boynton “seem to be a nice cozy item … looking very lovey-dovey” at various events.

If you feel bad for Patterson, don’t. From what I heard from folks in Chicago today, she’s got a good reputation and won’t be out of work for long. If at all.

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In fact, this is probably the best thing to happen to Patterson because it puts her on the national media map. With her reputation as a competent professional, it’s Comcast’s loss, not hers.

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Especially when one considers the already incestuous relationship between the Blackhawks and CSN Chicago. Read more…