Dale Hansen Takes a 32 Percent Pay Cut

Uncle Barky has the news that Dale Hansen has signed a contract extension that will keep him at WFAA Channel 8 till 2017. But in 2014, when his current contract expires, he will take a 32 percent pay cut — which he’s happy with. The TV news business has changed since the glory days when the top anchors in Dallas made $600,000 and up. But when Hansen tells Ed Bark, “I do think it’s somewhat important that people — especially at Channel 8 — know I play by the same rules,” I’m sure some people in the Channel 8 newsroom make bitter beer face. Because 68 percent of whatever Hansen is making now is still a lot more than they’ll ever make.

In any case, Hansen is still, for my money, the best anchor on local TV. (Waiting for Eric Celeste to have conniption in the ATL.)

9 comments on “Dale Hansen Takes a 32 Percent Pay Cut

  1. Tim, you buried the lede. We also learned in that post that Uncle Barky is now on Twitter.
    This move comes nearly three years after he bashed Hansen and Pete Delkus for using it and said he is not a “tweeter,” going on to say in the comments that Twitter was just a fad.

  2. Totes magotes fine with Dale getting all the money he can before he’s replaced by Gordon Keith.

  3. Hansen may or may not be the best anchor on local tv, but he is certainly th’ most popular. FAAnews has become as soft as everyone elses; at least Dale keeps it entertaining.

  4. A-geee-gee-geee! Get it Dale! The day Gordon Keith does the sports is the day channel 8 is deleted from my televisions memory. Sorry Gloria.

  5. Never used the words “just a fad,” either in the story or in comments. But you’re right. I didn’t tweet at the time, and thought that much of the chatter on Twitter was childish at best. Guess I’ve grown up, although I still use Twitter sparingly, and mainly used it from press tour as an alternative to unclebarky.com, because all of my posts from out there were for locatetv.com.

    Looks as though Tim didn’t see the Tweets on Dale either. His post and link (thank ya, Tim) came two weeks after my initial tweets on Dale’s new contract extension. Guess he needs to follow.