CBS anchor Rob Morrison, belly up

Rob Morrison on the front of the 'Post.' ()
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Rob Morrison resigned yesterday from his anchor post at WCBS-TV as a result of his arrest last weekend for allegedly choking his wife, CBS MoneyWatch reporter Ashley Morrison, during a domestic dispute in their Darien, Conn. home.

What does it all mean for Morrison's future in the news business?

“His biggest problem is not the criminal case in Connecticut. His biggest problem is his career, and is this a career-ender or can he make a comeback from these charges?," Paul Callan, the attorney and CNN legal analyst who represented former WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones in her 2011 false rape-report scandal, told FishbowlNY. "I think it is a very serious blow."

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We did a similar audit of local anchor Greg Kelly's career chances back when he was accused of rape a year ago. In that case, however, it was clear early on that the case might have been meritless; Morrison does not appear to be in the same position. In Kelly's case, if the case were dismissed or he was proven innocent, it looked like he'd be able to come back. In Morrison's case, even if no charges are filed, we know what he did. The law may turn out to be uninterested, but viewers will not.

The Morrison saga has been good business for the tabloids. But as Poynter noted earlier this week, the coverage by local TV outlets has been somewhat muted.

At least one of them covered Morrison's resignation last night. You can watch the WPIX report below.

In other news...

Bob Beckel's half-baked mea culpa for his incendiary rape remarks on Fox News. [The Huffington Post]

Julie Moos is leaving Poynter for McClatchy. [WaPo/Erik Wemple]

And the awards for longest article, at 36 pages and 24,105 words, ever written in Time magazine goes to Steven Brill. [WaPo/Erik Wemple]

The Atlantic has a new design. [Adweek]

HuffPost Live's views are growing significantly, but is it the future of web video? [FastCompany]

The end of Patch as we know it? [Business Insider/SAI]

The Economist is considering an audio-only subscription. [journalism.co.uk]

The exclusivity of The New York Times' front page. [NYT/Public Editor's Journal]

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