FTVLive has learned that CBC Calgary Anchor Rob Brown is sleeping with his Co-Anchor.
And get this, his boss, co-workers, viewers and even his wife are totally cool with it.
Brown's co-anchor is Rosa Marchitelli.
Marchitelli also happens to be Brown's wife.
Until now, the two operated largely as competitors — she worked for CBC in Vancouver, while he was with CTV British Columbia. They will take over the anchor desk on Sept. 9 as the permanent replacements for Nirmala Naidoo, who left CBC Calgary in February.
“We are news nerds,” says Marchitelli, on the line from Vancouver. “We drive our kids crazy with the news talk in our house. We’re very like-minded in terms of our interests.”
The new post will be a homecoming for Marchitelli, who was born and raised in Calgary. She met Brown, a Vancouver native, in 2000 when they both worked at an Edmonton TV station. She was the consumer affairs reporter and he worked the night shift.
They now have three young sons, an eight-year-old and six-year-old twins.
“The big discussion, of course, is the 24/7 nature of it,” Marchitelli says. “Ten years, three kids later, that was a big part of the discussion. How do you navigate stuff like that, your personal life and your professional life, the togetherness of it. It is unchartered territory.”
Both Marchitelli and Brown have anchor experience at the respective stations, with Marchitelli hosting CBC News Vancouver at Six and Brown co-anchoring CTV News at Five for CTV British Columbia. Brown was also the Vancouver bureau chief of CTV National News.
“In the private sector, there are still some of those who are still host personalities rather than journalists,” Brown says about the anchor job. “But I couldn’t do it any other way. First and foremost, I don’t think I’ll ever consider myself an anchor. I’m a reporter. I was thrust into it straight out of (journalism) school, that was the goal.”
“We’re not the kind of couple that has really vocal fights,” Marchitelli says. “Just like we would discuss things at home, we plan to discuss things in the workplace. Different issues of course. We’re talking about news content and delivery versus what school to send our kids to... I don’t see the mode of communication being any different for us than it is now.”
H/T Calgary Herald