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Jimmy Cromwell Upped To VP-GM at WJTV-WHLT

Jimmy Cromwell will take over as vice president and general manager at two Media General stations in Mississippi, WJTV in Jackson and WHLT in Hattiesburg, on September 19. Both stations are CBS affiliates.

The move marks a promotion for Cromwell, who has been WJTV’s director of revenue since 2009. Before that, he has held sales management positions at Birmingham’s WBMA, Atlanta’s WGCL and Jacksonville’s WJXX.

“Jimmy is a sales veteran and his familiarity with the region and our Jackson and Hattiesburg markets makes him well-suited to deliver for us,” John Cottingham, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader.

Cromwell replaces Robert Romine, who starts as president and general manager of WSPA-WYCW in Spartanburg next week.

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Overcoming Court Injunction, WDAM Airs Controversial Video of Inmate Abuse

WDAM is now airing controversial surveillance video that shows inmate abuse at a juvenile detention center after winning its case in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the court threw out an injunction, filed by the Forrest County Youth Court, that had barred the Hattiesburg NBC-affiliate from airing video showing abuse at the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

WDAM aired the graphic surveillance video on Thursday evening, with reporter Mike McDaniel, who has has been working on the story for several weeks, finally able to broadcast his full investigation. Video inside… Read more

Over 30 Media Organizations Back WDAM in Court Appeal Over Inmate Abuse Video

WDAM, an NBC-affiliate in Hattiesburg, announced last week that it has received the support of several major media organizations in its appeal to the Mississippi State Supreme Court seeking the right to air video that reportedly shows abuse of inmates at a local juvenile detention center.

WDAM has been fighting an injunction on broadcasting the footage ordered by youth court judge Mike McPhail on January 13.  McPhail said that the station did not provide enough evidence to show a need for airing the footage, which allegedly includes images of guards at the Forrest County Detention Center beating juvenile inmates.

According to the Raycom Media-owned station, over 30 media organizations are backing WDAM in its appeal, including CBS Broadcasting, Tribune Co., Hearst Corp., and the RTDNA.  Full list of supporters after the jump… Read more