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Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:

Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.

Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?

[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.

“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”

Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.

DC FOX Reporter Scores Interview With CIA Twitter Eavesdropper Despite ‘No FOX’ Pledge


Tom Matzzie, the man otherwise known as the guy who tweeted what former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden was saying while giving off the record conversations on his train ride between Washington, DC and New York, publicly said he will not be doing any interviews with FOX News about the tweet up.

But Matzzie never said anything about local FOX stations. Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter for FOX owned WTTG in Washington, DC, appealed to Matzzie via twitter to do an interview with him.

Matzzie turned back to twitter, this time for answers. “oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.”

Apparently twitter said, “Yes.” Matzzie did a phone interview with Fitzgerald Friday night. Said Matzzie about eavesdropping on the former NSA and CIA chief, “He wasn’t [inaudible] like, having one private conversation. He was having multiple conversations about the same topic.”

As Steve Chenevey Returns to WTTG, Tony Perkins Moves to Evenings

chenevey perkinsWith Steve Chenevey (left) set to rejoin Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., next month, changes are afoot for the station’s morning and evening anchor lineups. Chenevey will co-anchor the morning newscast beginning November 4 and Tony Perkins (right) will move to evenings beginning October 28.

“I am thrilled to announce Steve’s return to the FOX 5 family and Tony’s move to evenings. This new talent lineup will enhance our incredible bench of reliable and engaging news anchors, who continue to keep our commitment to bringing viewers relevant and compelling local news,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Chenevey, who was most recently the morning anchor at rival WJLA, will co-anchor “Fox 5 Morning News” alongside Allison Seymour. Perkins, who has been WTTG’s morning anchor since 2012, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast with Laura Evans and the 10 p.m. newscast with Shawn Yancy.

“I’ve always been a believer that you actually can go home again and I’m incredibly fortunate to get the chance to return to my FOX 5 News family. I’m ready to jump back in without skipping a beat,” Chenevey said. “I can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and reunite with our loyal viewers.”

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

WUSA Anchor Seeks Dismissal From Suit Over Alleged School Scam

JC-HAYWARDJC Hayward, the WUSA anchor and vice president for media outreach being investigated for mismanagement of funds at a district charter school, has asked to be removed from the case.

Last week, Hayward was named in a civil suit alleging officials at the Options Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. had siphoned off millions of dollars from the school into their own private companies. Hayward was chairman of the school’s board of trustees at the time of the alleged wrongdoing.

According to The Washington Post, Hayward’s lawyer filed papers Wednesday with a D.C. Superior Court Judge to remove Hayward from the case saying the anchor for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate “not only did not benefit financially from the alleged scheme but was entirely unaware of its existence.”

WUSA reports Hayward’s filing doesn’t address “the District claim that JC herself incorporated one of the companies that allegedly benefited from the insider deals.”

No criminal charges have been filed yet. Hayward was suspended from WUSA last week pending further investigation.

After Nearly Two Years at WJLA, Steve Chenevey Will Return to WTTG

SteveCheneveyAlmost two years after leaving WTTG for rival WJLA, Steve Chenevey is set to return to the Fox owned station in Washington D.C., TVSpy has learned.

Staffers at ABC affiliate WJLA were told of Chenevey’s departure this afternoon, we’re told. He begins in November at WTTG; it is not immediately clear what his assignment will be.

Chenevey, who spent nine years as the morning anchor at WTTG, has most recently served as a general assignment reporter at WJLA. He was originally hired at the station as the morning and noon anchor.

Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji to Co-Anchor WJLA Morning Newscasts

autria godfreyWashington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA is shuffling anchors for its morning newscast, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

After just 10 months at the anchor desk, Scott Thuman is moving back into his previous role as senior political reporter. In a strange turn of events, Thuman will be replaced by Autria Godfrey (pictured), who is his ex-wife. Godfrey will anchor alongside Jummy Olabanji, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Cynne Simpson left WJLA.

“Together they make a lively, engaging and intelligent team,” WJLA general manager Bill Lord wrote in a note to staffers. “…I want to thank Scott Thuman for his hard work and dedication to hosting and helping out in a myriad of ways on Good Morning Washington.”

WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras on Preventative Double Mastectomy: ‘The Risk Was Definitely There’

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WJLA meteorologist Jacqui Jeras is opening up about the preventative double mastectomy she underwent last month (video above).

Jeras made the decision to undergo the surgery because she has a family history of the disease. Doctors found a small tumor that had a 15 percent chance of becoming cancerous, Jeras revealed.

“That makes me feel better about doing what I did. It just kind of confirms that the risk was definitely there,” she said.

WUSA Anchor Named in Lawsuit and ‘Relieved of Her Duties’

JC-HAYWARDWUSA reports JC Hayward, noon anchor and vice president for media outreach for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate, has been suspended after she was named in a lawsuit brought by the Washington, D.C. Attorney General.

The lawsuit also names three former managers of Options Public Charter School for at-risk youth who are accused of funneling nearly $3 Million of the school’s money into their own private companies.

According to The Washington Post, the suit alleges Hayward helped the three since she was the chair of the school’s board of trustees and signed off on many of the contracts.

Documents filed with the court papers show that the signature of Hayward, who allegedly helped incorporate one of the companies, appears to be on some of the expensive contracts.

Hayward told WUSA she did nothing wrong and never received any money in her role as chair for schools’ board. She also told WUSA she resigned from the board last week. Read more

Dana Hahn Joins WTTG as News Director

Dana Hahn will join WTTG-WDCA, Fox’s duopoly in Washington, D.C., as vice president and news director.

Hahn moves to D.C. from Detroit, where she has been vice president and news director at Fox-owned WJBK for 12 years. She began her career at Fox as WJBK’s broadcast operations coordinator in 1996.

“Dana led WJBK to the #1 position and under her leadership, maintained its role as the market leader for many years. Her creativity, signature style and news acumen is unmatched and I look forward to seeing her influence on our newscasts,” WTTG VP-GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired last month. More from WTTG after the jump. Read more

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