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WCPO Names Bongiorno News Director

Alex Bongiorno has been named news director for E.W. Scripps’ Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

“Alex has a passion for journalism and has a proven track record of being a strong leader that gets results,” Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager of WCPO said in a statement. “She’s a natural fit for our newsroom, having an excellent understanding of the digital and broadcast audiences.”

Bongiorno last worked for WTAE in Pittsburgh. She left the Hearst owned station in October after three years there. She has also worked as news director and executive producer at WSPA in Spartanburg, SC

“I am excited to be joining such a great news operation in such a great city,” said Bongiorno.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

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Justin Antoniotti Named News Director at WTAE

Justin Antoniotti will take over as news director of WTAE, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, beginning today.

It is a move within Hearst for Antoniotti, who comes from WYFF in Greenville, S.C. He has been news director there since 2007. Before that, he was the assistant news director at WISN in Milwaukee, another Hearst station.

“I have been very fortunate to have already worked at two great Hearst Television properties,”Antoniotti said in a statement.  “To now be able to move to WTAE is very special.  I look forward to working with the talented Channel 4 Action News Team and building on the great legacy at WTAE.” Read more

WTAE News Director Bongiorno Says Goodbye

Alex Bongiorno, news director for Pittsburgh’s WTAE since 2009 is leaving the station according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette.

“Alex has decided to leave. I’m not sure if she is going to another job,” the ABC affiliate’s general manager Michael Hayes told the Post-Gazette. “She decided to leave the market for personal and family reasons.”

The Post-Gazette hinted at a possible reason for Bongiorno’s departure,

Channel 4′s May sweeps ratings were down year-to-year (2012 vs. 2011) in many weekday news time slots in household and key demographic ratings.

WTAE Cameraman Set to Stand Trial for Groping Woman During Bogus Interview

WTAE photographer Lenni Todd has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly groping a 21-year-old woman after he tricked her into filming a bogus interview.

According to the Observer-Reporter, Todd decided to wave a preliminary hearing on Monday in an effort to avoid anticipated media coverage, moving the case closer to a trial.

In June, Todd, 58, reportedly conned his way into the woman’s home by telling her that he was shooting video for Animal Planet.  According to court documents, Todd showed up to her house in a vehicle emblazoned with the WTAE logo and used equipment that bore the station’s name. While setting up for the bogus interview, Todd allegedly touched the woman’s breasts and groped her buttocks.

While he wasn’t on duty at the time, Todd told police that he was running late for his 10:30 a.m. shift at WTAE. Read more

Pittsburgh News Directors Consider Joint Agreement on Covering City’s Black Community

In a summit attended by local media officials and black community leaders, the news directors of Pittsburgh’s top three stations said that they were considering signing a joint agreement on coverage policies regarding the city’s black community.

The summit, held at WPXI‘s studios, was part of an ongoing series of meetings put on by the Black Political Empowerment Project, a Pittsburgh organization that works to increase the social standing and political influence of the local African American community.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the meeting was an opportunity for media officials and black leaders to “discuss — and oftentimes vent — about how the city’s black community is covered by television, newspapers and radio.” Read more