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WEEK Viewers Start Online Petition to Get Favorite Anchor Back

mcnamee_week_croppedAt least 100 viewers of WEEK are looking to use the internet to force the Peoria, IL, NBC station to undo a recent anchor change.

A viewer named John Arnold of East Peoria, IL, started a petition on change.org titled “WEEK News 25 and Granite Broadcasting: Put Ashley McNamee back on the air!”

For some unknown reason the management at WEEK/WHOI has taken Ashley McNamee off the air. She is no longer anchoring/co-anchoring the news at 5 and 6 p.m.. She has finally been put back to anchoring the 10 o’clock news. But,I would like the management to put her back on the air with all of her duties before you took her off the air. WEEK’s news is much better and runs smoother when Ashley is there. Please support this petition.

WEEK president and general manager Mark DeSantis told TVSpy he isn’t aware of the petition. He added, “Ashley continues to anchor the 10pm newscasts each night with Tom McIntyre, Chuck Collins and Lee Hall.”

According to her bio, McNamee started her career as a reporter for ABC affiliate WHOI in January 2008. She began anchoring the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. in 2011.

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Peoria Anchors Scramble for Shelter When Tornado Hits Station


A tornado tearing through East Peoria pushed two anchors for the local NBC station WEEK off the air after the twister hit part of the station’s property yesterday morning.

Meteorologists Chuck Collins and Sandy Gallant were giving viewers on-air updates about the approaching tornado when they said they heard something. They scrambled for shelter at 11:00 a.m., leaving the anchor desk while the station went to a break.

Seven minutes later, they were back on. “OK, guys. We just had a very scary situation to report. WEEK’s TV studios was hit by…it appears to be a tornado,” said Gallant. “We were on the air just a few minutes ago. You may have seen us go off the air rather quickly and that is because, obviously, we could hear the sound of a train right outside of our station.”

“We had some slight roof damage and some power hits yesterday, and we had to go off air,” WEEK producer Greg Smith told TVNewsCheck. “But we were back up within a few minutes. We were pretty lucky.”

Gallant later told Collins on-air, “Chuck, I want to give you a hug right now because that was something else.”