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KAKE and Former Reporter React to Dismissed Lawsuit

cerullo_squareBoth sides in the now dismissed lawsuit Jared Cerullo brought against Gray Television, KAKE and news director Michael Sipes are having their say.

Cerullo brought the suit after being fired from KAKE in 2013 for reporting and later tweeting that the defendant in a story he had been covering had pleaded guilty to murder when he had actually pleaded not guilty. Cerullo later made an on-air correction.

“I am extremely disappointed that Judge Henderson dismissed the defamation claim, which was the bulk of my case, instead of allowing a jury to look at the facts and decide for themselves whether or not Sipes did, in fact, defame my character,” said Cerullo.

Cerullo was seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages in his defamation and breach of contract suit.

He told TVSpy he “provided the judge with numerous electronic communications in which Sipes told concerned viewers that I lied about the events surrounding my termination, that I had a history of inaccurate reporting, and that this wasn’t this first time that I had been reprimanded for doing so.” He added, “All of those things are patently false and destroyed any chances I had of getting another similar job in television.”

“We were obviously pleased that Judge Henderson granted our motion for summary judgment and  dismissed two of Mr. Cerullo’s three claims and limited the scope of his remaining claim in a manner that evidently led to Mr. Cerullo’s decision to dismiss his case,” Dan Wall, GM of the Wichita ABC affiliate, said in a statement. “We felt our position in the law suit was correct and our attorneys were preparing to try what was left of the case.  At no point did we make any offer to settle the case.” Read more

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KAKE Adds Weekend, Afternoon Newscasts

Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE has added two new newscasts, one on Sunday mornings and one at 4 p.m. on weekdays, to its lineup.

The Sunday morning newscast, which debuted yesterday, is anchored by Annette Lawless with meteorologist Blake Smith. The 4 p.m. newscast, anchored by Larry Hatteberg and Deb Farris, will debut this afternoon.

“The addition of these two local programs further demonstrates our commitment to local news,” KAKE general manager Dan Wall said in a statement.

The station is currently searching for a replacement for Jeff Herndon, who signed off from the anchor desk last week. Herndon is headed to WFLD in Chicago, where he will co-anchor the evening newscasts.

KAKE Viewers Say Reporter Was Fired, Express Their Anger on Station’s Facebook Page

Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE is facing a wave of viewer wrath after allegedly firing reporter Jared Cerullo.

One viewer commented, “Your ridiculous decision to fire Jared Cerullo, when he apologized right away & rectified his mistake, just lost you a loyal viewer. I’ve watched KAKE news for as long as I can remember. Shame on you.”

While General manager Dan Wall confirmed with TVSpy that Cerullo was no longer with the station, he would not comment on why Cerullo was no longer there. Viewers are saying he was fired because of a mistake he made while reporting a local murder case.

Tuesday, Cerullo was reporting live during the station’s 11:00am news. During the report, Cerullo said defendant Eric Jackson had switched his plea to “guilty” when in fact he had waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Read more