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Milwaukee’s WDJT Expands Morning Newscast

wdjt_304Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT is expanding its morning newscast by 30 minutes, TVNewsCheck reports.

“We feel it is important to give our viewers an even earlier start to their morning,” WDJT news director Genie Garner said. “When you wake up, what happened overnight, and what the weather is going to be for the day ahead is very important information. Our expanding coverage will give morning Milwaukee news viewers more choices in the morning.”

The expanded morning newscast, anchored by Jessica Tighe and Nate Kuester, will begin at 4:30 a.m.

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WDJT Hit With Second Discrimination Lawsuit in a Month

Weigel Broadcasting and Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT are facing two separate discrimination lawsuits complaints brought within the last month.

On August 30, Shari Dunn, anchor and reporter for WDJT, filed a complaint alleging both the station and its parent company Weigel Broadcasting maintain, “a culture of discrimination where white males are favored over minority females.”

According to the Hispanic News Network Blog, Carlos Vergara, bilingual anchor for Telemundo Wisconsin and reporter for WDJT, filed a complaint alleging he was denied the opportunity to anchor for WDJT in favor of less experienced anchors who spoke only English.

The Hispanic News Network said, according to Vergara’s attorney Cole White, when the anchor told WDJT and Telemundo Wisconsin news director Genie Garner the station doesn’t speak to the community it’s supposed to cover, she said, “we don’t care about them anyway.” White also alleges Garner refers to the Latino community as illegal aliens and that Weigel corporate executives told him they don’t care whom she offends.

>UPDATE: Cole White, Vergara’s attorney told TVSpy they have not filed a lawsuit against WDJT yet. But White did reference our most recent story about the WDJT photographer who quit over safety concerns. ”Recent events have made it clear that there are many more instances of discrimination and many more individuals who have been victim to the stations atmosphere of discrimination, intolerance and bullying,” said White.

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KITV Names Chuck Parker News Director

Chuck Parker has been promoted to news director at KITV in Honolulu.

A managing editor with the station since 2010, Parker has been overseeing KITV’s newsroom since the departure of news director Genie Garner in February.

“Chuck’s deep experience in Hawaii, passion for local news and expertise in multi-platform news generation make him the right choice to lead KITV4 News forward,” KITV president and general manager Andrew Jackson said, announcing the promotion.

Before joining KITV, Parker spent nine years working as an editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

News Director Genie Garner Leaves Honolulu’s KITV

News director Genie Garner has left KITV, the ABC-affiliate in Honolulu.

Garner will be “seeking future opportunities on the mainland,” KITV president and general manager Andrew Jackson told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Her last day was Friday.

Garner joined the station in 2009 from WHAS, the ABC-affiliate in Louisville. Jackson said Chuck Parker, the managing editor of KITV, will be “taking a leadership role” until Garner’s replacement is named.