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WATCH: Flint Reporter’s Road Construction Map Looks Suspiciously Familiar

Siobhan Riley, a reporter for Flint, MI, ABC affiliate WJRT, tried to illustrate which streets would be affected by construction in downtown Saginaw. Instead, she ended up drawing what looked like a penis.

>UPDATE: WJRT news director Jayne Hodak told TVSpy, “This was an innocent mistake on behalf of the reporter. In no way was it intentional.”

“This construction is happening along North Michigan,” she told viewers during last night’s 11:00 p.m news. But it wasn’t until she drew the streets affected by the construction, “…starting at Colton Avenue and going all the way along State Avenue,” that the report seemed like it was code for something else.

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With Karen Gatlin’s Retirement Looming, WJRT Hires Former Anchor Dawn Jones Back

Veteran anchor Karen Gatlin (pictured) is retiring this Spring after 32 years at WJRT, and the Flint ABC-affiliate has hired a familiar face to replace her.

The new noon and 4 p.m. anchor will be Dawn Jones, who is returning to the station after two years out of the television business, according to mlive.com. Jones has been communications director for Flint mayor Dayne Walling since 2009.

“Dawn is just a wonderful person who’s so upbeat and positive,” WJRT news director Jayne Hodak said. “We’re glad she realized that the next chapter after the city is to come back home to us.”

Jayne Hodak Takes Over for Her Mentor as WJRT News Director

Jayne Hodak, who has been serving as WJRT‘s acting news director since April, has officially been named newsroom boss at the Flint ABC-affiliate.

Hodak, WJRT’s assistant news director for the past eight years, took over for longtime news director Jim Bleicher upon his recent departure.  Bleicher, who had been with WJRT for over two decades, left as SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station.

“It’s very bittersweet for me,” Hodak told TVSpy recently about her promotion, saying that Bleicher was her mentor.

“It was really hard in the beginning,” Hodak said of Bleicher’s exit as well as a handful of other staff changes made under the new ownership, “but the focus is now on the day-to-day job of providing the most hours of local news in the market.” Read more

Longtime News Director Jim Bleicher Departs WJRT Amid Ownership Change

Jim Bleicher, who led WJRT‘s newsroom for over two decades, has departed his news director post amid an ownership change at the Flint ABC-affiliate.

According to sources, Bleicher’s final day with WJRT was last Friday–the same day that SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station. Last week the company, which agreed to buy WJRT from ABC in November, announced that general manager Tom Bryson was leaving the station. Bryson was replaced by Peter Veto, who has a longstanding relationship with SJL.

Jayne Hodak, who served as assistant news director under Bleicher, has been appointed acting news director as Veto considers Bleicher’s successor.

Bleicher made an indelible mark on WJRT during his long tenure with the station. Celebrating his recent induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the station said that Bleicher had “hired almost everyone you see each and every day on ABC12.”