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Mark Strachota Named VP-GM of Weigel Broadcasting’s Milwaukee Stations

Mark StrachotaWeigel Broadcasting has named Mark Strachota vice president and general manager of its Milwaukee properties, including CBS affiliate WDJT, independent station WMLW, Me-TV affiliate WBME and Telemundo affiliate WYTU.

Strachota is currently the general manager of Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In his new role, which begins on March 12, he will also have oversight of MOVIES! Milwaukee, This! TV Milwaukee, Bounce TV and TouchVision.

“Mark is the perfect fit for our Milwaukee stations,” Weigel Broadcasting Co. EVP of local media Bob Ramsey said in a statement. “His leadership skills and knowledge of the Milwaukee market makes him the right person to lead our stations forward.”

Strachota replaces Jim Hall, who was recently promoted to vice president of business development at Weigel.

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WDJT Responds to Recent Complaints

WDJT has responded to TVSpy’s request for comment about the two discrimination complaints recently filed against the station.

In an email, vice president and general manager Jim Hall told TVSpy,

We have received copies of the discrimination charges that were filed by two employees with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS 58 have a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination.  We take any such allegations very seriously, and we are reviewing them with our legal counsel.   However, as a policy, we do not comment on pending legal matters.  We look forward to addressing these matters through the legal process.

Anchor and reporter Shari Dunn filed a complaint on August 30 saying both parent company Weigel Broadcasting and WDJT management maintain “a culture of discrimination where white males are favored over minority females.” Two weeks later, WDJT reporter and Telemundo Wisconsin anchor Carlos Vergara filed a separate complaint alleging he was denied the opportunity to anchor for WDJT in favor of less experienced anchors who spoke only English. This week, a station photographer resigned saying he didn’t feel the station was concerned with his safety.

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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WFAA, WTHR Win Regional News & Documentary Emmy Awards

WFAA and WTHR were the two regional winners at the 33rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, handed out Monday night in New York City.

WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category. The award for “A Day of Weather” was presented to executive producer Valerie Roberts-Evans, producer Eric Valadez and chief director Art MacLaren.

 Related, TVNewser: News and Doc Emmy Awards: PBS, ABC, CBS Lead List of Winners

WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, won Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting Category. Producer Cyndee Hebert, reporter Bob Segall, photojournalist Jim Hall and photojournalist-editor Bill Ditton were honored for “Reality Check: Where Are The Jobs?”

A full list of the winners is here.