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Where Is WFOR’s Michele Gillen?

michele-gillen-600x450There’s a mystery afoot in South Florida, focused on CBS-owned WFOR, and its chief investigative reporter, Michele Gillen. “(She) has not been seen in the CBS affiliate’s newsroom in two months, and no one at the station is commenting on her whereabouts,” reports Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet:

But insiders are telling me Gillen, who’s at WFOR for nearly 20 years, walked out after a nasty, public tongue-lashing about her work from colleague Jim DeFede in mid-July — and she hasn’t been at work since.

What started out as a professional conversation degenerated into a shouting match, and Gillen eventually left.

Her last words on the way out: “Hostile work environment!”

We asked station spokesman Lee Zimmerman if Gillen is still employed by WFOR or just on an extended vacation, and he replied: “No comment!”

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Police Say WPEC Not The Station Chief Called ‘Racist,’ WPEC Mad at Blogger’s Report

wpec_304West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC has been cleared by the Riviera Beach police department of disturbing the police chief Friday night, an incident which reportedly led him to call the offending crew racist in an email.

The story, which was first reported by Gossip Extra said Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams called a WPEC crew racist after they disturbed his neighbors and 87-year-old mother when they showed up at his door Friday night looking for answers about an amber alert hat had been canceled.

Now, both Riviera Beach police and WPEC have turned their attention to Gossip Extra and want the media blog to retract its story.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Riviera Police PIO Rose Ann Brown tells Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, “Our investigation has revealed that the news crew that visited the Chief’s home WAS NOT FROM WPEC CHANNEL 12.” Brown adds, “I request that you send an update to your distribution list clarifying that WPEC Channel 12 DID NOT go to the Chief’s home. Thank you for assisting in informing readers that WPEC Channel 12 was not involved in that reprehensible behavior. ”

Lambiet based his report on an email from Chief Williams.

WPEC Michael Pumo tells Gossip Extra, “As you now know the true facts about the incident from last Friday night and that WPEC provided in its story a factually correct representation of that nights events, I’m demanding a retraction due to the conclusion of the police departments investigation.” Pumo then tells Lambiet “Its irresponsible for anyone to suggest that our coverage was racist.”

But Lambiet fired back at WPEC in his own email, “Did the chief deny writing the email?” writes Lambiet. “Whether it was WPEC or anyone else in the chief’s driveway is really of no consequence. He, a public official, accused you of racism without even being sure it was you. Instead of going after him, which you wouldn’t dare doing, you’re complaining about me?” Read more

WPTV Anchor Shannon Cake Going Part Time

WPTV_Shannon_Cake WPTV-WFLX anchor Shannon Cake will stop anchoring for FOX affiliate WFLX.

“It’s something that we worked on for months,” Cake told Gossip Extra‘s Jose Lambiet who first reported the news. “My parents are getting older and my dad had a health scare recently. That was a wake up call.”

“She will continue on as an afternoon anchor for us,” Lloyd Bucher, station manager for NBC affiliate WPTV, told TVSpy. “We think the world of Shannon and are very pleased to have her at WPTV as an integral part of our anchor team.”

WPTV produces the nightly news for WFLX.

Two for One Blooper Deal: WPBF Anchor Drops ‘S’ Bomb and KTVU Reporter Drops a Snot

Since neither of the following bloopers merits a solo post, TVSpy thought we’d deliver them in a double shot of pure schadenfreude.

The first comes to us by way of Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. It’s Felicia Rodriguez from the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF dropping an “Oh shit, yeah!” while tossing to a story about a big lizard.

The second comes from the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate KTVU where reporter Heather Holmes drops a snot and licks it up in one fell swoop. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Juan Carlos Fanjul Signs Off From WPEC

WPEC weekend anchor Juan Carlos Fanjul is leaving the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, according to Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet.

According to Lambiet, Fanjul wants to “seek other opportunities.” The departure comes seven months after Fanjul was was moved from weekday mornings to weekend evenings at WPEC. His last broadcast was Sunday.

Prior to joining WPEC in 2008, Fanjul worked at WGN in Chicago, WSVN in Miami and WHBF in Rock Island, Ill.