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Nurse Says CEO of West Virginia Station Group was ‘Grossly Reckless’ During Insurance Exam

WVMediaThe Charleston Daily Mail reports a registered nurse is suing the CEO of West Virginia Media Holdings, parent company of TV stations in West Virginia and Ohio, over claims he left her with post traumatic stress disorder after an insurance physical.

Melinda Heiss says she went to the Huntington, WV, CBS affiliate WOWK to perform a physical on Bray Cary, Jr. because he was buying life insurance. Heiss says Cary became “very hostile and belligerent” towards her when she started asking questions during the physical.

Heiss claims Cary twice pulled hair out of her head while grabbing her phone away from her. She also said he used an office rather than a restroom to pee into his urine sample cup and came out of the office with his pants unzipped.

Heiss said he was “very rude and insulting” when he gave her the sample. The lawsuit claims Cary’s conduct during the examination was “willful, wanton, grossly reckless and indifferent to its effects” on Heiss and was “rude, crude, belligerent, insulting, provoking” and caused the woman to fear for her safety.

Heiss alleges the entire ordeal caused her to suffer severe emotional distress, so much so that she quit her job “because she was no longer able to perform her duties as a registered nurse.” She also claims that a psychiatrist diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more

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Public TV Station Gives New Jersey Viewers Another Choice for Local News

FNL-NJTV-News-logoNew Jersey’s largest cities sit so close to New York and Philadelphia, that they, along with the rest of the Garden State’s nearly nine million residents have basically been cut and pasted into the DMA maps of the two major cities across the state’s border.

While the stations in the largest and fourth largest TV markets in the country cover New Jersey, Garden State residents looking for news focused solely on their state have few choices.

But recently NJTV, New Jersey’s public TV network operated by New York’s WNET, revamped its existing news product and has added its voice to the two other outlets based in New Jersey, FOX owned WWOR with “Chasing New Jersey” and WMGM, the Southern New Jersey NBC affiliate.

TVSpy asked Phil Alongi, Jr. the executive producer of “NJTV News with Mike Schneider” what it means for the Garden State to have its own news product reaching into all of the state’s 21 counties, especially with viewers of WMGM fearing for its future after the station was sold to LocusPoint Networks.

“On election night, we had 14 live remotes from all across the state, live speeches plus interviews with two former Governors and a panel of experts,”Alongi said. “Nobody even came close to that.”

Viewers rely on local news stations to do more than weather and traffic updates. Local stations are also expected to keep and eye on elected officials, something no station can expect to do well across multiple state lines. “I think you see it across the country where television outlets have shrunk their statehouse coverage, for example. Politicians are all too happy to let things slip through the cracks. Our bread and butter is probably politics and government. Decision makers from the governor’s office to the legislature and local governments watch us every night to get the latest.”

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David J. Barrett Named Chairman, Jordan Wertlieb Named President of Hearst Television

Hearst Television has announced two promotions: David J. Barrett has been named chairman and CEO and Jordan Wertlieb has been named president. Both promotions are effective immediately.

Barrett was named CEO of Hearst-Argyle Television in 2001 and continued in that role when the company was re-named Hearst Television in 2009. He joined Hearst as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations in 1984.

In a statement announcing the promotions, Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. called Barrett “an important leader at Hearst.” Read more

Allan Pizzato Named GM of WYES in New Orleans

Allan Pizzato will be the next general manager of WYES, the PBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Pizatto is a former executive director of Alabama Public Television. His tenure there ended publicly over the summer, the New Orleans Times Picayune reports:

Pizzato’s tenure in Alabama ended amid controversy in June when he and another executive of the statewide APT network were fired by the Alabama Educational Television Commission.

According to several published reports, Pizzato’s ouster came during a board dispute over a push by one board member to air programming on the network produced by an evangelical Christian group.

We knew that he was available as a result of the controversy,” Herschel L. Abbott, Jr., who ran the search committee, told the Times-Picayune. “He certainly made full disclosure, and it did not bother either the search committee or the executive committee of the board.” Read more

Ingrid Johansen Named News Director at WNCT

Ingrid Johansen has joined WNCT, the CBS affiliate for Greenville, NC, as news director.

Johansen, who had been out of TV for four years, last managed the congressional campaign for Frank Palombo, who lost his bid to represent North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to challenger Walter Jones, Jr. in that race’s primary.

Previously, Johansen was news director at Greenville’s ABC affiliate WCTI.

>Update: WNCT vice president and general manager Vickie Jones told TVSpy, “Ingrid has television news management experience, local market knowledge, and a passion for news… All attributes that make her uniquely qualified to lead the best television news team in Eastern North Carolina!”

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Hearst, WCVB Celebrate Anniversaries at Joint Party

Hearst threw a party at Boston’s Museum of Fine arts Thursday night to celebrate two milestone events: Hearst turning 125 and WCVB, the company’s ABC affiliate, turning 40.

The event, which was attended by 250 guests, included a private screening of Citizen Hearst at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among the attendees: musician John Legend, Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., WCVB general manager Bill Fine, anchor Susan Wornick, traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, past general manager Paul LaCamera, reporter Liam Martin (pictured left), anchor Emily Riemer (pictured center) and meteorologist JC Monahan (pictured right).

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Bill Lord Promoted to General Manager of WJLA

Bill Lord has been promoted to general manager of Allbritton Communications’ properties in Washington, DC: ABC-affiliate WJLA and regional cable channel NewsChannel 8.

Lord is currently the station manager at both properties. He has been station manager at WJLA for eight years and was previously the vice president of news there.

“We have been quite impressed with how adept Bill has been in coordinating the multiple Washington platforms – broadcast, cable and web,” Allbritton president Frederick Ryan, Jr. said in a statement. “He is an exceptional leader with a savvy understanding of our unique local and national news market.”

Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Sues WLBT Anchor Howard Ballou

The Georgia estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit against Howard Ballou, claiming the WLBT anchor has historical documents — including photographs, transcripts and handwritten letters from the civil rights leader — that rightfully belong to the estate.

The lawsuit claims Ballou — who is the son of a former secretary of King’s — has “irreplaceable” archival material valued at more than $75,000, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

“Mrs. Ballou had access to many documents, photographs and other personal effects that belong to Dr. King,” the lawsuit says. “Although she was entrusted with property belonging to Dr. King, as his employee she did not have any personal rights or ownership of these documents.” Read more