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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

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Mike McCormick Named WPEC News Director

wpec_304Mike McCormick has been named news director for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo told TVSpy, “I look forward to his expertise, energy and dedication in making CBS12 news, the One to Turn To for content on all available screens.”

McCormick last worked at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL where he had been news director for five years. He has also worked as news director at WPMI-WJTC in Mobile, AL, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville.

He replaces Cathy Younkin who left the station in early January.

News Director Cathy Younkin Out at WPEC

wpec_304Cathy Younkin, news director for West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate WPEC, is no longer with the station.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo confirmed Younkin’s departure with TVSpy, but would not comment further.

Gossip Extra first reported the news, saying she was “abruptly fired.”

Younkin came to WPEC in 2009 from WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI.

WPEC To Move 7:00 p.m. Newscast, Replace it with ‘Entertainment Tonight’

WPEC, the CBS affiliate for West Palm Beach, is moving its 7:00 p.m. newscast to CW affiliate WTVX at 10:00 p.m. and running “Entertainment Tonight” in its place.

WPEC told TVSpy, current 7:00 p.m. anchors Stephanie Watson and Ben Becker will continue to anchor the 10:00 p.m. show which debuts in January 2014. The WPEC 7:00 p.m. show will be replaced by “ET” on September 10.

According to GossipExtra, anchors Becker and Watson discovered the change after seeing promos about the switch.

>UPDATE: WPEC general manager Michael Pumo told TVSpy, “The entire 7p anchor team was told by me, in my office about the move before it was announced to the station and the general public.  Promos for ET began in mid-July nearly a month afterwards.”

Michael Pumo Named General Manager Of WPEC

Michael Pumo has been named general manager of WPEC, the CBS-affiliate in West Palm Beach, Sinclair Broadcasting announced today.

Pumo is the vice president of broadcast sales for Freedom Communications, which currently owns WPEC. The West Palm Beach station, as well as the remainder of Freedom TV’s stations, are in the process of being acquired by Sinclair.

“WPEC has much to offer, and I look forward to re-introducing the station to the community and to our viewers,” Pumo said in a statement.

Pumo has previously been the general manager at several local stations, including WFLA in Tampa, WBTW in Myrtle Beach and WCGV-WVTW in Milwaukee.