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WTAE Airs Wrong Lottery Numbers

Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate WTAE mistakenly aired the wrong Powerball numbers at the end of its 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday.

WTAE, which has been airing the national Powerball drawing since 2009, replayed the taped drawing from February 22nd on the 29th.

“It was a playback misfire…a mechanical issue,”  WTAE president and general manager Mike Hayes told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this week.  “It was caught in master control after it ran.”

Hayes told the Tribune that about 10 viewers called in about the mix-up.  Thankfully it appears that no one watching WTAE had a “winning” ticket this week based on the old numbers. Read more

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AFTRA Protests at WTAE in Ongoing Union Fight

The fight between station management and on-air talent continues at WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh.

At a rally at the station last week, a group of community leaders delivered 2,000 petition signatures and postcards from the public to WTAE management. The union also encouraged viewers to call Mike Hayes, the general manager of WTAE, and express support for the station talent during the hours of the rally.

Reporters and anchors at WTAE voted for union representation 18 months ago, but there has been little progress in negotiations with Hearst, the parent company of WTAE. Earlier this month, station talent launched a social media campaign called “Fairness 4 WTAE.”