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Ashley Jacobs Returns to WWAY

Ashley Jacobs is going back to Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Jacobs announced the move on her facebook page, “Happy hump day! I couldn’t be happier to announce I’ll return to WWAY NEWS very soon. I’m so thankful to be part of such a talented team…and thrilled to share my mornings with all of you again!”

WWAY news director Scott Pickey told TVSpy Jacobs starts next Wednesday but may not go on air until Thursday or Friday. Jacobs left the station in March to spend more time with her family.

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WWAY News Director Pays Fine For Driving into MLK Parade

Scott Pickey, the WWAY news director who was arrested for driving into a Martin Luther King Day parade in January, was ordered to pay a fine and complete driving school after pleading guilty to failure to obey an officer.

“I would like to thank Ben David and his DA’s office for working with me to solve this issue,” said Pickey on the WWAY website. “I think we all learned valuable lessons.”

Pickey had also been charged with careless and reckless driving after ignoring police orders to stay in the parking lot of the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate during January’s parade. After several requests by Pickey to leave the station’s lot were denied by police, Pickey got in a station vehicle and drove into the parade and was arrested.

Prosecutors dropped the reckless driving charge in exchange for Pickey’s guilty plea. As part of the agreement, Pickey was ordered to pay a $50.00 fine in addition to $190.00 court costs.

WWAY News Director To Take Driving Class After Arrest

Scott Pickey, news director for Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY told the StarNews Online, he has agreed to take a defensive driving class in hopes of ending the legal drama over his recent arrest.

Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless driving after attempting to drive through the local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in January.

“I’m looking forward to coming to some sort of agreement with my next court date in July,” Pickey told the StarNews Online. Read more

WWAY Posts Video of News Director Scott Pickey Being Arrested

WWAY has posted video of news director Scott Pickey being arrested Monday after disobeying a traffic officer at Wilmington’s MLK parade (above).

Pickey’s arrest came after a dispute with police officers monitoring the parade route. The city’s parade went right by the station, and police refused to let employees through during a break in the parade to cover breaking news, according to WWAY.

Despite multiple requests from Pickey, the officers refused to let anyone through until after the parade’s conclusion. Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless operation after he drove his station vehicle out of the parking lot during a break in the parade.

WWAY News Director Arrested After Driving Station Vehicle Through MLK Parade Route

Scott Pickey, the news director at Wilmington ABC affiliate WWAY, was arrested Monday for driving his station vehicle through the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Wilmington, N.C. WWAY anchor Cacky Catlett reported on the arrest at the top of the station’s 5 p.m. newscast:

During the parade, which started at noon on Front Street, police would not allow WWAY employees to leave the station’s parking lot to get to news coverage. After police told a reporter he would have to wait for the entire parade, which ended after 2 p.m., Pickey asked officers again to allow the reporter to leave during one of the many breaks in the parade. Officers refused to allow this or contact a supervisor for permission. When Pickey got in the car and drove out of the parking lot during another break, police arrested him. He is charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless operation. Pickey was released from jail under a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Pickey’s arrest was also reported briefly on WECT, Wilmington’s NBC affiliate.

WWAY GM Andy Combs: ‘I Understand What We Are Doing Makes People Uncomfortable’

“I understand what we are doing makes people uncomfortable,” WWAY general manager Andy Combs told StarNewsOnline recently about his station’s newfound commitment to muckraking.  “People in this market have not seen this by any news outlet in decades.”

In a profile of WWAY’s in-your-face reporting under news director Scott Pickey (pictured), who joined the Wilmington CBS-affiliate in January 2010, StarNewsOnline points out that WWAY has had to develop a different approach to local news reporting in order to compete with perrenial ratings powerhouse WECT.

“I can’t create an anchor that has been in this market for 30 years or afford an anchor with a six-figure salary,” Pickey told StarNewsOnline. “We decided we would focus on content and making a difference that way. We saw a huge opportunity to dig a little more. We’re going to focus on real stories that may have a harder edge to them.” Read more

Meteorologist George Elliott Returns to Wilmington

Popular Wilmington meteorologist George Elliott is back on the air. Elliott left NBC-affiliate WECT at the end of 2008 and now he’s back, but this time it’s with rival station WWAY, an ABC-affiliate.

“I’m really excited,” Elliott said. “I’m really grateful to WWAY for giving me the chance to get back to doing something I love: being part of this incredible community.”

Elliot spent 14 years with WECT before leaving the station so that he could be closer to his brother, who lives in Kentucky.

“We have a great news team and a great weather team in place. George’s presence and personality are the icing on the cake,” said Scott Pickey, WWAY’s news director.

Shady Waste Management Company Kicked Out of Town Following War of Words with WWAY

After a week of aggressively covering the questionable business practices of R3 Environmental, Wilmington’s WWAY finally received a response from the  local waste management company. Although it wasn’t the type of message that the ABC-affiliate was probably expecting.

In response to WWAY’s search for answers, including a running tally of how many days R3′s CEO has been MIA, the company took to its infrequently used Facebook page on Thursday and posted a definition of Yellow Journalism.

Some background: Back in July, New Hanover County chose R3, a local start-up that said it had devised a revolutionary way to convert garbage into biofuel, to manage the area’s trash operations. But after finalizing the agreement in September, R3 has had to continually ask for extensions on its clean-up plan. On March 2nd, the company announced that it could not meet the newest deadline of April 2nd.

While garbage continued to pile up, waiting for R3 to take action, WWAY began looking for answers. Read more