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WTMJ Expands Morning Newscast

wtmj logoMilwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes. Beginning January 20, “Live at Daybreak” will air from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

“People’s morning routines are changing. As more of our viewers are getting up earlier, we want to be right there with them,” WTMJ general manager Steve Wexler said in a statement.

Susan Kim and Vince Vitrano anchor the morning newscast with meteorologist Scott Steele and traffic reporter Caitlin Morrall.

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After Settling Retrans Fight, WTMJ Not Channel Four Anymore

tmj_twcLast week WTMJ and Time Warner Cable settled a nearly two-month long battle over retransmission fees. While Time Warner Cable customers can watch NBC programming again, they can’t watch it on channel 4 anymore.

The Milwaukee station that markets itself as “Today’s TMJ4″ was moved two slots down to channel 2 on the standard definition tier but stayed at channel 1004 on HD. TWC added the “Game Show Network” to SD channel 4.

WTMJ executive vice president Steve Wexler told TVSpy, while the move may have initially confused TWC customers, “it’s clear viewers have made the adjustment, as we’ve seen audience levels bounce back quickly.”

So why the move? Mike Pedelty, spokesperson for Time Warner Cable told the Milwaukee Business Journal his company gets to decide where stations air since they own the space. Read more

Police Officer Sues WTMJ for Promo Showing Him Taking Money from Man at ATM

A Milwaukee police officer is suing WTMJ and Journal Broadcast Group saying the station promoted and aired a story that put him in a bad light even though the station knew he had done nothing wrong.

The lawsuit, filed by Officer Matthew Knight, says the Milwaukee NBC affiliate promoted and aired a story using surveillance footage showing Knight and what Milwaukee police say was a drunk Marine walking into a bank. The video shows the officer taking the man’s ATM card, punching in the man’s pin, withdrawing money, then counting the money out and leaving with the man.

The promo copy for the May sweeps story said, “It’s the video that has everyone talking. A Milwaukee police officer taking a man’s cash out of an ATM. Then walking off with that cash in hand. What’s really going on? The Milwaukee police department has some explaining to do.”

What the promo didn’t say was that police were called when a man broke a taxicab’s window.  The cabdriver said he would not press charges against the man if he paid $300 to repair the damage. The man and officer Knight went to the ATM where Knight helped the man withdraw the money and pay the cabbie. Read more

WTMJ Exec Stands Behind Using Anchors for Station Contest

Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ is standing by a decision to have its news anchors promote a station contest featuring a regular advertiser.

In an ad for “Win Groceries 4 a Year!,” WTMJ anchors Mike Jacobs and Carole Meekins appear in the checkout area of a Sendik’s Food Market. Sendik’s regularly runs ads on WTMJ.

The Milwaukee Business Journal asked Steve Wexler if he thought having his news staff indirectly endorsing an advertiser was crossing the line. Wexler is the executive vice president of Journal Broadcast Group and vice president and general manager of WTMJ. Read more

Shelley Walcott to Join WMUR as Anchor

WTMJ reporter and weekend anchor Shelley Walcott has announced she will be leaving the Milwaukee NBC affiliate for WMUR in New Hampshire.

Walcott announced the move to the Manchester ABC affiliate on her twitter page saying, “Hi all: Wanted to announce I am leaving TMJ4 at the end of next week. Have accepted a main anchor job in New Hampshire. Bittersweet day!”

Steve Wexler, executive vice president of the Journal Broadcast Group told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Shelley is a very talented anchor and reporter, we’re going to miss her, but we are also very excited for her. She’ll be the main anchor on her new station and closer to her family.” Read more

‘It’s A Screaming Disaster’: Milwaukee News Sets Reviewed

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted an interesting review of the local station’s news sets.  The article focuses on NBC affiliate WTMJ’s new set (pictured right) and the various reactions it evoked from those on both sides of the screen.

“It’s like being on a spaceship,” said WTMJ-TV anchor-reporter Courtny Gerrish.

“Punch it, Chewie,” added meteorologist Brian Gotter, making a “Star Wars” joke.

The futuristic-looking set so offended one caller that he left a message on my voice mail: “It’s a screaming disaster. It’s as ugly as any modern designer or architect could create.”

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Investigative Reporter Rob Koebel Out at WTMJ After Public Urination Incident

WTMJ has parted ways with investigative reporter Rob Koebel after he was cited for disorderly conduct last month. Koebel allegedly became belligerent with police after he was caught urinating outside an Apple store in Glendale, WI.

A police report obtained by Whitefish Bay Patch describes the incident:

When Koebel started urinating outside of the Apple store, the security guard told him to stop, but Koebel ignored him.

Glendale police arrived at the scene shortly. Koebel took his phone out of his pocket, and when police told him to put his phone away, he said, “No, not gonna happen.” He then put his phone back in his pocket, but then later took it out again.

When the officer asked Koebel to hand him his phone, he said: ‘No, do you know who you’re messing with?’

The police report goes on to say that Koebel was “uncooperative” with officers when he arrived at the station, calling them names “such as ‘(expletive) face’, as well as a derogatory term for homosexual.” Read more

Longtime Green Bay Sports Anchor Joins WTMJ in Milwaukee to Cover Packers Football

Larry McCarren, who departed WFRV earlier this year after 24 years covering sports for the Green Bay CBS-affiliate, has signed on with WTMJ in Milwaukee to cover the Packers.

McCarren has been the color commentator for games on the Packers Radio Network since 1995. The flagship station of the Packers Radio Network is WTMJ-AM.

“Packers fans have enjoyed Larry’s work on the radio for many years and will now have the chance to see his detailed analysis and reporting on television in Milwaukee and online from anywhere in the world,” said Steve Wexler, the exectuive vice president of Journal Broadcast Group, which owns both WTMJ-TV and WTMJ-AM. Read more