“We feel it is important to give our viewers an even earlier start to their morning,” WDJT news director Genie Garner said. “When you wake up, what happened overnight, and what the weather is going to be for the day ahead is very important information. Our expanding coverage will give morning Milwaukee news viewers more choices in the morning.”
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In an email, vice president and general manager Jim Hall told TVSpy,
We have received copies of the discrimination charges that were filed by two employees with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS 58 have a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. We take any such allegations very seriously, and we are reviewing them with our legal counsel. However, as a policy, we do not comment on pending legal matters. We look forward to addressing these matters through the legal process.
Anchor and reporter Shari Dunn filed a complaint on August 30 saying both parent company Weigel Broadcasting and WDJT management maintain “a culture of discrimination where white males are favored over minority females.” Two weeks later, WDJT reporter and Telemundo Wisconsin anchor Carlos Vergara filed a separate complaint alleging he was denied the opportunity to anchor for WDJT in favor of less experienced anchors who spoke only English. This week, a station photographer resigned saying he didn’t feel the station was concerned with his safety.
WDJT, the Milwaukee CBS affiliate that has seen two separate discrimination complaints filed against it in the last couple of weeks, now faces allegations it is putting its news crews in danger and ignoring their safety concerns.
In an email obtained by TVSpy, WDJT photographer Eric Ellis sent a resignation email to staffers where he said he was sent to the North side of Milwaukee by himself to cover an anti-violence rally despite being told in a previous email sent by management that crews were not to be sent there alone. That email told staffers a station MMJ had her iPhone stolen while she was covering a story there.
According to Ellis, when he told station management he had nearly been robbed in the same area, they told him he was fine and “that the people were ‘just messing with me.’” He said he was also told the next time he is faced with a similar situation he needs to record the incident on camera. Ellis said he feared that would only escalate the problem.
Ellis told TVSpy, “I no longer felt safe at work and I was very disappointed with the way that the station handled my attempted robbery.” You can read the entire resignation email after the jump. Read more
Weigel Broadcasting and Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT are facing two separate discrimination
lawsuits complaints brought within the last month.
On August 30, Shari Dunn, anchor and reporter for WDJT, filed a complaint alleging both the station and its parent company Weigel Broadcasting maintain, “a culture of discrimination where white males are favored over minority females.”
According to the Hispanic News Network Blog, Carlos Vergara, bilingual anchor for Telemundo Wisconsin and reporter for WDJT, filed a complaint alleging he was denied the opportunity to anchor for WDJT in favor of less experienced anchors who spoke only English.
The Hispanic News Network said, according to Vergara’s attorney Cole White, when the anchor told WDJT and Telemundo Wisconsin news director Genie Garner the station doesn’t speak to the community it’s supposed to cover, she said, “we don’t care about them anyway.” White also alleges Garner refers to the Latino community as illegal aliens and that Weigel corporate executives told him they don’t care whom she offends.
>UPDATE: Cole White, Vergara’s attorney told TVSpy they have not filed a lawsuit against WDJT yet. But White did reference our most recent story about the WDJT photographer who quit over safety concerns. ”Recent events have made it clear that there are many more instances of discrimination and many more individuals who have been victim to the stations atmosphere of discrimination, intolerance and bullying,” said White.
Arms, who debuts tonight at 10:00 p.m., told TVSpy, “I was born and raised in Milwaukee and I couldn’t be more excited to do what I’ve always wanted to do in my hometown! I’m hitting the ground running and I have no plans on stopping.”
Brown will be a New York-based correspondent dedicated to reporting for the network’s new morning show, which will be anchored by Chris Cuomo and is slated to launch this spring. Machado will be based in Atlanta as a reporter for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino.
Brown has worked at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington DC, since 2006. She was most recently the Sunday evening anchor and a special projects reporter.
“Pam is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in Washington, D.C. with exceptional coverage of domestic breaking news and enterprise reporting. The passion in her work is evident and we are so happy to have her join the CNN team,” CNN EVP Ken Jautz said in a statement.
Machado worked at WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh-Durham, before joining WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. She has also worked as a bilingual anchor and correspondent for WDJT-WYTU, the CBS and Telemundo affiliates in Milwaukee.
The network also announced the official hire of George Howell, who has been freelancing for CNN since signing off from WSB in 2011.
“George and Alina are multi-talented, and their passion for getting to the crux of the story comes through in their award-winning journalism,” EVP and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said in a statement.
“One of the best things about the morning show is that people are just waking up and haven’t been connected, and you can let them know what happened overnight,” Tighe told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek, noting she likes the informal nature of shows that allow for “chitchat” and “a little fun.”
Tighe joins WDJT from KWQC in Davenport, Iowa, where she was the morning anchor.
Undecided Voters Invited to WDJT to Watch Last Presidential Debate, Participate in On-Air Discussion
Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT has invited a group of undecided voters to watch the final Presidential debate Monday night and participate in the post-debate newscast.
The station assigned an outside research company to recruit the voters, looking for an equal representation of parties and demographics. The group will be on WDJT’s evening newscast after the debate concludes. WDJT will also air viewer comments about the debate from Facebook and Twitter during the evening newscast.
Michele McCormack will host a half-hour webcast with the undecided voters that will be streamed on the station’s website after the newscast concludes. The webcast will be broadcast on “Eye to Eye,” WDJT’s political affairs program, on Sunday. [h/t TVNewsCheck]
The latest presidential debate proved more popular with viewers in Milwaukee than the first as 43,000 more households tuned in to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off a second time, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
NBC affiliate WTMJ averaged an 11.3 during the debate, ABC affiliate WISN pulled in a 10.3, FOX affiliate WITI saw a 6.9 and CBS affiliate WDJT drew a 3.7. A rating point in Milwaukee is equal to 9,100 households.
While the numbers may sound high, The Journal Sentinel offered a sobering comparison, while 293,000 Milwaukee households tuned in to Tuesday night’s debate, 473,000 watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday night.
News employees from at least three Milwaukee stations signed petitions to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor.
WISN and WITI came forward after WTMJ reported during its Tuesday evening newscasts that several of its employees, including one on-air figure, signed the petitions.
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