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Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

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Mark Strachota Named VP-GM of Weigel Broadcasting’s Milwaukee Stations

Mark StrachotaWeigel Broadcasting has named Mark Strachota vice president and general manager of its Milwaukee properties, including CBS affiliate WDJT, independent station WMLW, Me-TV affiliate WBME and Telemundo affiliate WYTU.

Strachota is currently the general manager of Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In his new role, which begins on March 12, he will also have oversight of MOVIES! Milwaukee, This! TV Milwaukee, Bounce TV and TouchVision.

“Mark is the perfect fit for our Milwaukee stations,” Weigel Broadcasting Co. EVP of local media Bob Ramsey said in a statement. “His leadership skills and knowledge of the Milwaukee market makes him the right person to lead our stations forward.”

Strachota replaces Jim Hall, who was recently promoted to vice president of business development at Weigel.

Tiffany Tarpley Joins WKYC in Cleveland

tiffany tarpleyTiffany Tarpley is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station has announced on its Director’s Cut blog.

Tarpley, an Ohio native, is currently a reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee. Before that, she worked at stations in Toledo and Lima, Ohio. In her new role at WKYC, which begins in March, she will report for the morning newscast.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work in my home market and join the talented team of journalists at WKYC,” Tarpley said.

Telemundo Wisconsin Adds Sandra Torres as Anchor

torres_croppedSandra Torres has joined Telemundo Wisconsin as co-anchor for the 10:00 p.m. news.

Torres told TVSpy she will continue reporting for Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT. Both WDJT and Telemundo Wisconsin are owned by Weigel Broadcasting and share news resources.

Torres has worked at WDJT since June 2012. She started her career at Telemundo Chicago and has also worked for WMAQ in Chicago as a content producer.

WDJT Hires Rockford Morning Anchor

saunders_wqrfSachelle Saunders is joining Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT.

“She is going to be a weekend anchor and will report three days a week,” WDJT assistant news director Tracy Davis told the Rockford Register Star.

Saunders said an on-air goodbye to viewers of WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, on Christmas Eve.

She started at the ABC and FOX duopoly in October 2010.

Milwaukee’s WDJT Expands Morning Newscast

wdjt_304Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT is expanding its morning newscast by 30 minutes, TVNewsCheck reports.

“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.”

The expanded morning newscast, anchored by Jessica Tighe and Nate Kuester, will begin at 4:30 a.m.

WDJT Responds to Recent Complaints

WDJT has responded to TVSpy’s request for comment about the two discrimination complaints recently filed against the station.

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.

More Problems for Milwaukee’s WDJT

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

WDJT Hit With Second Discrimination Lawsuit in a Month

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.

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Earl Arms Joins WDJT as Sports Anchor and Reporter

Earl Arms has joined Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT as sports anchor and reporter.

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.”

Arms comes to WDJT from WEYI in Flint, MI.  Before WEYI he worked at WKOW in Madison, WI, and Time Warner Cable Sports 32 in Milwaukee.

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