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In Contract Dispute, WTAE Talent Launches Social Media Campaign

More than 20 on-air personalities at WTAE, Pittsburgh’s ABC-affiliate, have launched a social media campaign called “Fairness 4 WTAE” to protest what they say is unfair treatment by station management.

The 23 anchors and reporters have been represented by AFTRA since June 2010. Since then, no progress has been made in more than a dozen collective bargaining sessions to reach a contract, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The next meeting is Tuesday.

The sticking point is the issue of scheduling. The “Fairness 4 WTAE” Facebook and Twitter accounts feature anecdotal examples, such as: “How would you feel if your employer told you your pre-approved, scheduled in advance time off for the holidays was cancelled?” Read more

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WTAE Anchors (Sort Of) Wear Purple After Losing Steelers-Ravens Bet to WBAL

When Hearst-owned stations WTAE in Pittsburgh and WBAL in Baltimore bet on who would win Sunday night’s Steelers vs. Ravens NFL matchup, the two stations probably didn’t assume many aspects of the wager would be open to interpretation.

The Ravens won in the last seconds of the game, and on Monday, the WTAE morning team was decked out in the Ravens team colors, with Michelle Wright in purple, Kelly Frey in black and sports anchor John Meyer in what he said were “somewhat purple pinstripes.” (The stations’ video players do not allow embedding, so watch the video here.) Read more