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WEWS News Director Starts Monday

wewsJeff Harris, soon-to-be news director at Cleveland’s WEWS, starts at the Scripps owned ABC affiliate Monday.

Harris left Scripps’ Denver station KMGH in August. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he’s no stranger to the Cleveland area.

Although Harris has spent the last six years as the news director at KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, he’s hardly a stranger to Northeast Ohio. A Cleveland native, he is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and Cleveland State University.

His wife, Cecille, also is from Cleveland. They have two children.

KMGH, like WEWS, is an ABC affiliate station owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. Harris led the Denver newsroom to several honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Columbia-DuPont Award and local Emmys.

Harris is moving from the No. 17 television market to No. 19. According to Nielsen, the Denver area has 1.57 million TV homes. The Cleveland market has 1.48 million.

“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris said in a statement released Friday by Channel 5. “I’m excited and grateful to return to Cleveland. It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company.” Read more

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Former Employee Suing Scripps for Putting Hidden Camera in Men’s Bathroom

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Brad Brown, a former promotions producer at Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, is suing the station’s parent company for keeping a hidden camera in the men’s bathroom over the summer.

Cleveland.com reports that Brown filed the lawsuit against E.W. Scripps Co. Inc., and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorneys’ fees.

The lawsuit blames Berry Pinney, then the station’s director of engineering and operations, for placing the hidden cameras in the men’s bathroom. According to the suit, Pinney told an employee to place a camera in a non-functioning sprinkler in the ceiling of the first-floor men’s room with the goal of catching a vandal. The suit claims that on July 13, an employee noticed video images from the men’s restroom on a security-desk monitor. Once employees learned of the camera, the recordings were promptly deleted, the suit claims.

“They spied on their own employees while we were using the toilet,” Brown said in a statement. “It is hard to imagine anything more outrageous.”

Brown has since left WEWS and now works at Tribune owned FOX affiliate WJW.

Another Denver News Director Says Goodbye

wews_304KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced he is leaving the Scripps owned Denver ABC affiliate to work as news director at Scripps’ Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

Joanne Ostrow, TV Critic for The Denver Post reports Harris told the newsroom Wednesday. WEWS interim station manager Lana Durban Scott told TVSpy, Harris will start October 6.

“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris told The Post. “It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company. Everything is aligned. It is incredibly bittersweet because of the affection I have for Denver.”

On Monday, KDVR-KWGN news director Ed Kosowski announced he was leaving the station when his contract is up next week.

WEWS Finds Camera in One of its Bathrooms

wews_304Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS discovered someone had put a camera in one of its bathrooms without management’s permission.

WEWS issued a statement saying the camera had been placed there by an employee who was trying to catch someone who had been defacing the bathroom. WEWS added, “this was an ill-conceived and inappropriate response to catching a vandal.”

The station said “The camera was removed immediately when management learned it was there.  All of the camera’s recordings have been destroyed, and we have taken the appropriate disciplinary action.” Read the entire statement after the jump.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported multiple sources told them the employee was a station engineer. Read more

Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Cleveland Stations Cover LeBron James News: ‘He’s Coming Home’

Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.

WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.

ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.

WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.

“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.

WEWS Apologizes for Inaccurate Report About Owner of Cleveland Browns

wewsCleveland ABC affiliate WEWS has posted a retraction on its website for a story posted early Friday claiming the owner of the city’s NFL team had been indicted.

According to WEWS, the “erroneously posted” report claimed Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J truck stops and majority owner of the Cleveland Browns, had been indicted “related to an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged fuel rebate fraud.”

Cleveland.com said Haslam hasn’t been charged with anything.

WEWS said it’s looking into how the report got posted.

Jill Manuel Out as WEWS News Director

manuel_wewsWEWS news director Jill Manuel is out at the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

Sam Rosenwasser, WEWS VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy Manuel no longer works at the station.

Manuel came to Scripps owned WEWS in 2008 from CLTV, Tribune’s 24-hour local cable news channel in Chicago. She has also worked at WBBM in Chicago and FOX news.

Mike Dunston Leaving WEWS

MikeDunston_WEWSWEWS morning anchor Mike Dunston has announced he’s leaving the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

“After more than two years at WEWS, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you that my last day at the station will be March 7th,” Dunston wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the Northeast Ohio community for their kind words and support. See ya at the next Cavs game!”

Dunston started working at WEWS in 2011. According to his station bio, he has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, The Washington Post and stations in Houston, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Dayton, OH.

Cleveland Anchor Pays Tribute to MLK, Jr.


Cleveland anchor Leon Bibb told viewers of ABC affiliate WEWS he is sitting at the anchor desk today because of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday, during the 5:00 p.m. newscast on the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, Bibb reported on-air about the MLK breakfast in Cleveland, but also wrote a piece on the station website talking about King’s legacy.

Even though Dr. King was felled by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39  in 1968, his voice and his words still ring loudly. They are not only played on television and radio, they resonate in the hearts of  generations of people who struggled to be part of the American fabric in every way. I am one of those who is a product of the Movement. Had it not been for it and Martin Luther King, I would not be the news anchorman I have become. Many millions of blacks, and Asian, and Native Americans, and women, and scores of other ethnic groups would not enjoy the liberties they currently enjoy.

Bibb also told viewers, “Martin Luther King and the movement lifted black people, not only blacks but everyone. America was lifter to a higher level. For those of us who grew out of the accomplishments of the movement we revisit the movement and the man, every moment of every day.”

Click here to read his entire piece.

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