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WITI, WMAQ Lead Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards

Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI and Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ were the big winners at the 54th annual Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards Sunday night.

WITI won 12 awards, including for outstanding achievement in for news gathering in the hard news single feature and hard news series categories. The station was also honored for outstanding achievement for a news specialty report in the human interest category.

WMAQ won the night’s top honor, the Emmy for outstanding news gathering in the spot news category, for its coverage of the NATO conference in Chicago last year. The station also won an Emmy for outstanding achievement for news gathering in the soft news category. WMAQ led the Chicago stations with nine Emmys; Tribune-owned CW affiliate WGN won eight.

A full list of winners is after the jump. Read more

Milwaukee Stations See Ratings Rise For Second Presidential Debate

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.

‘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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Packers Wives Get New Show in Green Bay

Wives of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers have their own daytime talk show on that city’s FOX affiliate, WLUK.  ”The Better Half”, a double play on words, promises a look at family life, charity, cooking, health, wellness, fashion and the latest entertainment news.

Hosted by Rachel Manek, morning anchor for WLUK’s “Good Day Wisconsin”, the show stars Betina Driver, wife of Donald Driver, Emily Nelson wife of Jordy Nelson, Courtney Finley wife of Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop’s wife, Geeta Bishop.

The show began its run this morning at 9 a.m. on WLUK and will have multiple re-airings throughout the day.  If you’re keeping score, the Packers beat the Bear last night.  If you’re in the area and want to see the show, you can see a schedule after the jump.

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Milwaukee Stations Admit Staffers Signed Petitions to Recall Wisconsin Governor

News employees from at least three Milwaukee stations signed petitions to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor.

WISN and WITI confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that some of their employees signed the recall petitions.

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.

“Station management wants you to know they consider this a serious issue,” WTMJ anchor Mike Jacobs told viewers on Tuesday.  “The station is in the process of dealing with it internally.” Read more

WISN Airs Primetime Wisconsin Primary Special

With 42 delegates on the line in today’s Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin, Milwaukee ABC-affiliate WISN is set to air an election special at 9:00 p.m., placing it in a rare head-to-head local news match-up with Fox station WITI during the time slot.

WISN’s one-hour special makes good on Hearst’s pledge to have an elevated commitment to political coverage at its stations leading up to the presidential election later this year.

Kathy Mykleby, who anchors WISN’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will be at the anchor desk for the “Commitment 2012″ special along with correspondent Joyce Garbaciak and Mike Gousha, the host of WISN’s Sunday morning news show “UPFRONT.”  Craig McKee, Mykleby’s regular 10 p.m. co-anchor, will be reporting from the field. Read more

WITI Names John LaPorte News Director

WITI has tapped John LaPorte to lead its newsroom.  The Milwaukee Fox-affiliate announced today that LaPorte, the station’s news content manager, has been named vice president of news.

He replaces Jim Lemon, who left the station in December after six years as its news director.

Before joining WITI in 2010, LaPorte served as news director at WEAU in Eau Claire, WI.  He also spent several years at Milwaukee NBC-affiliate WTMJ, working as an executive producer and eventually serving for a year as the station’s news director.

“John has many years invested in the news business and the Milwaukee market,” WITI president and general manager Chuck Steinmetz said, in announcing LaPorte’s promotion, “and over the past several weeks I had the opportunity to see just how competitive and compassionate he is about this newsroom and his craft.”

Charges Against WITI Photojournalist Dropped

Charges were dropped this week against WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger, who was arrested back in September while filming at the scene of a house fire.

Fillinger, 68, was clearly outside of the yellow police tape, standing next to a group of onlookers, when a Milwaukee police officer began hassling him about filming at the scene.

After being backed down for several yards, Fillinger briefly touched the officer in a defensive motion–a move that sparked the cop to knock Fillinger to the ground and arrest him (video here).  He was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer. WITI management, along with the NPPA, protested the charges.

WITI reported on the dropped charges during its evening newscasts on Wednesday.

WITI’s Rob Haswell: Weather Is ‘One Of The Very Few Parts Of Our Business That’s Growing In Size’

Rob Haswell, a meteorologist at Milwaukee Fox-affiliate WITI, is profiled by OnMilwaukee.com, and the forecaster expands on why local news — specifically, local weather — is still necessary, despite the increasing access viewers have to local weather reports:

Every morning, I ask my iPhone what the weather will be like today, and it tells me. Why should I watch you on TV?

Rob Haswell: Actually, that’s pretty easy. Siri is probably getting “her” data from an out-of-state source, like AccuWeather out of Pennsylvania or The Weather Channel out of Atlanta. Her ability to forecast on a local level like we do and to know the local terrain like we do is pretty limited. On a day like today, when it’s sunny and 38, she’s probably 100 percent right. But when we start getting into severe weather season, particularly blizzards, you’re not going to turn to a phone to know what’s going on. Read more

News Director Jim Lemon Leaving WITI

Jim Lemon is bidding farewell to WITI.

Lemon, who has been WITI’s news director since 2005, confirmed to TVSpy this week that he is leaving the Milwaukee Fox-affiliate. His final day will be December 16th.

Before arriving in Milwaukee, Lemon held ND positions in Sacramento and Honolulu. He told Rick Gevers & Associates that he’s leaving because he wants to avoid another Wisconsin winter.

No word yet on who will replace Lemon as WITI’s news director.

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