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Andy Fishman Named WJW News Director

WJW-1Cleveland’s WJW has named Andy Fishman news director.

“Having Andy at the helm of our award-winning news department is something that so many of our FOX 8 staffers endorsed and encouraged based on his years of newsroom experience, leadership abilities and working knowledge of our city and all of Northeast Ohio,” Paul Perozeni, WJW VP  & GM told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

According to The Plain-Dealer, Fishman had been working as the Cleveland FOX affiliate’s interim news director after former news director Sonya Thompson left to work for parent company Tribune Media Group.

Fishman arrived at Channel 8 in 1994 as executive producer of the station’s 5 p.m. newscast. He became the executive producer of the 10 p.m. newscast in 1997. Ten years later, he was named assistant news director.

“Even as Andy served as the interim news director these past several weeks, we worked in concert with Tribune in searching across the country for this important and vital position,” Perozeni said. “But in the end, the clear and obvious choice was, without a doubt, our own Andy Fishman.” Read more

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WJW’s Peggy Sinkovich Marrying the Competition

WOIOToday in rom-coms come to life: the love story of WJW reporter Peggy Sinkovich and WOIO reporter Ed Gallek. As Cleveland.com reports, the pair met two years ago when they were both covering a Cleveland police chase. That’s when Gallek made an error that could have cost him his soon-to-be-wife:

“So my photographer said, ‘Go for it. Go over and introduce yourself,’ ” Sinkovich said.

“So I did. And you know what? He never looked up. He was texting on his phone. He never raised his head or anything.”

Gallek heard a voice say, “Hi, I’m Peggy. I just started at Fox 8. Your work is great. And I really wanted to meet you.”

“I think we met before,” he said, still looking at his phone. They hadn’t.

Despite the abysmal first meeting, the pair continued to see each other around town, and romanced blossomed. And although the FOX affiliate and CBS affiliate are fierce rivals, their careers haven’t affected their relationship yet.

“Sometimes, professionally, our paths cross, but not every day,” Gallek said. “If I’m working on the same story as Peggy, then she’s a competitor. But personally, she’s a soul mate.”

There have been some ‘sleeping with the enemy’ jokes from their respective newsrooms, but everyone quickly accepted their relationship. The pair are both 49 and have children from previous marriages. Sinkovich will be changing her name, so there will soon be two Galleks reporting on local Cleveland stations.

The pair are tying the knot this Saturday.

Man Sentenced for Flashing Laser at WJW Helicopter

WJW-1Back in October 2013, Nicholas Vecchiarelli, 47, was caught by police pointing a laser light at a WJW helicopter while the FOX affiliate was covering a Friday night football game in Hubbard, Ohio. The officers found Vecchiarelli pacing in his driveway with a police scanner and a green laser pointer. Police said he confessed to the crime.

In February, Vecchiarelli was arraigned on charges of endangering an aircraft and obstructing official business. He was later released on bond and pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with aircraft.

Now, Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ray Rice has issued his sentence, which includes five years on probation and a $1,000 fine. Judge Rice also warned Vecchiarelli that he could go to prison for eight years if he violates his terms of probation.

Vecchiarelli must perform 200 hours of community service and submit a written apology to his victims. He must also obey an 11:00 p.m. curfew and stay out of liquor establishments.

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.

Mark Zinni Leaving WJW

zinni wjwCleveland weekend morning anchor Mark Zinni is leaving Tribune owned FOX affiliate WJW.

“This was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Zinni told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve been so lucky. This is the greatest station in Cleveland, and they did everything they could to convince me to stay. But this was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.”

Zinni hasn’t said where he’s going or when his last day will be. “But I am returning to an area where I used to work,” he said.

Before coming to WJW in 2009, Zinni worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT. He has also worked at WPRI in Providence, RI, WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and WICU in Erie, PA.

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.

Paul Perozeni Named VP-GM of WJW

wjw logoPaul Perozeni has been promoted to vice president and general manager at WJW, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Cleveland. Perozeni has been the vice president and general sales manager of WJW for the past 13 years.

“Paul is truly one of ‘Cleveland’s Own’ and he, as much as anyone, has a deep appreciation for and awareness of the legacy, tradition and commitment of WJW to the city of Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement. “He is the perfect choice to lead WJW Fox 8 for years to come.”

Perozeni joined WJW in 1999 and was promoted to vice president and general sales manager in 2001. In the station’s press release, he said it is a “privilege, honor and blessing to have been selected to lead one of the most respected stations in the country.”

Perozeni succeeds Greg Easterly, who left Cleveland to be general manager at Tribune’s WGN in Chicago.

Elisa Amigo Leaving Cleveland’s WJW

elisa amigoWJW weekend anchor Elisa Amigo is leaving the station for “a primary anchor job in another market,” the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Amigo, who has worked at the Cleveland Fox affiliate for eight years, anchored her last WJW broadcast Sunday.

Before WJW, Amigo worked as a reporter at WTVG in Toledo and WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.

Greg Easterly Named GM of Tribune’s WGN

wgn-logoGreg Easterly has been named general manager of WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, Robert Feder reports.

“Greg is a proven leader, both at the head of a station and in the newsroom, and he has a keen understanding of the management and operations of a legacy station with market dominance,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “WGN programs a powerful schedule of news, sports and entertainment for itself and CLTV, with more news than any other Chicago station — I’m confident WGN will continue its growth and success under Greg’s expert guidance.”

Easterly comes from WJW in Cleveland, where he has been general manager since 2007. Tribune added WJW to its station portfolio as part of the Local TV acquisition in December.

“I truly feel like one of the most fortunate broadcasters in the country – to first be a part of a powerhouse legacy station like WJW and work with the great people there, and now to be able to take the next step to WGN, another legacy station with a rich history and a top-ranked news product,” Easterly said.

WGN has been without a general manager since Marty Wilke left the station in 2012.

Cleveland Newspaper Accused of Plagiarizing Story from WJW Website

wjw_callypostAccording to its website, WJW, the Cleveland FOX affiliate, posted a story about a shooting in downtown Cleveland at 3:08 a.m. Friday. A little more than five hours later, the Cleveland Call & Post did the same. Exactly the same.

Here’s the story:

CLEVELAND — Two people were shot following an early morning altercation in downtown Cleveland Friday.

Police say the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. on Huron Road near the Halle Building.

At least one of the injured was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in a taxi cab. Both injured are expected to survive.

It is unknown what circumstances led up to the shooting.

Stay with FOX 8 as more details become available.

The only difference? The Call & Post didn’t tell its readers to stay with FOX8.

Bliss Davis, an associate producer at WJW who primarily writes for the web team, told TVSpy the information for her story came directly from a phone conversation she had with police dispatchers. She also took her complaint about the suspiciously similar stories to twitter. You can see her tweet after the jump. Read more

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