“When I left WABI, this was exactly the type of step I was looking for,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I never expected to get a job this good. I was lucky enough to land it.
In 2004, a federal judge sentenced Taricani to four months in home confinement for refusing to name a source who had provided him with video of a mayoral aide taking a cash bribe. The tape was part of a widespread corruption investigation that ultimately ended with former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci being sent to jail. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for a federal shield law for journalists.
Taricani, 64, received a heart transplant in 1996. He said he plans to work part-time with former WJAR colleague Dyana Koelsch at her communications company.
“I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station,” Tremmel told GoLocal Prov. “That is all I’m prepared to say at this time.”
There is a “Bring Julie Tremmel Back to NBC 10” petition online. Currently it has 146 signatures out of a goal of 1000.
TVSpy has asked Media General for comment. We will update when we hear back.
A Media General spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Tremmel no longer works at the NBC affiliate.
The Newport Buzz wrote on its facebook page, “Sad news for Rhode Island journalism. Julie Tremmel has been let go from WJAR NBC10.”
Friday night, while reporting on local auditions for the NBC show America’s Got Talent, Tremmel attempted to walk on her hands in her stand up and ended up in a back bend.
In July Tremmel showed viewers what to do in case they came into contact with a bear.
GoLocalProv reported Tremmel’s colleague, investigative reporter Jim Taricani, said at the time the report was a “smudge” on the station’s reputation and added, “…some tv reporters like to draw attention to themselves…its an insult to most of us trying to be professional.”
“Matt and Doreen will be a terrific anchor team. Matt has done an excellent job with station Sports Director Ken Bell in creating a powerful sports department for us,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “His local knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for telling stories about local people will add a lot of value in the morning.”
Blanchette joined WLNE in 2012 as a sports anchor and reporter.
WPRI news director Karen Rezendes told TVSpy, “The station wishes her the best in her future endeavors.”
We’re expanding our early evening news coverage to help fit the busy lifestyles of our viewers in Southern New England,” said WPRI news director Karen Rezendes. “Our news team is committed to providing them more local news and weather content when they want it.”
Hegy begin at the WGGB assignment desk and eventually became the station’s main anchor, helming the evening newscasts alongside Dave Madsen. She anchored her last WGGB newscasts Friday night, saying she has taken an anchor position at the Providence CBS affiliate (video above).
She told viewers on facebook to look out for her Monday saying, “My debut on WJAR is tonight at 5:30pm! Wish me luck!” Love was welcomed on set by anchor Gene Valicenti before her first weather hit on the 5:30 news.
But during the 7:00 p.m. show, Love was joined at the weather wall by anchors Dan Jaehnig and Alison Bologna who handed her a WJAR hat and a stuffed NBC peacock as a welcome gift. “Just so you know, she’s not replacing anyone,” Jaehnig told viewers. “She’s just adding to the biggest meteorology team in town.”
Love came to WJAR from WTVM in Columbus, GA, where she was known as Kelly Bryant.
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