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Julie Eisenman Lands in Savannah as News Director of WJCL-WTGS

Julie Eisenman, who has spent the majority of her broadcast career in Erie, PA, has landed in Savannah, where she’s been named news director of WJCL-WTGS.

After spending three years leading the newsroom at Erie’s WICU-WSEE, Eisenman is replacing Michael Sullivan as news director of the New Vision-owned duopoly.

“Julie’s passion for local news and her willingness to guide our staff made her the obvious choice,” WJCL-WTGS president and general manger Scott McBride said in a press release, which mentioned that the stations conducted “an exhaustive search that included several candidates from across the country.”

A Pennsylvania native, Eisenman began her career as a weekend assignment editor at Pittsburgh’s WPXI before joining WICU as a beat reporter. At WICU, she worked her way up through the newsroom, becoming an anchor and then assistant news director before eventually being named ND.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Eisenman said of her new job. “I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s one I’m greatly looking forward to. We have a great team of eager journalists. It will be a pleasure working with them.”

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Michael Sullivan Out as WJCL News Director

Michael Sullivan has been relieved of his duties as WJCL news director.

A station official confirmed to TVSpy today that Sullivan, who has been news director of the Savannah ABC-affiliate since 2007, is no longer with the station.

Sullivan was reportedly escorted out of the station yesterday while management required staffers to stay inside.

This was Sullivan’s second stint with WJCL, which is owned by New Vision Television (New Vision also operates Fox-affiliate WTGS under an agreement with Parkin Broadcasting). After New Vision acquired WJCL in 2007, it appointed Sullivan, who had been working for the company as a consultant, to his old position as news director.

Sullivan is probably best known for his decision in 2008 to allow reality TV cameras follow WJCL’s news team for a show on the TV Guide Channel called “Making News: Savannah Style.”