“Steve’s varied and experienced background in news and weather, as well as his dedication to being a first informer with digital and on-air, makes him the ideal candidate to lead our news department,” said WISH president and general manager Jeff White. “Steve has made a tremendous positive impact in every one of his many roles at WISH-TV. I look forward to this success continuing as news director.” Read more
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Since August, three out of the four news directors in Indianapolis have exited their posts. The Indianapolis Business Journal takes a look at the unusual timing of the vacancies and talks to the one remaining news director, WXIN’s Lee Rosenthal, about the departures:
“I ran a TV news operation for 25 years, and I do not recall ever having seen a market, any market, that has had three news directors gone at one time,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of Radio Television Digital News Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. “It will be interesting to see what impact these new hires will have coming on board around the same time.”
“It’s certainly an unusual situation, but it doesn’t totally surprise me,” said Dave Rust, the former director of broadcast and electronic media at Indiana University and a nine-year TV news veteran. “That job today is a pressure cooker.” Read more
A WRTV spokesman on Thursday confirmed that Finch was no longer with the station, but declined to provide details, citing station policy that prohibits commenting on personnel matters.
Patti McGettigan is out as news director of Lin-owned CBS affiliate WISH. McGettigan, who updated her Facebook timeline on Friday with the news, had been with Lin for the last 17 years and with WISH for the last 3. She joined from WOOD-TV 8 where she’d spent 14 years as executive producer, assistant news director and, starting in 2001, news director.
The Indiana Business Journal has the latest Indy ratings, which show WISH at #2 or #3 behind WTHR (NBC) and WXIN (FOX) in the May book, vs. May 2011, with all stations’ newscasts down. In particular, WISH at 5 p.m. was down 17.6 percent and at 6pm down 40.9 percent year-over year.
After investigative reporter Brad Edwards was fired from the Indianapolis CBS-affiliate, it was reported that Dumandan, who anchored the 5 to 8 a.m. newscast, had also been cut loose. WISH general manager Jeff White denied those reports, saying the morning anchor was just on vacation. Dumandan reported for the station after White’s denial, but has not been on the air at WISH since January 6.
Dumandan’s absence has been a topic of conversation on the station’s Facebook page, with several viewers inquiring about the morning anchor’s whereabouts. WISH has responded to each of the posts with a one-sentence statement that reads, “I understand you have questions, however it is our policy not to comment on personnel matters.” Read more
Edwards, who told TVSpy there are many details he won’t reveal “because there are many at an ever-leaner WISH TV I hold dear,” was fired halfway through his three-year contract because his high salary put “too much pressure” on the station’s budget, WISH insiders say.
“My dismissal is as mundane as money,” Edwards said.
Edwards, an award-winning investigative reporter at WISH, was aware of the risk his high salary posed and asked station management if he could interview elsewhere, WISH sources say. He was told he was “safe.”
NewsBlues reports Edwards was escorted from the building. He last appeared on the 6 p.m. newscast yesterday, reporting on fraud in the fund for the victims of Indianapolis’ State Fair tragedy earlier this year.
Edwards’ bio is no longer up on the WISH website. An email from TVSpy to his WISH email address immediately bounced back with a delivery status failure notification.
WISH news director Patti McGettigan did not respond to a request for comment.