Florida News Center has been on vacation for the past ten days….here is some of what we missed…
10/26/11 – UPDATE – WJHG-TV officials have contacted Florida News Center to set us straight on our story below. Apparently the rumors swirling around the panhandle about a $600k settlement, were (as we reported and expected) just rumors.
Officials tell Florida News Center “that the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.” However, no further information was given on the allegations contained in the sexual harassment suit.
10/9/11 – Florida News Center has learned that a settlement has been reached in the sexual harassment suit filed by meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) against her former employer, Panama City’s WJHG-TV and its owner Gray Television. While official court papers, filed back in August, do not disclose the official settlement amount, rumors swirling around the panhandle say that the settlement number is upwards of $600,000 plus (refer to 10/26/11 update above).
As Florida News Center reported back in February 2011, former WJHG morning/noon meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) alleged that former Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelley (right) sent a full-frontal nude photograph of himself and made multiple suggestive, verbal and physical sexual advances towards her over a two year time period. Legal documentation stated that Sawyer (Craven) complied with Gray’s sexual harassment policy and reported Kelley’s advances multiple times to WJHG-TV management (including then News Director Tom Lewis, GM Kurt Molander and WCTV-TV GM Nick Waller). The lawsuit further alleged that WJHG-TV/Gray Television subjected her to “unlawful sexual harassment, retaliated against her, and discriminated against her based on her pregnancy,” in the lawsuit submitted to United States District Court.
Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.
(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Gray Television Inc (owners of Tallahassee’s WCTV and Panama City’s WJHG). today announced preliminary results for the three-month period ended June 30 that exceeded the company’s estimates made in May. It will release its actual numbers on Aug. 8.
On a preliminary basis, total revenue is expected to increase $600,000, or 1%, to $76.2 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the second quarter of 2010 due primarily to increased local and Internet advertising and retransmission consent revenue, partially offset by decreased national and political advertising revenue….Cont….
Gavin Maliska has been named the new news director at Panama City’s WJHG. Maliska fills the position that was left open by Mark Wildman, who was abruptly let go from WJHG in March this year.
Maliska was most recently news director for KECI/KCFW/KTVM, “NBC Montana.” Followers of Florida News Center might remember him as the news director at Orlando’s WOFL, from 2008-2009. Stay tuned for further developments.
(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Gray Television Inc. today announced results from operations for the three month period ended March 31, reporting that revenue decreased 1% from the year-earlier quarter to $69.7 million from $70.5 million.
The company said that the decrease was primarily due to decreased national and political advertising revenue, partially offset by increased local and internet advertising revenue and retransmission consent revenue. Political advertising revenue decreased due to decreased advertising from political candidates and special interest groups in the “off year” of the two year election cycle.
Net advertising revenue associated with the broadcast of the 2011 Super Bowl on its one primary Fox-affiliated channel and four secondary Fox channels approximated $200,000, which was a decrease from its approximated $900,000 earned in 2010 in connection with the broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl on its 17 CBS affiliates….Cont….