Category: Billable Hours

SUPREME SETTLEMENT 

Yes, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against him but Byron Allen is still celebrating.   According to the Los Angeles Times, the media mogul has ended his high-profile legal battle over alleged racism by ...

THIS WEEK IN LITIGATION

A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump must face claims that he violated the First Amendment by revoking or threatening to revoke some journalists’ press credentials and national security clearances. PEN America, ...

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The Dave Crawley saga continues to wind its way through Western Pennsylvania courts. The veteran KDKA reporter (31 years) who has been MIA since he was injured in a stunt during Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers ...

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Less than a week before a North Carolina judicial election, a Mecklenburg County judge went to court to block a tv news story that she believed would cause “irreparable harm” to her re-election. It ...

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Breakin’ up is hard to do, and it often gets messy. Take the case of former KXAN investigative reporter Brian Collister. Collister recently filed two lawsuits claiming that two individuals connected with a local ...

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Checkbook, please. More than a year and a half after now-former KSHB sports anchor Dee Jackson filed a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the Kansas City Scripps station, a settlement has been reached. ...

FNC WANTS OFF THE HOOK

Fox News Channel continues to insist that, despite its prime-time circus performers insistent pushing of the debunked conspiracy theory about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, his parents have no case ...

A $76 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Call it the largest $$$ settlement in the history of the National Labor Relations Board. In a backpay dispute battle involving union workers stretching back 16 years to 2003, CNN has agreed to fork ...

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A lawsuit filed by Virginia state Sen. Joe Morrissey, against Scripps WTVR, columnist Mark Holmberg and other television station employees was dismissed in federal court last week. Morrissey’s lawsuit grew out of a Sept. ...

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It seems that Meredith and its Nashville station WSMV are in a full-on apology tour and throwing the station’s previous management under the bus in the process. The corporation has settled the age discrimination ...

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Scott Steele, a former meteorologist for WTMJ in Milwaukee, WI., has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the station and station owner Scripps Media. Steele, who is joined by two other Jewish former employees, ...

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And here we go again at “60 Minutes.” On Tuesday morning, lawyers filed a gender discrimination and retaliation complaint against the network on behalf of London-based “60 Minutes” associate producer Cassandra Vinograd, alleging that ...

THE ROAD TO TOKYO

CNBC reports NBCUniversal has received more than $1 billion in national advertising commitments for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the company said Tuesday. On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, executives said this ...

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The other shoe finally dropped and still another harassment lawsuit at Fox News.. Britt McHenry, a host on Fox News‘ streaming service, Fox Nation, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Tuesday against the network ...

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Just when it looked like another juicy age and gender discrimination tale was about to unfold…..someone caved. In this case, it was CBS, which came to a settlement agreement with Michele Gillen, an Emmy-winning ...

THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL

It’s getting a grimmer for suspended WFLD anchor Rafer Weigel. An Indiana judge granted an order of protection against Weigel, who’s been anchoring mornings at Fox-owned WFLD. As we reported a week ago, the ...

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Reginald Roundtree, former anchor at Tegna’s WTSP in Tampa, FL is suing his former employer, accusing the station and its parent company of firing him in retaliation for raising an age discrimination complaint. The ...

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Disgraced “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose won a court battle last week, when a civil claim that Rose retaliated against three women who complained about his alleged sexual harassment was tossed. New York ...

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In yet another example of why non-compete clauses are simply ridiculous, a former Knoxville, TN tv chief meteorologist is suing the television station that DUMPED him back in April because it is enforcing a ...

LONE SURVIVOR SUES

Gray’s WDBJ in Roanoke, VA is defending a lawsuit filed by the only survivor of the 2015 on-air shooting that claimed the life of a reporter and cameraman. The suit, filed in Franklin County ...

NY1 UNDER THE GUN

And the litigation continues…. Two former on-air journalists at NY1 charged in a new lawsuit this week that getting pregnant was a career ender at the 24-hour news network. Thalia Perez and Michelle Greenstein ...

THIS WEEK IN LITIGATION II

WBBH in Ft. Myers, FL, and a former investigative reporter for the station, have come out on top in a more-than-two-year-long civil libel lawsuit filed by former 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Stephen Russell. ...

THIS WEEK IN LITIGATION III

After two years of waging an international court case against revenge porn, former WPXI (Pittsburgh) news anchor Darieth Chisolm can claim victory. Chisolm’s ex-boyfriend, Donovan Powell of Jamaica pleaded guilty in Jamaican court to ...

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We’ve been following the story of veteran KDKA reporter Dave Crawley’s long ordeal after an accident he suffered while on assignment for the station. It was in August of 2017 during the Three River ...

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If you didn’t seen this one coming when he was dumped by Meredith’s WGCL last April, you probably just weren’t paying close enough attention. Former chief meteorologist Paul Ossman is suing the station claiming ...

LAWSUIT DROPPED

Laurie Luhn, the former Fox News staffer who made sexual abuse allegations against Roger Ailes, has dropped a $750 million lawsuit against Showtime over the forthcoming miniseries “Loudest Voice.” That lawsuit accused Showtime and ...

GETTING HER LOST WAGES

We’ve been following the winding legal saga of former KSHB reporter Lisa Benson Cooper who last February successfully won part of a federal lawsuit she brought against the station. The saga took another recent ...

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The court papers were filed earlier this year. Now, Marshall Broadcasting Group has filed a complaint with the FCC against Nexstar. Both the court papers and the FCC complaint accuse Nexstar of breach of ...

A CAUTIONARY TALE

Why do you have to go the extra mile to verify the information you’re about to put on the air? After three years of winding through the courts, Ohio’s Supreme Court will hear arguments ...

VAN SUSTEREN/NBC NEWS TUSSLE?

We’re getting word that newly-minted Gray Television employee Greta Van Susteren is in arbitration with NBC News, claiming that her cancelled MSNBC show “For the Record with Greta,” “didn’t get sufficient backing from the network and ...

WARNER WOLF GET OFF THE HOOK

If you bet that retired sportscaster Warner Wolf was going to get hammered over his ill-advised vandalism at his Florida gated community….you lost! Wolf was charged with felony criminal mischief last month after he ...

TEGNA TAMPA DRAMA

Tight lips all around in Tampa-St. Pete following the abrupt firing of longtime Reginald Roundtreeat at Tegna’s WTSP. Roundtree’s sudden dismissal after more two decades with the station apparently came as the result of ...

LES WANTS TO GET PAID

Neither a failed corporate coup, nor a string of #MeToo accusations from the famous and not-so-famous – no, not even an ignominious firing under the worst of circumstance is going to keep ousted CBS ...

KELLY GETS PAID FOR FAILURE

It’s safe to say there is absolutely nobody outside of Andrew Lack (inexplicably, still NBC News President) and his entourage who thought Megyn Kelly has a prayer of successfully transforming from a hard-nosed Fox ...

IT’S SINCLAIR

Sinclair lost Tribune due to its sketchy handling of the Tribune deal, it made the dubious decision to hire on Boris Epshteyn as its “chief political analyst.” And now it has an age discrimination ...

NOW THE FUN BEGINS

Watch the billable hours mount up. On the same conference call yesterday during which Tribune Media announced it was pulling out of the $3.9 billion deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group, it also announced it ...

MOONVES KEEPS JOB – FOR NOW

Reports late yesterday indicated that CBS CEO Les Moonves it thinking about stepping aside while an internal investigation of misconduct by him and the network’s overall culture is undertaken, even as the CBS board ...

LES IS MORE TROUBLE FOR CBS

The three most terrifying words a studio or network executive can hear today: “Ronan Farrow called.” He’s done it again with another “New Yorker” piece about sexual misconduct in high media places. This time ...