In a story that was six months in the making, WNEM aired an exclusive one-on-one interview this week with a man who accuses longtime U.S. congressman Dale Kildee of sexually molesting him 50 years ago. The interview has grabbed national headlines as Kildee, who has served Michigan's 5th congressional district since 1977, vehemently denies the allegations.
Full story: WNEM Interview Embroils Longtime Congressman in Sexual Abuse Scandal (Tue, 11/22)
The WNEM story that sparked a scandal involving U.S. congressman Dale Kildee this week began its life a year ago. Last year, WNEM anchor Katie O'Mara received a letter. It was from the sister of Patrick Kildee, the man who would eventually come forward and accuse Dale Kildee, his half cousin, of molesting him as an adolescent. The letter disclosed a pattern of abuse by the congressman and O'Mara started investigating.
Full story: WNEM's Story About a Congressman's Alleged Sexual Abuse Began with a Letter From His Relative (Tue, 11/22)
Grand Rapids Press:
Ellen Tailor, co-host of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show on Hot-FM (105.3) and WJIM-FM (97.5) in Lansing, announced tonight on Facebook and Twitter that she is leaving Grand Rapids for a new job in Seattle.
Full story: Ellen Tailor to leave 'Gravy in the Morning' for Seattle's 'Fitz in the Morning' on KKWF (Tue, 11/22)
Broadcasting & Cable:
The Federal Trade Commission has concluded there are no anticompetitive implications to Sinclair's purchase of the Freedom Stations. That came in an early termination notice Tuesday, which is an early ending to its Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review of all mergers over a certain price.
Full story: FTC Approves Sinclair's Freedom Purchase (Tue, 11/22)