Tegna comprised the broadcast TV and digital media divisions of the old Gannett. Longtime morning traffic reporter Mimi Pearce has departed WTHR-TV Channel 13 as part of a strategic change in the way the station covers traffic. Please enable JavaScript to view this content. It’s just another of the olds that Tegna has pushed out the door. Remember WTHR asked all of our reporters and anchors to come up with a list of little-known facts about themselves so you can get to know them better. Brouder said the morning traffic reports “will take on a more social, interactive presentation interwoven into a broader conversation of the day’s events.”. Quotation [17] = " 'An insider newsy website' - Hoda Kotb" // pattern, adding to the array. // Copyright 2004 by CodeLifter.com WTHR said it will no longer have a dedicated person covering traffic. var Q = Quotation.length; Us      @2020 FTVLive.com Quotation[10] = "'The statement from New York-based NBC was in response to a report on the FTVLive' - Bloomberg"; "Channel 13 has made a change to traffic operations. Editor's note: You can comment on IBJ stories by signing in to your IBJ account. Quotation [12] = "'...has handed in his resignation, according to FTVLive.com' - TVNewser" window._taboola = window._taboola || []; 13 things you didn't know about Mimi Pearce. Quotation[9] = "'FTVLive.com Scooped Everyone With News...' - About.com "; Pearce signed off on Wednesday thanking viewers and colleagues. // Do not change anything below this line WTHR for years has been one of the top rated local news stations in the Indianapolis markets. "Channel 13 has made a … Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated. Quotation [11] = "'Scott Jones, whose FTVLive.com Web site broke the story...' - LA Daily News" For three decades, she has been part of the Morning Show team on WFMS and is married to host Jim Denny. Article limit resets in {{ count_down }} days. Twitter   |   Dozens of Pearce’s Twitter followers responded to the message, expressing disbelief and sadness. Last June, WTHR was sold by its longtime owner, Columbus, Ohio-based Dispatch Broadcast Group to Tysons, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. Quotation[6] = "'The site that everyone that works in TV News turns to...' - NPR "; Longtime morning traffic reporter Mimi Pearce has departed WTHR-TV Channel 13 as part of a strategic change in the way the station covers traffic. WTHR posted Pearce's farewell message video Wednesday morning. "Wow, 19 years," Pearce said. function showQuotation(){document.write(Quotation[whichQuotation]);} he greatest traffic reporter in our state’s history and one of the finest people I’ve ever known.”. In recent years it has been fighting with WXIN-TV Channel 59 for the top spot in terms of viewership in this market. Contact “The role will be shared among weather, a social reporter and, if warranted, an anchor. One of the first steps in the transformation was seen Wednesday, Brouder said, as WTHR unveiled a new graphics package during its morning newscast. Pearce's post received more than 500 comments with many viewers outraged -- not only that Pearce was being let go from the station, but that it happened during an uncertain time in America with the coronavirus outbreak. “The traditional traffic reporter will not exist in this new model,” WTHR General Manager and President Michael Brouder told IBJ. Tegna, which owns or operates 62 television stations in 51 markets, was created in June 2015 when media conglomerate Gannett Co. split into two publicly traded companies. Quotation [20] = " ' ...first published by the website FTVLive' - The Hill" “[So] WTHR is pivoting to remain relevant in that space.”. [It] all depends on the story of traffic on the particular day.”, Brouder said the coverage shift is part of bigger changes to update the way the station delivers news “across all of our distribution platforms.”, “WTHR recognizes that the way people get their news and traffic has changed enormously,” Brouder said. “This spirit of innovation will be reflected in how we tell our stories and the way these stories are presented,” he said. Pearce said on her Twitter account that “Channel 13 has made changes to its traffic operation [and] as a result, today was my last day.”. Reach her via email: dbenbow@indystar.com. Pearce bid farewell Wednesday on her last day on the air at the station, thanking viewers and colleagues. Neither Pearce, who had been at the station for 18 years, nor WTHR officials disclosed whether she was fired or resigned. [It] all depends on the story of traffic on the particular day.”. Quotation [13] = " '(FTVLive) is a Mad Blogger'- Piers Morgan" … - Greta Van Susteren" Raquel Bahamonde, owner of Indianapolis-based public relations firm Bahamonde Communications, called WTHR’s decision regarding Pearce a “giant mistake.” She called Pearce, who has worked in the Indianapolis market since graduating from Butler, “one of the best in the business.”, Meteorologist Chuck Lofton, who has been at WTHR for 35 years, weighed in on Twitter, calling Pearce “the greatest traffic reporter in our state’s history and one of the finest people I’ve ever known.”. The Dispatch Group, which was controlled by the Wolfe family and known for heavily investing in WTHR, had owned the station since 1975. (function() {if(window.ImageLoader) { window.ImageLoader.bootstrap({}, document); }})();Squarespace.afterBodyLoad(Y). Mimi Pearce, 55, was let go from the Tegna-owned television station Wednesday morning, according to a Facebook post on her Mimi Pearce WTHR page. // to increment the Quotation[x] index! // ============================================== Quotation[0] = "'Mr. “[So] WTHR is pivoting to remain relevant in that space.” One of the first steps in the transformation was seen Wednesday, Brouder said, as WTHR unveiled a new graphics package during its morning newscast. Pearce signed off on Wednesday thanking viewers and colleagues. WTHR president and general manager Michael Brouder did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Quotation[5] = "'FTVLive was the first site to break the Jay Leno story' - KNX Radio"; Quotation [14] = " 'FTVLive's Scott Jones one of the Most Important Media Reporters in America'- Mediaite" "Regardless of the future direction you’re headed basically you’ve made your org(anization) look like a cold hearted beast...decades of service appreciated Mimi.". "When my disabled daughter, Annalee, took a liking to you several years ago you went above and beyond to make her happy by spending time with her at cookbook signings," wrote Carl Camacho, " and you even sent her a birthday card, which is still hanging in her room. Quotation [19] = " 'FTVLive.com, a prominent television industry website' - Lexington Herald Leader" ", "I am grateful to each and every one of you. Klein's imminent exit was first reported by FTVLive' - NY Times"; Quotation [15] = " 'FTVLive Reported the Story First'- NY Times" Greg Cooper wrote sharing the post. Neither Pearce nor WTHR, which is owned by Tegna disclosed whether she was fired or resigned, because you know, the communications business. Quotation [16] = " 'FTVLive.com a website I go too often for the latest news about the TV business (you should, too!)' (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ============================================== WISH-TV signs news-broadcasting agreement with South Bend station, WISH-TV sues Dish TV over fee negotiations, claims racial discrimination, Emmis takes step toward diversification with $75M acquisition of sound-masking biz, Gannett names USA Today regional editor to lead Indianapolis Star newsroom. Pearce, a Butler University graduate who grew up in Martinsville, said on Twitter that she would continue to provide radio traffic reports for local country radio station WFMS-FM 95.5, which she has done for 34 years. // Set up the quotations to be shown, below. Longtime WTHR (Indianapolis) Traffic Reporter Mimi Pearce has left the station after almost 2 decades. May you find peace and comfort in these uncertain times and may God Bless You.". Mimi Pearce, 55, was let go from the Tegna-owned television station Wednesday morning, according to a Facebook post on her Mimi Pearce WTHR page. The most challenging time in the history of modern human kind and you do this now?" God Bless!". https://www.facebook.com/Mimi-Pearce-Traffic-109607650672129 showQuotation(); Longtime WTHR (Indianapolis) Traffic Reporter Mimi Pearce has left the station after almost 2 decades. |   “The role will be shared among weather, a social reporter and, if warranted, an anchor. // Free for all; but please leave in this header. You’ll find me on my new FB page Mimi Pearce Traffic and I’ll still help you with the commute on my radio home WFMS. 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"Really WTHR? “Channel 13 has made changes to its traffic operation [and] as a result, today was my last day,” she posted on social media. She was the 1982 Morgan County Fair queen, the early morning voice for 30 years on 95.5-WFMS in between country songs and banter and, for the past 19 years, she was the woman directing traffic in the mornings on WTHR Sunrise. Many viewers took to Facebook to tell stories of how Pearce had helped them through the years. Quotation[7] = "'FTVLive Delivers some of the TV World's Biggest Scoops' - Tonawanda News "; _taboola.push({flush: true}); Brouder said the coverage shift is part of bigger changes to update the way the station delivers news “across all of our distribution platforms.” “WTHR recognizes that the way people get their news and traffic has changed enormously,” Brouder said. Pearce said she may talk further in the future. March 4, 2020. Facebook   She could not be reached for further comment. Pearce. Follow IndyStar sports reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow. Pearce, who grew up in Martinsville and is a 1986 Butler University graduate, came to WTHR in 2002 as the Sunrise team traffic anchor. Through a lawyer, Pearce responded to the IndyStar, saying she had no comment at this time other than "WTHR made changes to its traffic operations" and she can still be heard on WFMS. var whichQuotation=Math.round(Math.random()*(Q-1)); “This spirit of innovation will be reflected in how we tell our stories and the way these stories are presented,” he said. WTHR said it will no longer have a dedicated person covering traffic. // ====================================== Quotation [18] = " 'FTVLive is the Most Incrediable thing in our Business' - i24News" Quotation[1] = "'The One-Man Website That Broke the Jay Leno Story' - About.com "; If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. 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