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WISH says reporter firing not due to downsizing

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WISH-TV Channel 8 General Manager Jeff White said the dismissal of field reporter Brad Edwards was not part of a bigger staff downsizing.

Despite rumors swirling about WISH in media circles, White said there have been no other terminations at the station. “This is an isolated incident,” he said.

At least one industry website said morning anchor Joy Dumandan was on the way out at WISH, but White said that report was incorrect.

Dumandan, an anchor with WISH since 2001, has been on vacation but is still with the station, White said.

Edwards told trade website TVSpy last week “My dismissal is as mundane as money,” adding that his three-year contract was terminated with more than a year remaining on it due to his salary.

Edwards told TVSpy there are many details he won’t reveal “because there are many at an ever-leaner WISH TV I hold dear.”

Edwards could not be reached by IBJ for comment.

“I can confirm that Brad was let go, but it wasn’t done for financial reasons,” White said. “We are actively looking to replace Brad and are looking forward to adding to our staff.”

White wouldn’t elaborate on why Edwards was fired, but added that WISH will add two new reporter positions to its staff in addition to Edward’s replacement. White said there is no timetable to replace Edwards, but said the search is already underway.

White also cited WISH’s extensive plans to cover the upcoming Super Bowl in Indianapolis by using indoor and outdoor on-location studios near Lucas Oil Stadium as proof the station was not scrimping financially.

“We remain committed to growing our news programming,” White said. “We feel the move we’ve made will be best for our station and our viewers.”

Before coming to WISH, Edwards, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native and Michigan State University graduate, worked as a field reporter and fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV Channel 2, Detroit’s Fox affiliate.

Before coming to WJBK, Edwards did stints at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and WLNS-TV in Lansing, Mich. He won six local Emmy Awards for his stories.

Edwards appeared primarily during late-afternoon and evening newscasts for WISH, handling a variety of field and investigative reports for the Indianapolis station, a CBS affiliate owned by Rhode Island-based Lin Television Corp.

For the last several years, WISH has been battling WTHR-TV Channel 13, an NBC affiliate, for local TV news supremacy. More recently, WXIN-TV Channel 59, a Fox affiliate, has joined the battle by beefing up its newscast schedule.

 

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  • Following Joy
    I have been watching news team 8 for years. I do not like Lauren Lowery at all. She talks over everyone, thinks she is funny, acts like a high school girl not a professional reporter. I miss Joy D. and want to know when she will take back her spot as anchor? If I want to watch kids do the news I would watch Fox 59! Glad 13 is back on Dish, good bye 8. I will miss Randy the most!
  • JOY
    Hello,If these tv stations that say they're
    for the people trying to get you to watch them,then why can't they tell the truth about all things. Like the other person said
    that's some vacation personally I really liked Ms Dumandan,and her style sorry to see
    her go,and I would like to see her somewhere else here in indy. Good Luck JOY.
  • Mad
    JOy Dumandan got the boot because Lauran Lowery is doing more than a good job.
  • Why
    I enjoyed watching Brad over the past year. He had the guts to ask tough questions of people on the spot and he didn't gloss over stories that needed more depth than what a 15 second sound bite could offer. If he rubbed some people the wrong way, so be it. I think he had the integrity to tell it like it is instead of some "Barbie Doll" that barely scratched the surface with a story. I'll miss Brad's reports.
  • Liars
    The article was written 3 weeks ago and says "Dumandan, an anchor with WISH since 2001, has been on vacation but is still with the station, White said."
    well, that's some vacation because she hasn't come back. What the article doesn't say is, after 10 years, WISH management wanted her to take demotion and a significant pay cut. Way to get rid of everybody right before the Superbowl, only the biggest event in Indianapolis history.
  • Awards
    I think he's won more awards that any other reporter there. Edward Murrow, and Emmy. WISH tv management wants soulless drones "reading" the news (Eric, Lauren, Daniel...) Shame. Mr. Edwards will find a place where his talent is appreciated, and it'll be someone where better than lame Wish tv. Sounds like Jeff called a friend to write this article, because it's clearly one sided.
  • IBJ looking for talent?
    Maybe the IBJ needs to beef up its multi-media efforts with a award winning journalist to expand its reach with its Fox 59 partnership,radio, & webcasts.
  • Joy IS gone
    Her contract was NOT renewed.
  • WISHTV is pathetic
    He won Indiana reporter of the year, and they fire him? Hope he ends up at Fox59 or 13.
  • Brad will be missed
    Interview with Donald Fair about Tim Durham

    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/i_team_8/the-man-who-sold-his-name-to-durham-fair-finances-donald-fair

    Indiana's billion dollar family feud: Simon v. Simon

    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/indianas-billion-dollar-family-feud-simon-v-simon

    Hope Brad Edwards lands at another Indy station. We need more reporters like him here.
  • Oh, Brad....
    I will miss him, kind of miss him. He was hard nose, almost too hard nose. Do you remember the Bisard press conference (that reeked of cover up)? He was on them like stink on dog droppings and rightfully so.

    He was also throwback, reminding me of a beat reporter from the 60's. He used words like "slammer" instead of "Marion County Lockup." He often was unintenionally funny and kind of obnoxious but generally cool. I think that he could be a great actor, playing a 50's private eye, lol.

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