Quotation [11] = "'Scott Jones, whose FTVLive.com Web site broke the story...' - LA Daily News" Brouder said the morning traffic reports “will take on a more social, interactive presentation interwoven into a broader conversation of the day’s events.”. She could not be reached for further comment. Neither Pearce nor WTHR, which is owned by Tegna disclosed whether she was fired or resigned, because you know, the communications business. [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. [It] all depends on the story of traffic on the particular day.”. 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.”.

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. Editor's note: You can comment on IBJ stories by signing in to your IBJ account. // ============================================== 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. 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. // to increment the Quotation[x] index! Quotation[3] = "'The TV Blogger who broke the news....' - Gawker"; Quotation[9] = "'FTVLive.com Scooped Everyone With News...' - About.com "; // ====================================== // ====================================== 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.

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Many viewers took to Facebook to tell stories of how Pearce had helped them through the years. Quotation [18] = " 'FTVLive is the Most Incrediable thing in our Business' - i24News" Please enable JavaScript to view this content. Facebook   Quotation [13] = " '(FTVLive) is a Mad Blogger'- Piers Morgan"

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. function showQuotation(){document.write(Quotation[whichQuotation]);} "Channel 13 has made a …

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.

“[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. Dozens of Pearce’s Twitter followers responded to the message, expressing disbelief and sadness. https://www.facebook.com/Mimi-Pearce-Traffic-109607650672129 Greg Cooper wrote sharing the post. Pearce, who grew up in Martinsville and is a 1986 Butler University graduate, came to WTHR in 2002 as the Sunrise team traffic anchor. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Quotation [16] = " 'FTVLive.com a website I go too often for the latest news about the TV business (you should, too!)' In recent years it has been fighting with WXIN-TV Channel 59 for the top spot in terms of viewership in this market. Pearce signed off on Wednesday thanking viewers and colleagues. Pearce. 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. Twitter   |  

Quotation[6] = "'The site that everyone that works in TV News turns to...' - NPR "; Remember - Greta Van Susteren" Neither Pearce nor WTHR, which is owned by Tegna disclosed whether she was fired or resigned, because you know, the communications business. Longtime WTHR (Indianapolis) Traffic Reporter Mimi Pearce has left the station after almost 2 decades. WTHR for years has been one of the top rated local news stations in the Indianapolis markets.

Quotation[2] = "'The story first broke on FTVLive.com' - AP"; 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. It’s just another of the olds that Tegna has pushed out the door. 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. _taboola.push({flush: true}); 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.”. “This spirit of innovation will be reflected in how we tell our stories and the way these stories are presented,” he said. "Really WTHR? // Do not change anything below this line var Quotation=new Array() // do not change this! Last June, WTHR was sold by its longtime owner, Columbus, Ohio-based Dispatch Broadcast Group to Tysons, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. “The traditional traffic reporter will not exist in this new model,” WTHR General Manager and President Michael Brouder told IBJ. … |   // Set up the quotations to be shown, below. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated. Article limit resets in {{ count_down }} days. Quotation [12] = "'...has handed in his resignation, according to FTVLive.com' - TVNewser" “The role will be shared among weather, a social reporter and, if warranted, an anchor. March 4, 2020. “The role will be shared among weather, a social reporter and, if warranted, an anchor. Pearce bid farewell Wednesday on her last day on the air at the station, thanking viewers and colleagues. God Bless!". Quotation[10] = "'The statement from New York-based NBC was in response to a report on the FTVLive' - Bloomberg"; Quotation[8] = "'CNBC wanted a reaction to a story someone had seen on FTVLive' - Vanity Fair "; 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. 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 traditional traffic reporter will not exist in this new model,” WTHR General Manager and President Michael Brouder said. Quotation [19] = " 'FTVLive.com, a prominent television industry website' - Lexington Herald Leader" // Free for all; but please leave in this header. // To add more quotations, continue with the “Channel 13 has made changes to its traffic operation [and] as a result, today was my last day,” she posted on social media. "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.". If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. May you find peace and comfort in these uncertain times and may God Bless You.".

", "I am grateful to each and every one of you. "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. The most challenging time in the history of modern human kind and you do this now?" (function() {if(window.ImageLoader) { window.ImageLoader.bootstrap({}, document); }})();Squarespace.afterBodyLoad(Y). Klein's imminent exit was first reported by FTVLive' - NY Times"; WTHR said it will no longer have a dedicated person covering traffic. Quotation [17] = " 'An insider newsy website' - Hoda Kotb" Quotation [14] = " 'FTVLive's Scott Jones one of the Most Important Media Reporters in America'- Mediaite" Follow IndyStar sports reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow. WTHR posted Pearce's farewell message video Wednesday morning.

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. "Channel 13 has made a change to traffic operations. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ============================================== Us      @2020 FTVLive.com Reach her via email: dbenbow@indystar.com. // Copyright 2004 by CodeLifter.com 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.

The Dispatch Group, which was controlled by the Wolfe family and known for heavily investing in WTHR, had owned the station since 1975. For three decades, she has been part of the Morning Show team on WFMS and is married to host Jim Denny. 13 things you didn't know about Mimi Pearce. Quotation[4] = "'FTVLive a TV news website that is often on the money...' - LA Times";



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