Hayward’s Long Haul

Anchor JC Hayward has been on a hiatus from the noon newscast at WUSA CBS-9 ever since October 1st. That was the day that the D.C. attorney general named her as one of five people involved in an scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from Options Public Charter school for troubled youth. WUSA has indicated that she will be kept off the airwaves until the case is resolved. And now, that’s begining to look like a long time.

On February 3rd, DC Superior Court judge Craig Iscoe laid out the schedule for the remainder of the case, and the trial wont even start until next year. Hayward has maintained her innocence in the whole affair and has requested to be removed from the list of defendants in the indictment. But barring that, it appears the legal proceedings could stretch on for quite a while.

FishbowlDC asked WUSA what their plans were for the fallen anchor, but we were merely given the same one line statement from station GM Mark Burdett that he issued in the wake of the indictment last year:

“JC is a leader in the community and has been a mentor to young people aspiring to work in TV for decades. All of us here at WUSA are hoping for a speedy resolution to these legal proceedings .”

When pressed further on whether Hayward would indeed stay off the air unless and until case was resolved, WUSA gave us the silent treatment.

Conclude from that what you will, but we think JC may need to start looking for a new day job…