WTAE vp and GM Charles Wolfertz III went on-air at the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate to apologize for what one of his anchors recently wrote on Facebook.
“Wendy Bell posted a message on her Facebook page that offended many of our viewers,” Wolfertz said in an editorial the station also posted on its website. “Her post offended us.”
WTAE also posted the text of the editorial.
We at WTAE would like to apologize for the actions of one of our anchors earlier this week. Wendy Bell posted a message on her Facebook page that offended many of our viewers. Her post offended us.
Wendy has since apologized for what she wrote and acknowledged it was insensitive. Wendy is sorry for the words she chose, and so are we. It was an egregious lack of judgment.
WTAE regrets it happened and is committed to making sure something like this doesn’t happen again. Now that the post is down, WTAE management is initiating a comprehensive examination of the issue and will take appropriate action We are committed to working with local community organizations to further the dialogue around these important issues.
We believe what happened at WTAE this week should be something we all learn from. We can and will be better.