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According to a report by Jose Lambiet, veteran WFOR reporter Gary Nelson has taken the unusual step of raising public questions about the CBS O&O’s overtime policies–in emails shared with the entire newsroom.
“According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and (news director) Liz Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days,” Lambiet reports. “Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.”
WFOR has a history of conflict, including a reported “internal investigation” led by CBS bosses in New York into difficulties between talent and management:
Allegations include that newsroom employees were told to work overtime for no pay, the lack of open communication with management, and comments to reporters that they “don’t appeal to the right demographics.”
The poisoned atmosphere has been fueled further by difficult contract talks with some of the talent, and the departures of several high-profile personalities.