Jesus. As if those YouTube videos of reporters falling down in funny ways weren't bad enough. Mobile, Alabama's WPMI-TV thought it was a cool idea to post tweets of breaking news on a billboard next to anchors' pictures. Nope! [PalmettoScoop]
Apparently WPMI-TV managers did not think this was as funny as we do. Lagniappe has an update:
WPMI-TV insiders have confirmed what has been a swirling rumor for the past day - that the station's general manager and news director were suspended for a week because of an embarrassing billboard.
General Manager Shea Grandquest and News Director Wes Finley have been suspended, allegedly because of a "snafu" with one of the electronic billboards in town that showed a picture of anchors Greg Peterson and Kym Thurman and Chief Meteorologist Derek Beasley alongside the headline "3 Accused of Gang Rape in Monroeville." The headline was under the header "Right Now on Twitter," and clearly was aimed at promoting the station's breaking news, but a photo of it has made its way to e-mails all over town and brought plenty of laughs.