Reporter Fired Because he Was "Painful to Watch"


WHP CBS 21 (Harrisburg,Pa) Reporter Kirk Wilson is no longer with the station. According to an email that News Director David Baer sent to the staff, Wilson "resigned."

But, Wilson says that was not the case.

Kirk Wilson is the former Mayor in Carlisle, Pa and he says he was let go from the station because according to Baer he was "painful to watch."

After the email went out to the staff from Baer saying that Wilson "resigned," Wilson went onto his Facebook page to set the record straight:

"I understand the news director at WHP issued an email to the staff saying I resigned. True, I signed a letter, but he's being disingenuous.

I didn't intend to get in this detail, but he forced the issue. I was called into a meeting with him, the general manager and the HR director. The news director told me I didn't meet the reporting standards of SBG TV. I was "painful to watch," neither me nor my stories were conversational. I'll stop there. It got worse.

I was told I could participate in his aggressive re-training program. But he doubted I could improve to his satisfaction. What choice did I have? Continue to be humiliated or resign.

David, don't make it appear like it was something I wanted to do.

But I'm okay. Just don't like someone else misinterpreting by actions.

So on the way home, I stop at the Uni Mart on North Front St at Linglestown Road. I walk up to the clerk. She says, "I know you. I watch you on CBS 21 News every night." I told her not any more. She asked why, and I told her. She said to me, "You're my favorite reporter. I think I'm going to cry."

The real people are appreciative of what you do."

News Director Baer would not comment on Wilson's firing/resigning because it is related "to a personnel decision."

Of course this is the communications business.