WCHB Host Loses TV Show Amidst Fraud Charge
July 6, 2009 at 4:51 AM (PT)
WADL-TV/DETROIT has severed its relationship with RADIO ONE Gospel WCHB/DETROIT host MILDRED GADDIS "after reports that she was charging $1,000 to interview candidates for DETROIT city council on a 'Meet the Candidate' series," reports SUSAN WHITALL in THE DETROIT NEWS. "WXYZ-TV's STEVE WILSON reported THURSDAY that the station, citing 'unauthorized payments' to interview subjects, cut ties with GADDIS, known for her crusades against corruption in the city.
"WILSON's reports revealed that that GADDIS charged 14 candidates for interviews that ran on WADL-TV in a series that appeared to be a public affairs program and was not identified as paid programming.
"WILSON interviewed WADL station management, who said GADDIS was not paid to appear on the programs, but made money selling ads for the shows and being paid by those she interviews. He also talked to CHARLES PUGH, the former FOX 2 anchor who is running for City Council. PUGH acknowledged that he paid for his appearance and thought of it as an 'infomercial,' but he would have preferred it to be labeled as such.
"On THURSDAY, GADDIS had WILSON on her morning show to discuss his charges against her. She acknowledged that she'd made a mistake. 'The public has a right to know, and (WILSON) is right about that,' GADDIS said on her morning show. 'He's also said he doesn't think there was an intention to be deceptive.'"