Company board membership for TV biz journalist lasts one day
Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the company board membership of a television business journalist announced earlier this week lasted all of one day.
Owen wrote, “A viewer e-mailed after reading in yesterday’s Post-Gazette that KDKA-TV reporter Jon Delano was named to the board of directors of Pennsylvania American Water. The viewer wondered if this meant KDKA would no longer cover water rates and associated matters in municipalities served by PAW because of the potential for conflict of interest. I wondered the same thing and e-mailed Delano and KDKA news director John Verrilli and put the question to them.
“‘KDKA-TV management was not consulted in advance of Jon’s appointment to the board of the Pennsylvania American Water Co.,’ Verrilli responded by e-mail. ‘After Jon was made aware of the station’s concerns about the appearance of a conflict of interest, Jon has made the decision to resign from the PAW board effective today.’
“Other local TV personalities serve on boards, including WTAE’s Sally Wiggin, who is on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. She’s also reported stories about zoo animals.”
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