Friday, February 17, 2006

Newsflash: Paul Stueber out at WBRE

Tipsters are reporting that WBRE news director Paul Stueber was fired today. According to one person:

"Around 3pm the HR person went into his office. At 3:10 she escorted him out of the building with his personal belongings in tow. No one is talking details. Must be pretty bad since WBRE is in the middle of sweeps and the olympics."

I'll have more details when it becomes available. If you know what's up, shoot me an e-mail.

UPDATE: According to a station employee, WBRE/WYOU GM John Dittmeier did not say why Stueber was let go. "I guess that means [he was] fired," the employee said.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No rumor mill cranking away on this one, nobody saw it coming. His well-being seems to be the uppermost concern, Paul's health is not good. His being dismissed is most assuredly bad news...

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former WBRE employee, I'm shocked they fired Paul. He could be gruff at times, but I think he was one of the few good guys left in this business.

Paul was probably too outspoken for WBRE management to handle, though. Remember, this is why he got fired from WNEP...he and Rene LaSpina crossed paths, and she crossed him.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many have heard or experienced first-hand Paul's abrasive side, but not me. He hired me many years ago, and we never had a cross word. I'd hear things about him and wonder how it could come from the nice guy I knew. Sorry to hear he's out at WBRE, he was always nice to me...makes me wonder what happened...Hope he's ok.

It's too bad Deathstar couldn't/wouldn't give him the ability to compete with WNEP...I'm sure he didn't all of a sudden _forget_ how to do what he did there, helping to turn that organization around way-back-when.

To borrow a phrase from him:
Be well, Paul.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Stueber is one of the true professionals left in this business.He's been around the block in the big markets.Paul will be back in a bigger and better capacity and for a station group that will appreciate his style and talents.He should be a News Director in a top 20 market!!!

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Walter Brasch said...

I also saw Paul'
s gruff side, but he was a news professional who was furious (or, perhaps, just upset) at the incompetence of some of the reporters. This failure to be warm and fuzzy probably didn't set well with Management.
Walter Brasch, professor of journalism, Bloomsburg University

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this guy from about 40 years ago. His name happened to pop into my mind, so I googled him and found these posts. I hope he's okay, because I remember him to be a regular guy, and a brilliant newsman. And if I know him at all, he'll land on his feet.

12:49 PM  

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