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"I could not with a clear conscience go into that newsroom and tell the staff that this was a good thing," explained former WEAU-13 news director Glen Mabie. Mabie resigned from the northwest Wisconsin television station "because of a disagreement ... regarding coverage of medical topics." WEAU's management "attempted in recent weeks to negotiate a deal with Sacred Heart Hospital in which TV-13 would run medical stories featuring personnel from that hospital and its affiliates but not employees of other Chippewa Valley hospitals or clinics." Mabie said, "My problem with this is it was going to dictate newsroom content." This week, after an official with WEAU owner Gray Television "met with the station's staff ... the company decided not to proceed with the agreement." Mabie "said he hopes to land a communications or marketing job but acknowledged his future is uncertain."
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CJR interviews Mabie
Columbia Journalism Review has an [http://www.cjr.org/the_observatory/news_director_quits_over_hospi.php interview with Glen Mabie] on their website: