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Posted 4/2/98


WFLA-NEWSCHANNEL8/Tampa Bay

5:30PM Newscast April 2, 1998

MILK

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AUTHOR=JKE
DATE=04/02/98
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SQ/SS= LAWSUIT
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TONIGHT TWO T-V REPORTERS ARE SUING FOX TELEVISION FOR WHAT THEY CALL A COVER-UP HERE IN TAMPA.
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THE REPORTERS, ALONG WITH THE FLORIDA CONSUMER ACTION NETWORK, OUTLINED THE SUIT TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE.
STEVE WILSON, AND HIS WIFE JANE AKRE SAY THEY TRIED TO REPORT ON THE DANGERS OF THE B-G-H HORMONE IN MILK.
THEY SAY THEIR STORY WAS DROPPED WHEN THE MAKER OF THE HORMONE, MONSANTO CHEMICAL, HIRED A LAWYER WHO PRESSURED STATION W-T-V-T TO CANCEL THE STORY.
THE REPORTERS SAY THE STATION TRIED TO PAY THEM TO KEEP QUIET AND FIRED THEM BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO BROADCAST FALSE, MISLEADING REPORTS.
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ACCORDING TO W-T-V-T, WILSON AND AKRE WERE NOT OBJECTIVE IN THE STORY AND WOULD NOT ACCEPT SUPERVISION FROM STATION MANAGEMENT.
W-T-V-T DENIES IT EVER TRIED TO PAY OFF THE REPORTERS OR ASK THEM TO REPORT FALSE INFORMATION.
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