A QUEEN has lost her crown.
NBC10 has confirmed that reporter Nefertiti Jaquez is no longer with the station.
A spokesman declined to reveal the reason, citing a "no comment" policy on personnel matters, but several sources say that Jaquez's departure was connected to her reporting on slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III last Thursday night.
According to TVSpy, Jaquez, at 5:34 p.m. last Thursday, reported live from Temple University Hospital that she had solid information that the officer was dead. About 10 minutes later, NBC10 backpedaled, reporting that the officer was in extremely critical condition.
Attempts to reach Jaquez have been unsuccessful.
It's not the first time Jaquez was in hot water. After the deadly Market Street building collapse, in 2013, she reported that L&I Supervisor Ronald Wagenhoffer created a cellphone video in which he said, "It was my fault." He then committed suicide. That report turned out to be false.
Within hours, people in the mayor's office had thrown a fit, declaring on Twitter that Jaquez misheard or misunderstood Wagenhoffer's words in the video, and that he actually said, "It wasn't my fault."
WIP's Rob leaving for BOB
Sportsradio 94WIP nighttime host Rob Ellis is leaving to host a new show for Comcast, "BOB," short for "Breakfast on Broad," which starts April 6.
Ellis' last day at WIP was Tuesday. He says he's excited for the launch of the new show because it will appeal to a wider audience.
"It's like radio on TV with multiple hosts," Ellis said.
"It's entertainment-driven, pop-culture-driven, and we'll be able to have access to a lot of different guests."
Marc Rayfield, vice president of programming for CBS Radio, which owns WIP, said Ellis "leaves on extremely good terms with us. I wish him well."
He will be replaced by Brian "Sludge" Haddad, formerly a part-time host on the station.
"Breakfast on Broad" also snatched up Jillian Mele from NBC10 TV. She'll join Ellis as a co-host.
The show will air on The Comcast Nework and re-air on Comcast SportsNet.
Speaking of NBC10, the station's Monique Braxton will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the 29th annual Madam CJ Walker Economic Development/scholarship luncheon at noon Saturday at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania chapter of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., the luncheon will honor enterprising, pioneering and trailblazing women.
Keynote speaker is former Ebony magazine editor Amy DuBois Barnett.
For information, visit nc100bw-pa.com.
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