Former anchorman Eric Wilson files lawsuit against WREX

Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson

Click here to view the complaint as a pdf.

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Former anchorman Eric Wilson has filed a lawsuit against WREX-TV, two months after he was suddenly let go from the NBC affiliate.

According to the civil complaint filed in Winnebago County 17th Judicial Circuit Court March 17 by Attorney Troy Haggestad of WilliamsMcCarthy, Wilson is seeking more than $50,000 in damages. The station, WREX Television, LLC, was served with the complaint March 21.

Wilson was fired Wednesday, Jan. 29, after 19 years on the air.

While I will not go into detail about what happened, I can say it was not my choice,” Wilson posted on Facebook Monday, Feb. 3. “However, I believe this change in my life may work out best for me, my family and particularly my health.

I’m not from Rockford but I’ve lived here for 20 years. It’s home now. I’ve made a lot of friends over those two decades. I’ve sort of grown up on TV and shared many life moments there: my marriage, the birth of my daughter, earning my pilot’s certificate.”

Aside from notification that his employment was effective immediately, Wilson clams he was not given a valid reason for being fired. 

“On Jan. 29, 2014, WREX’s station manager, John Chadwick, handed Wilson the termination notice attached as Exhibit 2,” the lawsuit reads. “The termination notice states as follows: ‘Pursuant to 4.1 of the Talent Agreement between WREX and you, Eric Wilson, this letter will serve as written notice to you of termination of your employment for cause effective immediately.’ The purported ’cause’ is not specified in the termination notice.”

The day after Wilson was fired, Chadwick said parting with the popular anchorman was “an important step to best serve the people of Rockford.”

A hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 18, at 9 a.m., in front of Judge Eugene Doherty.



2 thoughts on “Former anchorman Eric Wilson files lawsuit against WREX

  • Jun 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Eric is suing on a technicality of the contract. If Eric actually did something wrong, we will never know.

  • Jun 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Eric has done a lot of talking since his dismissal. My guess from all that he has said, “While I will not go into detail about what happened, I can say it was not my choice.” (rock river times story) We know what happened. Chadwick gave him is notice. Eric wants to continue start working in the Rockford market right away.
    Wilson and Chadwick must have had a verbal discussion on his termination, these are the details I believe we don’t know. Eric was not given a valid reason for his termination in writing. The reason was not given in writing from what we know.
    Eric is in show business. The field is tough. I’d look else where or sit it out for a year and try for employment else where. Chadwick isn’t going to go into specifics out in the public regarding the termination of Wilson, a fine news man Eric is to his viewers. Wilson will talk about this all he wants with the support of all his fans. I cannot support Eric with out Chadwick’s side of the story.
    This is not a point regarding Eric’s termination but all I know is that news broadcaster’s have to be very careful what they say on the air.
    I believe all it takes is but one sponsor, group or member of the community to have a negative perception regarding journalist’s poor writing regarding a story pointed out to the management of WREX with an agreement with the group or individual’s view and out the door you go which may be an great improvement in the community.
    If your living off a technicality and something really happened regarding your termination, I would grin and bear it.
    Eric tell us what really happened!

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