WNCN Reporter Arrested for Peeping

WNCN Raleigh reporter Eric Watson was arrested on suspicion of spying on a woman in the shower, reports the News & Observer, and using the station news truck to get to the woman’s house. The paper says:

Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department told NBC17 that a witness contacted police Thursday and reported that a vehicle with graphics on it was parked at the end of Woodbriar Road in the neighborhood about 6 a.m. Thursday. Police would not say whether the vehicle carried logos from NBC17.

The same witness told police that a man walked to a home in the subdivision, climbed onto an air-conditioner unit and looked into a rectangular window that looked into a bathroom shower. Police said a woman was taking a shower at that time at the home.

A WNCN spokesperson said Watson has been suspended pending an internal investigation; Watson says he’s "100% innocent."

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the L.A. Times and New York magazine.