Rich Pegram out as GM at WFTS…

(from TampaBay.com)Richard “Rich” Pegram III, vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, left his post Wednesday after seven years on the job.

Pegram, 63, led WFTS Channel 28 as it surged in ratings in recent years. He joined WFTS after 26 years with top NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate WTVR in Richmond, Va.

WFTS Channel 28 is owned and operated by E. W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate …Cont…

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Dan Wilson named as N/D at WPTV…

WPTV has named Dan Wilson as news director of West Palm Beach station.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ

//hattip to FTVLive.com

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Media General, LIN, Hearst, Sinclair, Meredith bounce around stations…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Media General Inc. and LIN Media today agreed to sell or swap television stations in five markets to comply with FCC ownership rules affecting the merger they announced on March 21. Media General also announced today that in light of the loss of CBS affiliation of LIN’s WISH Indianapolis, it was lowering the per-share price of the deal from $27.82 to $25.97.

Regulatory authorities are requiring the divestiture of stations in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.; and Savannah, Ga. The companies said they believe that no other market divestitures will be required….Cont…

According to TVNewsCheck.com, in Florida the changes go as follows…

Media General will acquire WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Of course Media General already owns WFLA-TV in that Tampa, it’s second largest. We here at Florida News Center predict that WTTA will move to WFLA’s downtown Tampa studios and once again share newscasts.

Meredith Corp will take WALA-TV away from LIN TV, in the Mobile-Pensacola market for a mere $86 million.

 

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Berndt Petersen departs WFTV…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – If you’re missing WFTV-Channel 9 reporter Berndt Petersen, he has beamed up to the mother ship. That would WSB in Atlanta; both TV stations are owned by Cox Media Group.

Petersen logged 10 years at WFTV, an impressive run.

“He got an opportunity to move to a bigger market and headed up north,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said. “He left in early August.  Berndt is a great writer and storyteller, and we’re really happy we could keep him in the CMG family.”….Cont….

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WOFL hires two new faces…

Orlando’s WOFL-TV welcomes two new members to its on air team. Brooks Tomlin (right #1) has been hired as the new weekend meteorologist. Ann Keil (right #2) joins the station as reporter. Both of them start August 25th.

Tomlin comes to WOFL from Perth, Australia working for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Prior to that he worked in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Huntsville and Jacksonville.

Keil comes to WOFL fro WXIN-TV in Indianapolis where she was general assignment and investigative reporter. Prior to her stint in Indianapolis, she worked at WATE-TV in Knoxville, TN.

//hattip to TVNewsCheck.com

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