News at 4 on WJXT…

(Edited from WJXT Press Release) – WJXT will launch Jacksonville’s first 4pm daily newscast, News4JAX at 4pm, streaming and on-air starting January 23.  The half hour newscast will be followed by Inside Edition at 4:30pm.

“Jacksonville is a passionate local news town,” said Bob Ellis, Vice President and General Manager.  “The people that live here want to know what’s happening in their communities.  With our new 4pm newscast, they’ll be able to get the important stories of the day on TV an hour earlier.” Read the rest of this entry →

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WPLG opens news bureau in Cuba….

(edited from MiamiHerald.com) – WPLG reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the Miami station’s men in Havana.

The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in the United States to have a news crew in Cuba on a full-time basis.

Local 10 News Havana officially debuts Monday, but when news broke last Thursday that the United States was ending its policy of allowing the entry of Cuban migrants who arrive without visas, the pair had their first big story since the Cuban government granted them approval to set up shop on the island….Cont….

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01 2017

Nexstar Closes on Media General purchase, what’s next?

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – From this day forward, Nexstar Broadcasting Group will be known as Nexstar Media Group.

The name change coincides with Nexstar closing on its acquisition of Media General for $4.6 billion in cash and stock just six days after winning FCC approval.

 The deal swells Nexstar’s portfolio to 171 full-power stations,  in 100 markers covering nearly 39% of TV homes. The new stations include 15 in the top 50 markets.

Florida stations involved in the deal include WFLA/WTTA – Tampa, WMBB – Panama City and WKRG/WFNA – Mobile/Pensacola. Jacksonville’s WCWJ was divested and sold to Graham Media Group, earlier in the year to ensure that the merger deal went through. Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2017

WFTV’s Todd Ulrich is profiled…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) Todd Ulrich, WFTV’s low-key consumer reporter, has supplied many dramatic moments when confronting business people. In a recent report, a man told Ulrich, “You’re the biggest piece of garbage, and I’m sure that will be edited out.”

It wasn’t. Ulrich said that reaction guaranteed it wouldn’t be.

“How they treat me is pretty much how they treat their customers,” said Ulrich, 58. “I’m not surprised how they’re talking to me because that’s just what the consumer told me last week.”

Ulrich, who will mark 33 years with the ABC affiliate in July, is the longest-serving TV reporter in the Orlando market, edging Claire Metz of WESH-Channel 2 by just two months….Cont….

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01 2017

Eugene Ramirez to depart WFLA, join WFOR…

After just two years in Tampa, WFLA morning anchor Eugene Ramirez is leaving the station.

He is headed back down to his native Miami, as the new morning co-anchor at WFOR. His first day at that station will be on Monday, January 23.

He joined WFLA in January of 2015, coming from WSVN in Miami. Prior to that he worked at WSFL – Miami, News 13 – Orlando and CNN.

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