Charter/Time Warner/Bright House deal looms…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – In the latest twist and turn of cable TV deal-making, Charter Communications is reported to be near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable that may also include the simultaneous purchase and merger of Bright House Networks.

Charter had earlier courted Time Warner but was pushed aside by a richer deal offered by larger Comcast. Regulators shunned the Comcast deal, even as Charter had turned to try and acquire for $10.4 billion Bright House Networks, one of the prominent cable TV providers in the Tampa Bay and Orlando/Central Florida markets. Read the rest of this entry →

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Independence dominates the May books in JAX…

Jacksonville independent station WJXT has once again demonstrated that a local station does not need a network affiliation to win in the ratings. Check out the May 2015 numbers below for the market.

(edited from WJXT Press Release) – In Morning News, WJXT at 5am is #1 in the time period with a 3.4 household and #1 at 5:30am with a 4.8 household rating.  The 5am newscast beat the combined competition of WTLV/WJXX, WJAX and WFOX by 183% and 5:30am beat them by 167%.  Channel 4 News at 6am is #1 in household ratings in the 6-7am time period garnering a 7.0 household rating and a 24 share (compared to WTLV/WJXX 3.4 RTG/12 SHR, WFOX 1.7 RTG/6 SHR and WJAX 1.6 RTG/5 SHR). The Morning Show (7-9am), is #1 in the time period with a 6.3 HH rating and a 19 share beating out all other newscasts including the national broadcasts of NBC’s Today Show on WTLV (2.3 RTG/7 SHR), CBS This Morning on WJAX (1.7 RTG/5 SHR) and ABC’s Good Morning America on WJXX (2.6 RTG/8 SHR).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Kenneth Craig to depart WFTV…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Say goodbye to another first-rate reporter at WFTV-Channel 9. Kenneth Craig is leaving.

“It’s a bittersweet day,” Craig told me in an email Friday. “I’ve been at Channel 9 for four years and today is my last day here. I’m excited about my next chapter. I’m headed to New York City for an opportunity I couldn’t be more thrilled about.” Read the rest of this entry →

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WFTV takes #1, makes gains in May…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WFTV put distance between itself and usual No. 2 WESH-Channel 2 in the four-week period that ended Wednesday. Stations work to win the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers. This story focuses on that age group, unless otherwise noted.

WFTV’s dominance was evident across the board and reflected the success of its news coverage and promotion. WFTV was way out in front in early morning, at noon, in early evening and at 11 p.m.

WFTV said it drew 47 percent of the 25-to-54 audience for all newscasts to WESH’s 24 percent, WKMG-Channel 6’s 16 percent and WOFL-Channel 35’s 13 percent. Read the rest of this entry →

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Linda Hurtado to depart WFTS…

Florida News Center has learned that WFTS anchor Linda Hurtado is leaving the Tampa station, and television all together. In a press release, the station announced that she is leaving to spend more time with her family. Her last day will be May 29th.

Hurtado posted on Facebook: I want to thank you for inviting me into your home for the past 20 years, trusting me to get the story right and welcoming me when you met me out in the community. I have loved my time working for the E. W. Scripps Company and ABC Action News, working with great friends and accomplished journalists, bringing you stories I hope were relevant and helpful to your lives. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have your support all these years – allowing me to experience some life changing stories that have affected my own life as well as yours.

Right after my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, I realized I’ve been running hard for many years both personally and professionally – and that, when the right time came, I wanted to take a break and slow down. That time is now. For many reasons.

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