Kate Wentzel departs WTSP…

WTSP meteorologist Kate Wentzel announced that she is leaving the Tampa station.

Sources tell Florida News Center, that she is headed back to West Palm Beach. However, no specific station was identified.

She signed on with the station in September of 2011, coming from WPBF in West Palm Beach.

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Mike Deeson retires after 35 years at WTSP…

In an announcement on Facebook yesterday, veteran WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson announced that he had retired from the Tampa station.

He said on Facebook (edited): “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay, but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today. This will give me the time to put more effort into many of other projects I have been trying to juggle while working full time.

At 68 years old, it’s something I have been thinking about for a while especially because of the changing landscape of TV news, and I know this is the right time.

Also, I didn’t want the long goodbye tour; I would rather rip off the bandage and go forward with my decision immediately. My nature is to come to a conclusion and act on it quickly without looking back.

Timing in a decision like this is always critical. As some of my friends know, I’m finishing up a book about my almost 50 years in the business that is extremely frank and I’ve always thought it would be better to try to get it published after I left the station .

I want to thank all the people who have been so kind to me over the years…the viewers, my colleagues, the friends I have made. I have loved every minute I’ve spent with all of you.

To everything there is a season- for now, this is my season to leave Channel 10.

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Dion Lim departs WTSP…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – Dion Lim, evening anchor at WTSP in St. Petersburg, announced she is leaving the station to begin “a very exciting adventure just on the horizon,” but would not elaborate further.

Lim initially made the announcement during Tuesday night’s 11 p.m. broadcast, and has since posted on Facebook that after three years at the station, “the time has come to start my new chapter.”

Lim joined WTSP in January of 2014 after serving as evening anchor at WCNC in Charlotte, N.C. Lim previously worked at ABC affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, Mo….Cont….

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Feb 2017 – Orlando ratings…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – The Orlando TV ratings race intensified during February, when the Super Bowl, Oscars and Grammys drove viewing.

Without any of those events, NBC affiliate WESH still managed to win at 11 p.m. with the 25-to-54 age group. That demographic is the main focus because news advertisers value those viewers.

With that group, WFTV was the clear favorite at 5 p.m. and won close races at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. over WESH. But WESH was in front at 4 p.m., WKMG was the dominant leader at noon, and WOFL was tops at 10 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

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Feb 2017 – Jacksonville ratings…

(edited from WJXT Press Release) – WJXT-TV4 The Local Station has the most watched local news for the February 2017 Nielsen ratings period in the Jacksonville television market, winning in every major local news time period for the month.  Outside of news, WJXT is #2 overall in Prime.  For total day, WJXT is #1 beating WTLV, WJXX, WJAX, WFOX and WCWJ for M-F 3am-3am average.

In Morning News, News4JAX at 5am is #1 in the time period with a 4.0 household rating winning versus the combined competition of WTLV, WJXX, WJAX and WFOX.  At 5:30am, News4JAX won with a 5.5, again beating all other news competitors combined.  News4JAX at 6am is #1 in household ratings in the 6-7am time period garnering a 7.3 household rating and a 22 share.  The Morning Show (7-9am), , is #1 in the time period with a 6.6 HH rating and a 19 share beating out all other local and national broadcasts.  This marks the 68th consecutive month WJXT has won the 7am-9am time period.  At 9am, The Morning Show 2 dominates Today Show 2 by more than two full rating points with a 4.2. Read the rest of this entry →

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