Greg Angel departs WTXL…

WTXL morning anchor Greg Angel anchored his final newscast at the Tallahassee station this morning. Angel is leaving to join an unnamed West Palm Beach station.

Angel said to viewers on Facebook: I’ve come to a turn in the path that now has me going in a different direction. An exciting new direction.

It remains bittersweet to share that I am leaving WTXL for a great new opportunity with a television news station in West Palm Beach.

Angel joined WTXL in July of 2010 from the WPBN-TV as a reporter, but quickly ascended to the anchor desk, eventually becoming morning week day morning co-anchor.

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Mark Douglas story makes NBC’s “Nightly News”…

WFLA reporter Mark Douglas received some national air time on the Wednesday night edition of NBC’s “Nightly News.” His story (seen here) about an airbag recall on his 2003 Honda Accord (from the “hot and humid” Tampa area) can be seen in the video below.

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WFTS boots News Director and Assistant N/D….

(from BizJournals.com) – News Director Bill McFarland has been fired at ABC Action News in Tampa, according to a source inside the TV station who requested anonymity. Assistant News Director Michele Murray also was let go.

An internal email to staffers from WFTS-TV General Manager Nick Nicholson said that McFarland and Murray “were no longer with the television station. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

He later followed up with an email announcing a staff meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday “to discuss moving forward.”….Cont….

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Sources at WFTS and in the Scripps family of stations tell Florida News Center that the firings come after a long list of complaints from WFTS staff, to Scripps corporate against the former N/D, the A. N/D. and former station General Manager Rich Pegram.

As Florida News Center reported, GM Rich Pegram was let go from the station back in August, now just 2 months later the N/D and A. N/D are gone. WFTS insiders tell us that  Scripps corporate has been (“shockingly”) been listening to their complaints.

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#FanGate gives WFOR some national exposure…

When Miami’s WFOR agreed to produce the first debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, they never had any idea that biggest fight would be over a small fan.

The Crist campaign had placed a small electric fan under his podium, something that Governor Scott did not like. Scott refused to come on stage and delayed the debate.

The rules of the debate stated that no electronic devices would be used. However, the Crist campaign had asked prior to the debate for the use of the fan to keep cool and had gotten approval in writing. Co-moderator Rosemary Goudreau questioned if the fan violated the rules of the debated, causing Crist to reply “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of our state? I mean, really!?”

“I’m thinking, where do we go from here? Do we tap dance? But, I thought it was extremely uncomfortable. We lost 7 minutes that I thought we could have used.” This is what WFOR anchor Elliott Rodriguez said about the debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, that he moderated.

Scott did finally come out and participated in the debate.

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#EquipmentMeltdown at WFLA…

While we were enjoying the beautiful fall colors in North Carolina this past week, the folks at WFLA were having a terrible day.

A computer board failure at the Tampa station led to a disaster of the Monday 5pm newscast. The station lost graphics and audio communication between anchor Stacie Schaible and the control room. Schiable dubbed the event on Twitter as #equipmentmeltdown.

Florida News Center readers tell us that Schaible anchored the newscast from an office chair inside of the newsroom, reading prompter roll for nearly 15 minutes straight. Chief meteorologist Steve Jerve followed Schiable with an extended weather forecast. The 5:30pm newscast was replaced with a hurricane special.

WFLA news director Bill Berra told TVSpy.com that “it took engineers a while to root out the cause of the failure and that Stacie (Schaible) did a very good tap dance under the circumstances.”

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