Heather Van Nest departs WTSP…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – Heather Van Nest has left as an evening news anchor at CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10.

Van Nest posted a message on Facebook Wednesday afternoon thanking her viewers.

“I am excited for new work opportunities that allow for more flexibility in my family life,” she wrote. “Working until midnight with a 1-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and husband at home is not ideal.”

Van Nest had been missing on air for several days, fueling speculation that her contract with the station hadn’t been renewed.

Messages left with the station’s general manager, Elliott Wiser, weren’t returned. Co-anchor Reginald Roundtree said he couldn’t comment. On Wednesday, Van Nest’s photo was quickly removed from WTSP’s website….Cont….


10 2014

WFTV admits it was wrong….

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) - WFTV on Tuesday acknowledged that it erred in not mentioning that legal analyst Belvin Perry Jr. works for Morgan & Morgan. In a report Monday, Perry criticized the content of a commercial against Amendment 2. John Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan law firm is the chief proponent of Amendment 2, which pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

“The fact that he [Perry] works for Morgan & Morgan should have been disclosed, no question about that,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell told me. “It didn’t cross anyone’s mind. We looked at him as the judge.”

Perry is known widely as the former chief judge of Orange and Osceola counties. Parcell said his staffers didn’t remember that Perry works for Morgan & Morgan.

“We hired him for his brilliant legal mind,” Parcell said. “The Morgan connection is irrelevant to why I’d want him to be part of our team. But we have to remember it and acknowledge it.”….Cont….


10 2014

The Orlando Sentinel calls out WFTV…

UPDATE: 10/01/14 – A day later, WFTV admits it was wrong for not disclosing the connection between Belvin Perry and Amendment 2. Check out that story HERE.

Orlando Sentinel TV columnist/critic Hal Boedeker called out WFTV today, for not pointing out a conflict of interest on a report by the recently hired Judge Belvin Perry.

On a Monday afternoon newscast, Perry offered negative commentary on a commercial advertisement against Florida Amendment 2, which pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana.

However, Boedeker points out that WFTV failed to mention that Perry currently works for the Morgan and Morgan law firm, who’s lead partner John Morgan is the lead proponent and the public face of Amendment 2.

Boedeker states in his story that “WFTV needed to note that connection. Otherwise, that’s a smoke screen, too.”

Belvin Perry was hired a month ago by WFTV. Perry was formerly the Chief Judge for Orange & Osceola counties and is famous for his role as judge in the highly-televised Casey Anthony trial.


09 2014

Jamie Ostroff departs WINK…

After just a year at Fort Myer’s WINK-TV, reporter Jamie Ostroff has departed the station.

She is headed to Birmingham, AL’s WIAT-TV where she will work as a general assignment reporter.

//hattip to TVSpy.com


09 2014

WPLG weather veteran dies at 90…

(from WPLG.com) – Legendary Local 10 meteorologist Walter Cronise has died at the age of 90.

The man South Florida viewers knew as “Uncle Walt” passed away at his home in Jacksonville on Sept. 20.

Cronise arrived at WPLG in Miami in 1969 after serving 25 years in the Navy where his love of meteorology began while flying with the Hurricane Hunters, a unit that flies directly into storms to study their power.

First hired as a freelance weather forecaster when the station’s call letters were WLBW, Cronise became the chief meteorologist a year later and was on the air until his retirement in December 1992….Cont….

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