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WRDQ challenges WOFL at 10…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – In the August ratings, WFTV-Channel 9 put distance between itself and its rivals during the day and in early evening. WFTV may have benefited from the exit last month of WESH-Channel 2 anchor Martha Sugalski.

In late night, the ratings races were tighter, although WFTV continued to lead at 11.

The biggest change: The 10 p.m. time period has turned into a horse race between longtime leader WOFL-Channel 35 and the WFTV news on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. Read the rest of this entry →

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08 2014

It is round two for Wendy Chioji…

Former WESH anchor, and most currently WKMG health special reporter, Wendy Chioji announced yesterday that she is once again facing a battle with cancer.

Chioji, originally faced a battle with breast cancer. In the fall and winter of 2013-14, she underwent chemo and radiation therapies, eliminating the cancer at that time. However, a recent follow-up MRI showed that something has returned.

Chioji stated the following on her blog“There are 4-5 small tumors in my chest wall (could be worse… could be in my lungs. How ironic would that be, for me, ME, to get lung cancer?) that weren’t there in April. I only half-heard him say it then, but now, I vividly remember my Huntsman oncology quarterback, Dr Akerley telling me in October that if the radiation/chemo didn’t kill this cancer, that’s all he had up his sleeve. We were hoping the ghastly treatment would buy me more time, but it didn’t.”

The popular anchor left WESH and TV in 2008, after 20 years at the Orlando station. She came back to local TV in 2013, with special health reports for WKMG.

 

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08 2014

Mike Barz is looking for work…

Former WTEV/WAWS morning anchor Mike Barz is currently looking for work. He is being represented by the NYC based N.S. Beinstock Talent Agency, which has posted his full resume and video reel.

Check it out the video reel HERE.

As Florida News Center reported back in May, Barz was one of five anchors at the Jacksonville duopoly who were told that their contracts were not being renewed. Cox Media Group, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch” to take the station in a different direction.

Good luck to the entire Barz family in the job search.

//hattip to Anonymous

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08 2014

Rob Mennie named GM at WTLV/WJXX…

Yesterday Florida News Center learned that WTLV/WJXX GM manager Eric Land quickly resigned from the Jacksonville duopoly. Today we learned that Gannett (the owners of WTLV/WJXX) has already found a replacement for Land. Rob Mennie has been named as the new GM at the stations.

Mennie comes from Gannett corporate offices, where he served as Senior VP of news for the entire station group. Before working at the mother ship, he worked at other Gannett stations, WXIA, WUSA, KPNX and WDTN.

Land departs WTLV/WJXX after just two years with the stations.

//hattip to FTVLive & TVSpy

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08 2014

“The Now” filters down to WFTS…

Tampa’s WFTS has announced that it will begin airing a 4p.m. newscast. However, this is not just any newscast. This will be a local version of The Now, a program that premiered on Scrips sister stations KMGH-TV in Denver and KSHB-TV in Kansas City. The Now Tampa Bay will begin on September 8.

Scrips describes The Now, which originally premiered in July of this year, as a “fast-moving locally produced news program at 4 p.m.” that “covers news that is trending on social media and invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms.”

Since the debut of The Now in July, there had been talk that Scrips would take the show to all of its owned television stations. However, the move to WFTS in September comes just as that station loses syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show to market rival WFLA. This move left the 4pm time slow wide open.

The Now Tampa Bay will be hosted by Laura A. Harris (right), with cut-ins for weather and other information as needed by other WFTS personalities.

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08 2014