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WLTV gets a bird…well, sort of…

UPDATE: 07/23/2014 – Our friends at SFLTV.com now report that WLTV’s new “Vision 23″ is in fact, only a vision. The helicopter shown in the promo shot (right) is real, but only serves as a back-up for the other two news helicopter’s in the market (WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s shared “Sky 10.” The decked out bird shown in the video is the former helicopter from WTSP, but does not exist in its “Vision 23″ form shown (right)

WLTV does have access to a helicopter now, but only because the station has joined the sharing agreement between WPLG, WFOR and WTVJ, with WPLG’s Sky 10. Now four TV stations in one market are sharing the same helicopter, leaving only WSVN as the only station in the Miami market to operate its own helicopter.

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Our friends at SFLTV.com report that Miami Univision affiliate WLTV now has its own news helicopter. The station began running promos several weeks ago, bragging the station’s new toy, dubbed “Vision 23.”

This new bird makes only it only the third TV news helicopter to be used in Miami. WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s “Sky 10,” which is shared with comptetitor’s WFOR and WTVJ.

SFLTV.com also reports that the new WLTV helicopter was formerly WTSP’s “Sky 10″ (left). The helicopter could formerly be seen flying over the skies in the Tampa market, until WTSP joined a helicopter sharing agreement with fellow stations WTVT and WFTS. in 2009.

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07 2014

Andy Alford named VP/GM at WFLA…

(pic/from TVSpy.com) – Media General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,” Alford said in a statement.

Alford, who starts at WFLA on August 1, comes to the station from WTEN in Albany where he was named GM in 2010 by Young Broadcasting. He will continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General….Cont….

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07 2014

Reporter’s book will get a Hollywood movie…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WESH-Channel 2 reporter Bob Kealing has hit the jackpot in Hollywood.

His book “Tupperware Unsealed” will become a Sandra Bullock movie, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com report.

That’s like hitting the Hollywood jackpot twice. Bullock, one of the film industry’s most bankable stars, won the Oscar for “The Blind Side” and helped transform “Gravity” into a blockbuster.

The good news just keeps coming for Kealing: His book will be adapted, directed and produced by Tate Taylor for Sony Pictures. Taylor’s credits include “The Help” and the upcoming James Brown biopic “Get On Up.”

“I’m honored that two artists at the top of their careers like Sandra Bullock and Tate Taylor are embracing this story,” Kealing said Saturday….Cont….

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07 2014

Blake Brown departs WKRG, heads to WPMI…

Florida News Center has learned that WKRG reporter Blake Brown has left the Mobile station.

Brown went across the street to join WPMI, where he will also serve as reporter.

Brown joined WKRG in 2010 as a one-man-band reporter. Prior to working in television, he worked in radio and in print media.

//hattip to Examiner.com

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07 2014

John Bachman named lead anchor at WTEV/WAWS…

TVNewsCheck.com reports that John Bachman will join WTEV/WAWS in the fall of 2014 as lead anchor. He has been named as the Jacksonville duopoly’s new lead P.M. anchor, replacing the departing Mark Spain.

Bachman comes from WTEV/WAWS Cox sister station, WSB-TV in Atlanta. He joined WSB in 2011, rising from weekend anchor to 4.pm weekday anchor.

Bachman is the first of five new faces who will fill chairs which are or soon will be empty at WTEV/WAWS. As Florida News Center reported back in May, lead anchors Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, Tera Barz, Mike Barz, and Lynnesy Gardner were informed that their contracts were not being renewed and that the station was “going in a different direction” in the fall.

Sources told Florida News Center at the time, that the search was on through out the Cox television properties to find talent that could fill the soon-to-be voids at WTEV/WAWS. Bachman is number one….who will be 2, 3, 4, & 5? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

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07 2014