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A tweet gets WTVT in hot water….

(story edited/pic from TVSpy.com) - WTVT, the Fox-owned station in Tampa, deleted a tweet about the departure of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for Detroit. The tweet, which mocked Detroit as an urban ruin compared to Tampa Bay’s beautiful beaches, was roundly knocked.

Yahoo Sports writer David Brown described the effort at comedy as “shameful” and “not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading”   .…Cont….

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08 2014

WPLG debuts new set…

Miami’s WPLG-TV has finally introduced their new set. This new set features a walkable lateral video wall, bright colors, LED color adjustable walls and a huge foot print. This new set replaces the old set, installed in 2009 after the station moved into their new high-def headquarters.

The stations retains its current corporate graphics package, shared with other its other sister stations.

  

Check out the time lapse video below as the set is being constructed. Click here for more pictures of the set from (photos above c/o) WPLG’s website.

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31

07 2014

Martha Sugalski departs WESH…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Anchor Martha Sugalski and WESH-Channel 2 have parted ways after eight years, the station announced Thursday.

In a memo to the staff, WESH General Manager Jim Carter said he believed Sugalski, 44, had accepted an offer from another station in town, based on a discussion with Sugalski and her agent.

But she can’t appear on another station immediately. In a standard practice for the industry, a noncompete clause would keep her off the air for a year.

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best. We know she’s going to have a great future.”….Cont…..

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07 2014

Scripps and Journal shuffle operations….

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The new Scripps broadcast company will become the 11th largest TV station group (including Tampa’s WFTS, West Palm Beach’s WPTV, and Fort Myer’s WFTX), according to the TVNewsCheck/BIA/Kelsey ranking, which is based on TV revenue.It will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes. It will also operate 35 radio stations in eight markets, all former Journal properties.

         

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07 2014

Tenikka Smith joins WTEV/WAWS, as replacement #2…

17:45 UPDATE CORRECTION: We mistakenly reported at the time of story publication, that Tenikka Smith was joining WTEV/WAWS as the station’s new morning anchor, replacing Lynnsey Gardner. However, she will be the duopoly’s new evening anchor. The story has been corrected below.

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TVSpy.com reports that Tenikka Smith is leaving Charlotte, NC’s WSOC-TV. She will join Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS as the new week day evening anchor.

“I am very excited to join the CBS47 and FOX30 Action News family as we continue our mission to provide viewers quality coverage and original content,” Smith said in a statement.

Smith replaces former morning anchor Paige Kelton, who as Florida News Center reported, was told that her contract was not being renewed. Kelton was one of five anchors at the duopoly of WTEV/WAWS that was given this news, The station made the changes because it was “starting over from scratch.”

In early July John Bachman was named as replacement #1 at the stations and now Smith has been named as replacement #2. Who will take the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

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07 2014