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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

Eric Land is out as GM at WTLV/WJXX…

FTVLive.com is reporting that WTLV/WJXX VP/General Manager Eric Land is out at the Jacksonville duopoly.

The announcement came quietly via an internal memo from Gannett corporate (the owners of WTLV/WJXX):

Today Eric resigned as President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX.   We wish Eric the best and thank him for his two years with our company.

Land joined WTLV/WJXX in August of 2014, after a stint as COO with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that Land served as GM at WFLA in Tampa.

So far there is no word on who will take Land’s position. Stay tuned.

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08 2014

Joe Gumm departs, Ian Reitz joins WTSP…

Florida News Center has learned that WTSP weekday morning anchor Joe Gumm is no longer with the St. Petersburg station. Gumm, has been noticablely missing from morning newscasts from several weeks now, prompting readers of this website to question his whereabouts. His bio was removed from the station website this weekend.

WTSP General Manager Elliott Wiser tells Florida News Center that Gumm is in fact no longer with the station and that the station has already named his replacement. Ian Reitz fills Gumm’s chair on the morninig show, starting September 30th.

Reitz joins WTSP from Nashville’s WSMV where he has been morning anchor for the past three years. Prior to WSMV, Reitz has worked at KGUN in Tucson and KSTM in El Paso.

Gumm joined WTSP in 2012, coming from KOKH in Oklahoma City. He replaced Keith Jones who left the station to join WTVJ in Miami.

 

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08 2014