WTEV & WAWS submit to change call letters…

As Florida News Center reported back in May of this year, Cox Media, the owners of WTEV and WAWS announced that they were making some drastic changes at the Jacksonville duopoly. Those changes included clearing out the entire lead PM and AM anchor team and “starting over from scratch.” Well, along with that story came reports that the station”s” would see other changes as well, which were not reported at the time.

Earlier today, FTVLive.com reported that those changes were also to include a change to the station’s call letters. Cox applied to the FCC for a call letter change last month, to switch WTEV-TV to WJAX-TV and WAWS-TV to WFOX-TV.

Sources tell Florida News Center to expect even more changes to come…just in time for the November books. Stay tuned…

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Gray renews with CBS/FOX through 2019…

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – It looks like Tallahassee’s WCTV and Dothan, AL’s WTVY (often viewable in the Panama City market) will remain CBS affiliates for the next five years.

Gray Television today made two announcements of network affiliation renewals, first with CBS and later with Fox.

This morning it announced a comprehensive, long-term agreement that renews all 26 of Gray’s CBS station affiliation agreements in 22 markets.

The agreement includes early renewals for 26 Gray-owned CBS affiliates: WVLT Knoxville, Tenn.; WKYT-WYMT Lexington, Ky.; KWTX-KBTX Waco, Texas; KKTV Colorado Springs, Colo.; KOLN-KGIN Lincoln, Neb.; WCTV Tallahassee, Fla.;  WRDW Augusta,  Ga.; KVLY  Fargo, N.D..;  WIBW Topeka, Kan.; WSAW Wausau, Wis.; WIFR Rockford, Ill.; KNOE Monroe, La.; WSWG Albany, Ga.; WECP Panama City, Fla.; KXII Sherman, Texas; WTVY Dothan, Ala.; WSVF Harrisonburg, Va.; KALB Alexandria, La.; WCAV Charlottesville, Va.; WIYE Parkersburg, W.Va.; KGWN-KSTF Cheyenne, Wyo.; and KNPL North Platte, Neb….Cont….

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08 2014

Rich Pegram out as GM at WFTS…

(from BizJournals.com)Richard “Rich” Pegram III, vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, left his post Wednesday after seven years on the job.

Pegram, 63, led WFTS Channel 28 as it surged in ratings in recent years. He joined WFTS after 26 years with top NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate WTVR in Richmond, Va.

WFTS Channel 28 is owned and operated by E. W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate …Cont…

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08 2014

Dan Wilson named as N/D at WPTV…

WPTV has named Dan Wilson as news director of West Palm Beach station.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ

//hattip to FTVLive.com

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08 2014

Media General, LIN, Hearst, Sinclair, Meredith bounce around stations…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Media General Inc. and LIN Media today agreed to sell or swap television stations in five markets to comply with FCC ownership rules affecting the merger they announced on March 21. Media General also announced today that in light of the loss of CBS affiliation of LIN’s WISH Indianapolis, it was lowering the per-share price of the deal from $27.82 to $25.97.

Regulatory authorities are requiring the divestiture of stations in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.; and Savannah, Ga. The companies said they believe that no other market divestitures will be required….Cont…

According to TVNewsCheck.com, in Florida the changes go as follows…

Media General will acquire WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Of course Media General already owns WFLA-TV in that Tampa, it’s second largest. We here at Florida News Center predict that WTTA will move to WFLA’s downtown Tampa studios and once again share newscasts.

Meredith Corp will take WALA-TV away from LIN TV, in the Mobile-Pensacola market for a mere $86 million.

 

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