WKMG newscast delayed due to power loss…

The Orlando Sentinel reports that WKMG’s 4pm newscasts was delayed today, while the Orlando station was struggling to get its systems online.

The newsroom went dark at 2:40 p.m. after a semi truck snagged and pulled down a power line close to the station.

WKMG had to preempt the 4pm newscast, instead replaying a rerun of the Rachel Ray show.

Duke Energy restored the power line and the station went live with the 5 p.m. newscast.

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02 2017

Dan Shafer out, Greg Dee in at WFTS….

WFTS morning anchor Dan Shafer (right #1)  is out at the Tampa station. No reason was given for his departure, other than a statement by a WFTS spokesperson – “the station wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Shafer started at WFTS in 1996 as a reporter in meteorologist. He went to the weekday morning anchor desk in 2003 and has been there since.

Almost as immediately as Shafer was shown the door, his replacement was introduced to viewers. Greg Dee (right #2) replaces Dan Shafer as primary weekday morning anchor. Read the rest of this entry →

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02 2017

WPLG opens bureau in D.C….

For whatever reason, Miami’s WPLG is opening a news bureau in Washington, D.C…..read more below

(edited from TVSpy.com) – More than month after opening the country’s first bureau in Cuba, Miami ABC affiliate WPLG is opening a full time bureau in Washington, D.C.

The station, will launch its new bureau in the next few days. There’s no word yet on who will staff it….Cont….

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02 2017

WCJB is SOLD….

(edited from Gainesville.com) – Diversified Communications, the parent company of WCJB-TV20, announced Thursday that it’s selling the station to broadcast giant Gray Television Inc.

WCJB and WABI-TV, a family-owned station in Bangor, Maine, are being bought for $85 million, and the sale is expected to be final in eight to 12 weeks, pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Gray owns or operates 100 TV stations across 54 TV markets, including Florida stations WCTV – Tallahassee and WJHG/WECP – Panama City. Read the rest of this entry →

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02 2017

WUSF sells its signal, will go dark…

(edited from WUSF) – The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction.

The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers.

WUSF TV will go off the air at a date still to be decided, leaving the Tampa market with just one PBS affiliate, WEDU-TV. The FCC will not distribute proceeds from the auction until the entire auction is complete. USF will have up to six months after receiving the proceeds to shut down WUSF TV’s broadcast operations. Read the rest of this entry →

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02 2017