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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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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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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08 2014

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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