Former WPTV Met Rob Lopicola is in trouble, again…

(from GossipExtra.com) – When he’s done serving his 56-month sentence for having sex with underage boys, former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola could be facing much more time behind bars — up to 25 YEARS!

And this time, he’ll be dealing with federal prosecutors who say that a telemarketing company he worked for in 2009 bilked thousands of unsuspecting timeshare owners out of $14.5 million!

It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Lopicola was quietly indicted by a federal grand jury in East St. Louis, Illinois, in connection with the alleged scam.

Lopicola, 44, was officially charged with felony conspiracy to commit wire fraud while serving his sex-crime time at the mid-level security Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami….Cont….

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Amy Wegmann takes the lead at WFTX…

(Press Release from WFTX) - Amy Wegmann, who rejoined the FOX 4 team in July, has been named the new permanent co-anchor of the 6p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Ms. Wegmann is a ten year FOX 4 veteran who previously served in positions of reporter, weekend anchor, fill-in free-lance host on FOX 4 Morning Blend, main news anchor, and most recently has Co-Anchored FOX 4 Rising alongside of Miriam Zamorano.

Wegmann will officially transition to FOX 4 News evening broadcasts beginning on September 22, 2014. (Press Release from WFTX)

Readers of Florida News Center might remember that Wegmann was previously lead female anchor at WFTX until she departed the station in of 2012 to help her husband, former WINK-TV anchor and radio talk show host Trey Radel, run for Congress. Radel won his seat in Congress in late 2012, but resigned  that seat at the end of 2013 after being caught in a cocaine buying sting. She went back to WFTX in early 2014, working on the morning shift.

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09 2014

Changes at WBBH (New set/gfx/logo)…

Fort Myer’s WBBH unveiled its new high-definition home, built right behind the station’s existing studios. The new building houses the station’s new newsroom and new set. The new set includes a walkable LED video wall, color adjustable backgrounds, a huge weather set and several areas for stand-up reporting.

Other changes debuted today, include a new graphics package and a new logo (right). Gone is the red geometric background, carried over from logos of yore (left).

The new changes are only for Waterman Broadcasting owned WBBH and are not carried over to WZVN, whose set was literally right across the hall from WBBH in the same building. WZVN is owned by Montclair Communications, but is ran by Waterman Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement.

Check out video a video tour of the new set and newsroom below, c/o of the WBBH website.

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09 2014

Chris Field out at WTVT…

(from TVSpy.com) – WTVT has released a statement on the departure of sports anchor and reporter Chris Field Saturday.

By the wording of the Tampa FOX owned station’s news director John Hoffman‘s statement, it appears the decision to leave wasn’t Field’s.

“I want to thank Chris for her many years of service and dedication to the FOX 13 news team,” said Hoffman. “Her professionalism, creativity and passion will certainly be missed by our viewers. This decision was based on a restructuring of the sports department. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.”….Cont….

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09 2014

New faces in Pensacola/Mobile…

Our friends at Examiner.com report on several new faces for the Pensacola/Mobile market.

Rudy Harper (left) joins WALA-TV as a general assignment reporter. Harper comes from KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO.

Paxton Boyd (right) joins WPMI-TV as the station’s new sports reporter. Boyd comes from KSWT-TV in Yuma, AZ, where he was the station’s sports director.

 

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