WESH/WKCF GM to retire…

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WESH/WKCF GM Jim Carter, who has guided the NBC affiliate for the last eight years, announced Friday that he will retire this summer.

“It’s been a great run. I’m looking forward to the next part of my life,” said Carter, 66. “It’s been a fun, exciting, terrific 30 years with Hearst.”

Hearst owns the two stations and said Carter’s successor will be announced later. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dave Wirth to retire from WTSP…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – After covering news and sports in the Tampa market for 32 years, WTSP reporter and anchor Dave Wirth is retiring. His last day will be Friday.

“It’s starting to hit home,” Wirth said before Wednesday’s 6 p.m. broadcast. “It feels a little strange to be leaving, but there’s an awfully good feeling of relief, too.”

Wirth, 61, born and raised outside Chicago, began at Channel 10 in 1984. It was only the second television station at which he has worked. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lawsuit against WINK settled…

(edited from News-Press.com) – A breach-of-contract lawsuit by former local anchor Matthew Dougherty against Fort Myers’ WINK-TV has been settled.

Susan Chana Lask, the lawyer representing Dougherty, said that the case was settled by voluntary dismissal. Court documents show both sides in the case agreed to the dismissal with prejudice.

The original suit, filed Aug. 13, 2015, alleged that WINK news fired Dougherty, 33, on July 27 because he would not destroy notes, video, photos and other information related to a story involving about 100 boxes of patient medical records, including credit card receipts, shot records, Social Security numbers and other detailed patient information found in an auctioned-off storage unit. Read the rest of this entry →

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Bob Opsahl announces retirement date…

(edited from WFTV.com)Bob Opsahl, veteran anchor for Orlando’s WFTV, announced his plans to retire at the end of May after nearly 38 years with the station. Opsahl’s last day anchoring the 5 and 6 p.m. news will be Friday, May 27, 2016.

“I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by, and I am so grateful to our viewers, who have been watching for so many years,” said Opsahl. “I am very fortunate to have had such a long run, in such an honorable place as WFTV. So many people work all their lives so they can retire in Central Florida, and I was lucky enough to have been here my entire career.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Tom Doerr named N/D at WINK…

TVSpy.com reports that WINK-TV has named Tom Doerr as the Fort Myers station’s new news director.

He comes from WFLD-TV in Chicago, where he resigned from this past February.

He also worked as news director at KRIV in Houston and VP/Manager at WFOR in Miami.

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