UPDATE: Simone Eli departs WALA…

UPDATE (07/16/14) – Florida News Center has learned that former WALA-TV sports director Simone Eli left the Mobile station to join KPRC-TV. She will remain in the sports arena as a reporter and anchor at the Houston station.

//hattip to Examiner.com


(6/27/14 @ 22:04) – Simone Eli has departed WALA-TV after just one year with the Mobile/Pensacola station.

She joined WALA in May of 2013 as a the station’s lone sports anchor/reporter/director. She replaced Rob Lehocky who  left the station/TV in late 2012 for a public relations job in Mobile.

So far there is no word on why Eli has departed the station. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.

//hattip Examiner.com


07 2014

Carlos Suarez to weekend anchor at WPLG…

(from TVSpy.com) - Carlos Suarez has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami.

Suarez joined the station two years ago as a general assignment reporter. Before WPLG, Suarez worked at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers….Cont….


07 2014

Over time trouble at WFOR…

(from GossipExtra.com) – A spat over comp time and long hours has erupted in the newsroom of WFOR-CBS4 after veteran reporter Gary Nelson called out News Director Liz Roldan publicly, Gossip Extra has learned.

According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days.

Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.

So he emailed Roldan Friday to ask her to spell out comp time policy at the CBS-owned and operated station. He noted that never in his two decades at CBS did comp time expire before employees could use it….Cont….


07 2014

Mike Garber departs WPTV/WFLX as N/D…

(edited from TVSpy.com) – Mike Garber has been named VP and news director for Dallas-Fort Worth CBS owned stations KTVT and KTXA.

Garber was rumored to have left WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, last week. He had been news director there since 2012. He has also worked as news director at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, and WLTX in Columbia, SC….Cont….


07 2014

Amy Wegmann goes back to WFTX…

(from TVSpy.com) – Amy Wegmann is coming back to WFTX in Fort Myers, FL.

After ten years with the Journal Broadcasting owned FOX affiliate, Wegmann left in 2012 to help her husband Trey Radel get elected to Congress. Radel later resigned from office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

“It’s like returning home to family,” Wegmann said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back on a newscast that I helped build back in its infancy.”….Cont….

The announcement was made this morning via internal station memo:

I am very excited to announce we have hired a new morning co-anchor for Fox 4 Rising! Amy Wegmann will join Miriam Zamorano, Jamie Kagol, Angela Melvin and Julian Glover on the morning show beginning Monday, July 7th.

Many of you know Amy, and I am sure you will agree her warm and enthusiastic personality will be an excellent addition to our morning team.

A news release about Amy’s addition will go out later this week.  If you receive any questions from outside media or viewers, please direct those to Charlie (WFTX VP/GM).

Amy will be in the building for training on Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to welcome her to the team!


07 2014