The FCC approves Media General-LIN merger…

On Friday the FCC approved the merger applications of Medial General Inc. and LIN Media LLC. The merger should be completed by the end of next week.

The deal, announced in March, creates one of the nation’s largest broadcast television station companies in, which will own and operate or service 71 television stations in 48 U.S. markets. The new mammouth Media General will reach an estimated 23 percent, of U.S. television households.

In Florida that means that changes are coming and new duopolies will be created.

            

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Jennifer Leigh takes over the 11 p.m. at WFLA…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – News anchor Jennifer Leigh (right #1) will take over the 11 p.m. broadcast at WFLA-Ch. 8 for veteran Gayle Sierens (right #2) beginning Jan. 1, the television station announced Thursday.

Sierens, with the station since 1977, said in June she would step down as anchor of the 11 p.m. show at year’s end and retire from the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts in May 2015. However, Leigh unofficially took over as anchor of the 11 p.m. broadcast Thursday because Sierens is on vacation through the rest of the year. Read the rest of this entry →

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More morning news on WFTS…

(from WFTS Press Release) – On Monday, January 12th, ABC Action News/WFTS-TV will expand its popular morning newscast. The addition of ABC Action News at 4:30am and ABC Action News at 9:00am will create a morning block of local news, weather and traffic, plus national news like nothing else in the Tampa Bay area. ABC Action news is devoting more resources and journalists to cover the morning hours to help viewers prepare their families for the day ahead.

 The new morning lineup will be:

4:30am-7:00am ABC Action News

7:00am-9:00am Good Morning America & ABC Action News

 9:00am-10:00am ABC Action News

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12 2014

Former TV newsers get into the food business…

Former WJAX/WFOX anchor Lynnsey Gardner, who parted ways with the duopoly this past summer, has decided to get into the food business.

She and her husband, former WJAX/WFOX reporter Bryan Baker, who left the stations a year ago are teaming up with a local Jacksonville area eatery to expand the chain into other cities.

Baker has been working the grill at Maple Street Biscuit Company for the past two months and will now run the original location. Gardner will help to open a new St. Augustine location, but admits that she is “keeping her options open.” Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2014

Tim Deegan sues over photo/name mix-up…

(edited from BizJournals.com) – Jacksonville meteorologist Tim Deegan has filed suit against a service provider for a local television station, citing defamation of character, after the service provider featured his mugshot next to the headline “Florida man kept three women as sex slaves, police say.”

Although the story was accurate, the alleged offender was a different Timothy Deegan, a certified public accountant who lives in Gainesville.

Deegan, a meteorologist for duopoly WTLV/WJXX, is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, claiming that the publication of the photo cause him financial damage, humiliation and mental anguish. Read the rest of this entry →

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