WCTV vehicle vandalized…

(from Tallaahassee.com) – A local TV journalist this week reported to Tallahassee Police that an anti-Semitic phrase had been scrawled on the hood of her station’s car.

WCTV reporter Lanetra Bennett told TPD she found the words written in black marker on the hood of the station’s car Monday as she drove to work.

Bennett said she left the car, which was emblazoned with the channel’s emblem, at her southeast Tallahassee home over the weekend and did not notice it until Monday. A photo of the car made the rounds on Facebook early this week.

Top WCTV staff said they did not believe the vandalism was a threat….Cont….

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Grant Gilmore & Liz Crawford join WTSP…

BizJournals.com report that husband and wife Grant Gilmore and Liz Crawford have been reassigned to WTSP in Tampa.

The pair come from Tegna sister station, WFMY in Greensboro, NC.

Gilmore will become morning meteorologist on WTSP and Crawford will join the news reporting team. The couple was married last year.

In 2015, former WFMY news director Bob Clinkingbeard also left the station for Florida, to assume the role of news director at WTSP.

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03 2017

Kate Wentzel departs WTSP…

UPDATE: 03/20/17 – Kate Wentzel will be the new meteorologist at West Palm Beach’s WPEC.
03/07/17 – WTSP meteorologist Kate Wentzel announced that she is leaving the Tampa station.

Sources tell Florida News Center, that she is headed back to West Palm Beach. However, no specific station was identified.

She signed on with the station in September of 2011, coming from WPBF in West Palm Beach.

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03 2017

Mike Deeson retires after 35 years at WTSP…

In an announcement on Facebook yesterday, veteran WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson announced that he had retired from the Tampa station.

He said on Facebook (edited): “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay, but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today. This will give me the time to put more effort into many of other projects I have been trying to juggle while working full time.

At 68 years old, it’s something I have been thinking about for a while especially because of the changing landscape of TV news, and I know this is the right time.

Also, I didn’t want the long goodbye tour; I would rather rip off the bandage and go forward with my decision immediately. My nature is to come to a conclusion and act on it quickly without looking back.

Timing in a decision like this is always critical. As some of my friends know, I’m finishing up a book about my almost 50 years in the business that is extremely frank and I’ve always thought it would be better to try to get it published after I left the station .

I want to thank all the people who have been so kind to me over the years…the viewers, my colleagues, the friends I have made. I have loved every minute I’ve spent with all of you.

To everything there is a season- for now, this is my season to leave Channel 10.

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03 2017

Dion Lim departs WTSP…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – Dion Lim, evening anchor at WTSP in St. Petersburg, announced she is leaving the station to begin “a very exciting adventure just on the horizon,” but would not elaborate further.

Lim initially made the announcement during Tuesday night’s 11 p.m. broadcast, and has since posted on Facebook that after three years at the station, “the time has come to start my new chapter.”

Lim joined WTSP in January of 2014 after serving as evening anchor at WCNC in Charlotte, N.C. Lim previously worked at ABC affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, Mo….Cont….

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