Posts Tagged ‘WTEV’

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from – The Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to crack down on cooperation between broadcasters.

In a contentious vote that attracted scrutiny from Republicans in the agency and on Capitol Hill, the FCC approved an order that will keep broadcast companies from sharing resources on advertising sales.

Under current FCC rules, a single broadcast company cannot own more than one of the top four broadcast stations in a media market.

But prior to the agency’s actions on Monday, a broadcast company could use a Joint Service Agreement (JSA) to control advertising sales across multiple broadcast stations. Critics of this practice said it allowed broadcasters to control multiple stations in practice without technically violating the agency’s ownership rules….Cont….

How could this impact Florida? There are seven markets in Florida where a company owns, manages or has influence on more than one TV station in a market: West Palm Beach (WPTV & WFLX), Jacksonville (WAWS & WTEV, WTLV & WJXX), Pensacola/Mobile (WEAR & WFGX, WPMI & WJTC…soon to be WKRG/WALA/WFNA), Fort Myers (WBBH & WZVN), Tallahassee (WTWC, WTLH, WTLF), and Gainesville/Ocala (WGFL, WMYW, WNBW), Orlando (WOFL & WRBW), Miami (WTVJ & WSCV).


04 2014

Russell Colburn to leave WALA, headed to Jax…

WALA-TV reporter Russell Colburn is leaving his position at the Mobile/Pensacola station. The station announced his departure last Friday via their Facebook page.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Colburn is headed to the WTEV/WAWS duopoly in Jacksonville.

Colburn joined WALA in February 2011, serving as a videographer and reporter.

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02 2014

Bob Longo named as News Director at WTEV/WAWS…

(edited from – Bob Longo, veteran news director, is joining Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 48) duopoly of WTEV (CBS) and WAWS (Fox) News as news director.

Longo’s TV journalism career has included stints as news director at WESH-TV in Orlando and also in Pittsburgh; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Binghamton, N.Y.

He began his career as a radio reporter and eventually worked as a reporter and anchor in both radio and TV before turning to management….Cont….


01 2014

Julie Watkins to leave WTEV/WAWS in 2014…

(from/by -  I’m (Julie Watkins) leaving local news…again. Yes, I did this once before in 2007 when I worked in Orlando. I left the biz for about a year to start my nonprofit – The Girls Gone Green. I returned to TV late in 2008, but I was still hesitant about getting back into the business so I tip-toed in as a freelancer at WTEV/WAWS in Jacksonville, Florida…..

….I will be leaving the station at the end of March so I’ll be ready to devote all of my time, attention, energy and love to several new projects all which will unfold in 2014. I’m feeling confident and ready to take everything I’ve learned up until now and put it into motion. My main project starting next year is to work on a documentary. Luckily for me my awesome film professor, Marc Boese will be lending his professional hand and sharing his expertise in this growing partnership….Cont….

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12 2013

Mike McCormick out as N/D at WTEV/WAWS…

(edited from – News director Mike McCormick is out at after five years at Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”….Cont….


12 2013