Posts Tagged ‘WTEV’

It was the wrong Tim Deegan!

(edited from – One Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves.

When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim Deegan the meteorologist. The picture was from the TV Deegan’s DUI in November 2013.

WTEV-WAWS news director Robert Longo told TVSpy the Inergize-CMS system (the people who manage the web content) chose the wrong picture (below) ….Cont….

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06 2014

Mark Spain is looking for a job…

WTEV/WAWS lead anchor Mark Spain is now actively looking for a new job. Talent agency DCA Talent has created a web page for Spain, including contact information and a YouTube talent reel.

In surprising frankness, the DCA Talent resume page for Spain lists the following as his reason for looking for new work:

New owners at WAWS/WTEV in Jacksonville are making wholesale changes: three evening anchors and two morning anchors have been told they will not be renewed, and Mark Spain is one of them.  Has been a Main Anchor in Jacksonville for fourteen years.  Please take a look!

As Florida News Center reported several weeks ago, WTEV/WAWS informed five of its leading anchors that their contracts were not being renewed in the fall. The station plans to go in a different direction and add new faces to the anchor desk. This anchor shuffle included Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, Tera Barz, Mike Barz, and Lynnsey Gardner.


06 2014

“I think they exercised bad judgement”….

(from – When word got out that the contracts five news anchors from WTEV-CBS 47 and WAWS-Fox 30 wouldn’t be renewed, it quickly became a hot topic — at least to people around City Council President Bill Gulliford.

In response, Gulliford has offered his observations of the company’s decision to Cox Media Group President Bill Hoffman.

In a letter to Hoffman dated today on council letterhead, Gulliford said the move by Action News is “getting a lot of push back in the community.”

“I have heard it constantly since the story broke,” Gulliford wrote. “People are challenging the wisdom of such a move and questioning whether Cox Media really gets the local aspect of their operation here.”

Asked about the letter, Gulliford said he heard a little more background about the situation from one of the anchors after an interview. After hearing about the situation, he said he didn’t “think someone up the line understands what Jacksonville is about.”

“I think they exercised bad judgment,” he said….Cont….


06 2014

Julie Watkins leaves WTEV/WAWS…

Meteorologist Julie Watkins has left WTEV/WAWS. She signed-off this weekend, after five years with the  Jacksonville duopoly. She started at WTEV/WAWS at the end of 2008.

As some FNC readers may remember, Julie Watkins announced that she was leaving WTEV/WAWS at the end of March this year anyway. She stated on her personal blog that she was leaving TV station start some new projects.

In a recent post on her blog, she mentions that she stayed on through May until the station “had enough people on their weather team.” However, she goes on to talk about how local TV news is stressful. This might have something to do with what has been going on, right across the studios at WTEV/WAWS.

As Florida News Center reported last week, WTEV/WAWS told lead anchors Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, & Tera Barz, along with morning anchors Mike Barz and Lynnsey Gardner that their contracts were not being renewed this fall. Insiders told Florida News Center that the station was “starting over from scratch” with new faces at the stations.

We here at Florida News Center could see how this might be a stressful situation.



06 2014

UPDATE: WTEV/WAWS cuts anchor team…

UPDATE: As Florida News Center reported earlier this week, Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS is blowing up their lead anchor team to “start over from scratch.” We reported that Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, and Tera Barz were on the chopping block and that the axe might not stop there.

The Jacksonville Business Journal now confirms the latter. We now know that station is blowing up their morning team as well. Morning anchors Mike Barz (the husband of Tera Barz) and Lynnsey Gardner will also be out of the door when their contracts are up.

We hear that Cox Communications (the owners of WTEV/WAWS) have began to look for talent to poach from their other stations around the country, to fill the pending vacancies. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further developments.


05 2014