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UPDATE: Mark Spain finds work outside of JAX…

UPDATE: 04/15/2015 – Former WTEV/WAWS anchor Mark Spain announced on Twitter today that he has landed at WSET-TV, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA.


(edited from – 03/25/15 – Former WJAX/WFOX anchor Mark Spain is leaving the Jacksonville market for another broadcasting job.

Spain was one of five anchors, who were jettisoned from the news operations there last summer. Spain, who had remained in Jacksonville, has not been on the air in local TV news since leaving the duopoly, but Wednesday he confirmed he’s agreed to a broadcast news job outside of North Florida.

Spain said he would not be more specific on his relocation due to a pre-employment agreement that limits disclosure of the job prior to taking to the air. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2015

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

Paige Kelton stays at WTEV/WAWS, moves to mgmt…

Florida News Center has learned that former lead anchor Paige Kelton will be staying with WTEV/WAWS after all.

In a press release this past Friday, VP/GM Jim Zerwkh announced that Kelton will be moving from the anchor desk to the news management team at the Jacksonville duopoly. She will become the “special projects manager.”

In the release Zerwekh said of Kelton, “Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS 47/FOX 30 for many years” and that he is “extremely happy that she is transitioning to our management team.” He went on to say that “Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS 47/FOX30 Action News.”

This announcement comes just three months after Florida News Center reported that the management at Cox Communications, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch,” dismissing their entire lead evening and morning anchor teams.

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08 2014

John Bachman named lead anchor at WTEV/WAWS… reports that John Bachman will join WTEV/WAWS in the fall of 2014 as lead anchor. He has been named as the Jacksonville duopoly’s new lead P.M. anchor, replacing the departing Mark Spain.

Bachman comes from WTEV/WAWS Cox sister station, WSB-TV in Atlanta. He joined WSB in 2011, rising from weekend anchor to weekday anchor.

Bachman is the first of five new faces who will fill chairs which are or soon will be empty at WTEV/WAWS. As Florida News Center reported back in May, lead anchors Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, Tera Barz, Mike Barz, and Lynnesy Gardner were informed that their contracts were not being renewed and that the station was “going in a different direction” in the fall.

Sources told Florida News Center at the time, that the search was on through out the Cox television properties to find talent that could fill the soon-to-be voids at WTEV/WAWS. Bachman is number one….who will be 2, 3, 4, & 5? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


07 2014

Tera Barz departs WTEV/WAWS…

(from – When Action News launched its new website last week, a familiar face was missing from its Action News Team page: Tera Barz.

Following a report less than a month ago that the TV news organization would not be renewing the contracts of five of its top six anchors, Barz appears to be the first to leave the station, which broadcasts its newscasts on WAWS-TV Fox30 and WTEV-TV CBS 47.

Her photo and bio no longer appear with those of Action News’ other anchors, including husband Mike Barz, Lynnsey Gardner, Paige Kelton, Dawn Lopez, Derrick Odom and Mark Spain….Cont….


06 2014