Posts Tagged ‘Bay News 9’

Rudy Murrieta out as N/D at News 13….

The urge to merge continues at Tampa’s Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13.

Sources tell Florida News Center that the Rudy Murrieta is out as News Director at the Orlando 24 hour cable station.

There was no reason given for his departure from the station. However, sources have been hinting for some time now that the cable stations will eventually merge operations. So, is this the next step?

Earlier this year, we reported that Senior Director of News Tim Geraghty was let go from the station, as his position was being eliminated to “reduce redundancy.” Bay News 9 Senior Director of News, Mike Gautreau took over both Senior positions for Bay News 9 and News 13. At the the beginning of 2013, the VP/General Managers for both Bn9 and News 13 were both let go to merge leadership at BN9 headquarters. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2015

A broken wrist for Brian McClure…

Viewers of Tampa 24 hr cable channel Bay News 9 might have noticed meteorologist Brian McClure sporting a fancy new fashion accessory this week. He showed up on the Thursday newscasts, with his right arm in a sling. McClure noted on Twitter that he broke his wrist after falling off of a ladder earlier in the week.

We wish Mr. McClure a speedy recovery! Check out the pics below.

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02 2015

Dave Cocchiarella departs News 13….

News 13 meteorologist Dave Cocchiarella has departed the Orlando cable-only station on Wednesday.

He did not respond to repeated requests for comment, when asked by the Orlando Sentinel. However, on Thursday Bright House Networks released the a statement saying that “Dave Cocchiarella chose to no longer be with News 13.”

He announced the news on Twitter yesterday after noon and thanked his viewers, in the following tweet: “It has been my sincere honor to serve the Central Florida community for 16 years. I am looking forward to many more…”

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02 2015

The urge to merge at BN9 & News 13….

Sources tell Florida News Center that changes are brewing at the Bright House Networks cable properties in the Tampa and Orlando markets. We have learned that News 13 Senior Director of News Tim Geraghty is out at the Orlando cable station.

As Florida News Center reported, Geraghty joined News 13 in 2012 as the station’s news director. In a move to further join the Tampa and Orlando outlets, Bay News 9 (BN9) Senior Director of News Mike Gautreau will assume responsibility of news management for both BN9 and News 13 from Geraghty. The current news directors Ally Berger (BN9) and Rudy Murrieta (News 13) will now report directly to Gautreau. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2015

Burn, Baby, Burn…..2014!

For the first time in thirteen years, Tampa’s Bright House Cable news channel Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13 is breaking tradition and will not be airing the burning “Yule Log” LIVE on Christmas Eve. The tradition, started in 2002 had featured a burning fireplace, along with traditional Christmas music played (varying hours each year) from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight.

Bright House Cable customers can still enjoy the scenes and music by going to OnDemand channel 999 in the Tampa and Orlando markets. For 2014, Bright House has expanded the different versions of the fireplace, up to eleven different options with and with-out music. The new highlight for this year, is a fireplace that is inspired by the Disney movie Frozen.

Tampa’s WTSP will air its verison of the burning “Yule Log” from 7-10:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. This is the second year that WTSP has aired its burning fire place, beginning last year for Christmas 2013. Watch the 2013 promo below:

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