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What happens locally if Fox buys Time Warner…?

WTVT consumer reporter Chris Chmura proposed a question that has certainly been on our mind here at Florida News Center. What will happen locally if Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is able to purchase Time Warner Inc.?

The deal, which reached a new high bid today (at a meager $80 billion), would be a merger of 21st Century Fox properties and portions of the assets currently held by Time Warner Inc. Those assets include Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks locally.

In the Tampa and Orlando markets, Fox owns/operates WTVT in Tampa and WOFL/WRBW in Orlando. Bright House Networks (Time Warner) operates 24hour cable news outlets Bay News 9 in Tampa and News 13 in Orlando.

Chmura’s question definitely becomes a factor, when considering a merge like this. What will happen locally? Will these properties be combined (as in the hyberpolic graphic for the Tampa media market above) or would they stay independent?

Times, they are a’ changin’….

16

07 2014

Ybeth Bruzual calls out Gov. Rick Scott…

(from HuffingtonPost.com) – Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has spent $13.5 million on reelection ads for television, most of it in Central Florida.

But that doesn’t mean he wants to talk on television — and one Orlando news anchor is seriously over it. News 13′s Ybeth Bruzual spent nearly two minutes of air time calling out Scott for dodging her and her show, “Political Connections.”

Bruzual said Florida’s other major gubernatorial candidates including Charlie Crist (D) have appeared on “Political Connections,” but Scott’s campaign had repeatedly declined to commit to an appearance. Then, she said, his staff reached out and requested to appear on News 13′s Spanish language sister station InfoMás to discuss his Hispanic outreach program.

InfoMás initially agreed to the interview, but everything fell apart when producers informed Scott’s staff that Bruzual would conduct the interview and it would appear across all of the platforms owned by parent company Brighthouse Cable, including News 13 and a station in Tampa Bay….Cont….

16

06 2014

Burn, baby, burn: WTSP to air “Yule Log” for 2013…

Tampa’s WTSP-TV has announced that it will air its version of the burning “Yule Log” from 7:00-9:00am Christmas morning. This is the first year that WTSP will air the burning fireplace, a tradition that has was started locally twelve years ago by Tampa 24hour cable news channel Bay News 9. As Florida News Center has reported, Bay News 9 (along with its Orlando area sister channel, News 13) will air their version of the “Yule Log” from 7:00pm-12:00am on Christmas Eve.

The Yule Log tradition was started in 1966, at New York City station WPIX-TV. Click here to learn more about that.

23

12 2013

Burn, baby, burn…2013!

For the twelfth year, Tampa’s Bright House Cable news channel Bay News 9 and Orlando’s News 13 will be airing the burning “Yule Log” on the cable channels from 7:00pm to midnight on Christmas Eve.

Bright House customers can watch the burning Yule Log anytime by going to OnDemand channel 999 in the Tampa and Orlando cable markets. For 2013, Bright House offers three versions of the Yule Log with differing fire places; “Holiday Tradition,” “Christmas Angel,” and “Chimenea Navidena” in Spanish.

The burning fireplace (Yule log) tradition was first started in 1966, by New York’s WPIX. Watch a history of the WPIX Yule Log and vintage WPIX Yule Log broadcasts, via the YouTube video below. Enjoy!

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19

12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps – Tampa/St. Petersburg…

The November 2013 books for the Tampa/St. Petersburg market have been released. WFTS-TV narrowly beats WTVT-TV for first place in the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00pm news slots. The numbers below demonstrate a virtual tie between WFLA-TV and WTSP-TV for the same time slots. In the late 11:00pm news half hour, WFTS also takes first place with a 2.3 rating, followed by WTSP (1.4), WFLA (1.1), WTVT (1.1), and Bay News 9 (0.6).

A press release from WFTS boasts that the November 2013 results “mark over 20 months in a row” that WFTS has “won the 24-54 demography in the evening and late newscast” time slots. WFTS started an upward trend in these ratings time slots during 2011.

Ratings for morning and noon results were not available at the time of this publication. However, if trends have stayed the same expect for WTVT, WFLA, and Bay News 9 to lead these time slots, followed by WFTS and WTSP. Stay tuned for more results.

Nov. ‘13 (25-54 rating)

5:00pm

5:30pm

6:00pm

5-6:30pm Avg.

WFTS-TV

1.6

1.6

1.8

1.7

WTVT-TV

1.4

1.4

1.8

1.5

WFLA-TV

0.6

0.6

1.0

0.7

WTSP-TV

0.8

0.6

0.6

0.7

Bay News 9

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.6

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12 2013