Posts Tagged ‘CFN13’

Kelli Cook to depart News 13…

(from – Out of here: Kelli Cook after nearly six years at News 13.

Wednesday was Cook’s last day. She had started at the Orlando cable news channel in May 2008.

She has moved to ABC affiliate WATN in Memphis, where she will work as a weekend anchor and a reporter. But the biggest draw: family.

“I definitely missed being around family,” Cook said Monday. “Most of my family is in Memphis, including my parents, nephews, a host of cousins and the extended family. I wanted some time to reconnect with them.”

Most people will remember Cook for the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials. She served as field anchor for both trials….Cont….


03 2014

Sochi bumps up WESH in Feb books….

(from - The Winter Olympics were very, very good to NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2.

WESH dominated prime time, easily won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

This February was atypical because of the Super Bowl, which aired on Fox, and the Sochi Games. In prime time, WESH averaged 210,500 total viewers to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35′s 162,000. Both stations were well ahead of CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 98,000 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 with 75,600.

Prime time proved a major boost to the WESH late news, which often started at 11:30. These news ratings, unless otherwise noted, are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

In late news for the age group, WESH averaged 47,300 viewers to WFTV’s 30,000 and WKMG’s 22,400. WOFL drew 19,500 in the time slot Monday-Friday….Cont….


02 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.


12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps: Orlando/Daytona…

(from - In November ratings, WFTV-Channel 9′s Eyewitness News drew the most eyewitnesses in most time slots.

WESH-Channel 2 was the clear leader at 4 p.m., and WOFL-Channel 35 continued to dominate among 10 p.m. newscasts.

But WFTV was the victor in early morning, at 6 p.m. and at 11 p.m. with the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

WFTV reasserted its leadership at 5 p.m., where WOFL had won in September and October. (WOFL has a content-sharing agreement with the Orlando Sentinel.).

The November ratings period ended Wednesday, and the ratings were released Thursday. The numbers reported here are based on the 25-to-54 age group, unless otherwise noted….Cont….


12 2013

Alan Mason named as VP/GM at Bright House FL…

(edited from – Bright House Networks has named Alan Mason vice president/general manager of news and local programming.

Mason will provide oversight and strategic guidance for Bright House Networks 24-hour local news channels — Bay News 9 and News 13 — as well as Bright House Sports Network, Local on Demand and InfoMas beginning Dec. 30.

Mason comes from VP/GM at Time Warner’s News 14 Carolina.

Bay News 9 and News 13 are among the country’s top-rated 24-hour local news channels. Bright House Networks owns and operates Bay News 9, News 13, Bright House Sports Network, and InfoMas. (full story from


11 2013

Danny Treanor retires after 35 years on Orlando TV…

Meteorologist Danny Treanor anchored his final weather cast at noon today on cable-only News 13. The veteran Orlando TV personality joined News 13 10 years ago, starting on the weekend shift. Treanor first started in Orlando across the street at WFTV, in 1978.

Click here for video from Danny Treanor’s final newscast and tributes from fellow WFTV and current News 13 anchor Marla Weech.

Read more from the Orlando Sentinel as Danny Talks alcoholism and the past…


We here at Florida News Center are planning to be Danny Treanor for Halloween! Remember this gem from 2009? – Be Danny Treanor for Halloween!


10 2013

Comings and goings at News 13 Wx…

(edited from – Peter Caggiano (right #1) has left Orlando’s cable-only News 13 after nearly five years, Tim Geraghty, senior director of news, said Thursday. Caggiano’s last day was Sunday.

Mallory Nicholls (right #2) will be moving into his slot, and she will debut on the air in the next few days, Geraghty said. She joined the cable news channel a month ago from WPDE in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

As Florida News Center previously reported, Maureen McCann debuted in the late morning Wednesday. She came from KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver.

Danny Treanor introduced McCann, because she will be taking his spot. Treanor is retiring later this month….Cont….


10 2013

Danny Treanor to retire, Maureen McCann to News 13…

(from – News 13 has hired the replacement for meteorologist Danny Treanor (right #1), a local TV legend who will retire in late October.

Maureen McCann (right#2) will join News 13 in September from KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver.

News director Tim Geraghty said the planning continues for Treanor’s sendoff. “We’ll make a big deal of Danny’s departure,” he said. “We’re going to give Danny an appropriate sendoff for the years he’s spent in the market.”….Cont….


In honor of Danny Treanor’s October retirement, yours truly here at Florida News Center would be honored to be Mr. Treanor for Halloween. Remember this gem from 2009 – the Danny Treanor Halloween mask?  Be Danny Treanor for Halloween”


08 2013

A new era for Central Florida News 13…

Orlando’s Central Florida News 13 began a new era today as the 24hr cable only station debuted a new logo, a new name, website (, news music, graphics package, and minor set changes on their Tuesday noon newscast. The station has been slowly phasing out the “Central Florida” part of its name over the past several years and has now fully adopted “News 13″ as its official moniker. The station is now using the slogan “News. Weather. Now.”

As Florida News Center learned nearly two weeks ago, the Bright House Networks cable-only station began to set into effect the even further merging of it’s Tampa and Orlando properties. The new “News 13″ is now a twin of its Tampa sister station, Bay News 9. Both stations now share the same music, slogan, similar logos, and set styling. Sources tell Florida News Center that the new graphics package introduced today on News 13 will eventually be adopted on Bay News 9 as well. Stay tuned for any further information.

Check out News 13′s new look below and a hybrid image where not all of the graphics are quite updated yet…

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08 2013

Changes are coming to CFN 13…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Orlando’s Central Florida News 13 will receive a new logo, new slogan, minor set changes, and a new graphics package. The new logo (pictured in promos above) is designed to mimic its Bright House Networks owned sister station, Tampa’s Bay News 9. The new logo (as shown above) will be “News, Weather, Now.”

This new logo will be the second for the 24hr cable only station, since its debut in 1997. Sources say to look for the new logo and changes to debut sometime this week. Bright House Networks cable has already updated the logo on the channel guide. Stay tuned for multimedia upon debut.

//hattip to anonymous x 2


08 2013