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Laid off WFTS staffer was first with Melania story…

(edited from – Jarrett Hill, a former producer and reporter from Tampa’s WFTS is getting credit for being the first to figure out that Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention sounded oddly familiar.

The Los Angeles Times reports Hill had heard the phrase “… the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams …,” once before. After checking it out, he confirmed his suspicions that Melania was channeling Michelle Obama from the First Lady’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Hill lost his job at WFTS in April 2015. He’s been freelancing in LA ever since.

Florida News Center reported the lay offs back in March of 2015, saying that Scripps had axed WFTS’ Chief Engineer, a manager and several producers, while making other staffers reapply for their jobs. Read the rest of this entry →


07 2016

WFTS attracted viewers on election night…

(from WFTS-TV Press release) – When the polls closed in Florida, ABC Action News was the number one source of local political coverage for Adults 25-54 according to the Nielsen LPM Overnights.

ABC Action News won this important night with special coverage at 7:30 p.m. and the 11 p.m. newscast.
More people in other demographics measured by Nielsen turned to ABC Action News, the Associated Press’ 2010 Best Overall News Operation, on Election Day than any other station. 
NEWSCAST                                       STATION                   W25-54           W18-49
ABC Action News at 6:00PM               WFTS-ABC                3.0                   2.4
Fox 13 News at 6:00PM                      WTVT-Fox                  2.4                   2.2
Newschannel 8 at 6:00PM                   WFLA-NBC                1.2                   0.4
Tampa Bays 10 at 6:00PM                  WTSP-CBS                 0.5                   0.5
NEWSCAST                                       STATION                   W25-54           A25-54
ABC Action News at 11:00PM             WFTS-ABC                1.5                   1.7
Fox 13 News at 11:00PM                    WTVT-Fox                  1.3                   1.3
Tampa Bays 10 at 11:00PM                WTSP-CBS                 1.2                   1.3
Newschannel 8 at 11:00PM                 WFLA-NBC                 0.9                   1.1

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