Posts Tagged ‘FCN’

Eric Land is out as GM at WTLV/WJXX…

FTVLive.com is reporting that WTLV/WJXX VP/General Manager Eric Land is out at the Jacksonville duopoly.

The announcement came quietly via an internal memo from Gannett corporate (the owners of WTLV/WJXX):

Today Eric resigned as President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX.   We wish Eric the best and thank him for his two years with our company.

Land joined WTLV/WJXX in August of 2014, after a stint as COO with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that Land served as GM at WFLA in Tampa.

So far there is no word on who will take Land’s position. Stay tuned.

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08 2014

Phil Amato departs WTLV/WJXX….

(from Jacksonville.com)Phil Amato, anchor of two morning shows at First Coast News, has left the station.

Eric Land, president and general manager of First Coast News on WJXX TV-25 and WTLV TV-12, would say only that Amato resigned on Monday. Although Amato had been on the air in the past week, Land said that Amato was not on the air during several newscasts last week.

Amato co-anchored “First Coast News” at 4 a.m. on WTLV and “Good Morning Jacksonville Sunrise” at 5 a.m. and “Good Morning Jacksonville” at 6 a.m. on both stations. At one point, he returned to co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast as well, but was not doing the afternoon newcast any more….Cont….

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07 2014

Why does JAX TV news suck?….

(from FolioWeekley.com) – There’s one question visitors from outside the area often ask me — and a question I ask myself on occasion: Why does local TV news suck so much?

You’d think that, in a region with more than a million people, we’d have something better, that there would be room for more voices, more perspectives, more analyses, more deep dives.

You’d be wrong.

There are exceptions, of course. First Coast News (whose newscasts are shared by our local NBC and ABC affiliates) has a nice investigative team, helmed by former Folio Weekly editor extraordinaire Anne Schindler, which can be counted on for interesting stories every now and again….Cont….

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04 2014

Tim Deegan enters no contest to DUI charge…

(from FirstCoastNews.com) – First Coast News (WTLV-TV/WJXX-TV) meteorologist Tim Deegan entered a plea of “no contest” to a charge of driving under the influence.

Last month Deegan, 54, was arrested in Jacksonville Beach for allegedly driving under the influence and running a stop sign.

In court Tuesday morning, Deegan was sentenced to 12 months probation, his license suspended for six months and 50 hours of community service….Cont….

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12 2013

Dan Hicken is back on TV in JAX…

(from Jacksonville.com) - Six months after he last appeared on television, longtime sports anchor Dan Hicken will be back on the air Sunday for Action Sports 360.

Hicken worked at First Coast News for 27 years, most recently as the sports director.

On May 31, his contract expired, and he signed on at CBS47/FOX30’s Action Sports 360 program.

His six-month non-compete clause dies Sunday, and he will join the live broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on FOX30 and at 11:20 p.m. on CBS47.

“They definitely made me a better offer,” he said Friday about his new employer….Cont….

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12 2013