Posts Tagged ‘FCN’

Phil Amato departs WTLV/WJXX….

(from 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….


07 2014

Why does JAX TV news suck?….

(from – 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 – 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….


12 2013

Dan Hicken is back on TV in JAX…

(from - 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….


12 2013

Tim Deegan arrested on DUI charge…

11/03/13 @ 20:51 – UPDATE: Duopoly WTEV/WAWS  (@ 17:53) and Indepdent WJXT (@17:42) published the story below on their websites after the publication of our story below.   Mug shot c/o

WTLV/WJXX General Manager Eric Land told WJXT & WTEV/WAWS that “as a matter of policy FCN does not comment on matters of legal or personal nature involving our employees.” Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


11/03/13 @ 17:22 – Tim Deegan, chief meteorologist at Jacksonville duopoly WTLV/WJXX was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Deegan was arrested Saturday evening in Jacksonville Beach and released Sunday morning at 11:19 am on his own recognizance.

So far there has been no comment from WTLV/WJXX. To the best of our knowledge, other Jacksonville TV stations have not reported on the story. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.


11 2013