Posts Tagged ‘FCN’

Phil Amato to be back on the air in JAX…

(edited from ActionNewsJax.com) – Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville Television announced today that Phil Amato will be joining the Action News team Monday November 3rd.

Amato comes to Action News from WTLV/WJXX First Coast News in Jacksonville where he was an anchor for more than 20 years. He will anchor CBS47 Action News from 5-7a.m. and FOX30 Action News from 5-9 a.m.

“We were given the opportunity to bring on a pillar of the Jacksonville journalism community and we couldn’t pass it up,” said Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager for WFOX-TV/WJAX-TV. “He is embedded in our community and knows what Jacksonville viewers expect in a newscast. We know he will bring those qualities to the CBS47/FOX30 Action News team.”….Cont….

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10 2014

WTLV/WJXX names station manger/dir of sales…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Gannett today named Bill Lancaster VP-station manager and director of sales of its duopoly of WTLV (NBC)-WJXX(ABC) in Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 48). He succeeds Mark Overstreet who left last month.

Lancaster had previously been vice president of sales for WFMY in Greensboro, N.C.

Lancaster has been with Gannett for more than 20 years, starting as account executive at WFMY. He then moved to WUSA Washington, where he continued as account executive for three years before moving back to Greensboro and assuming the role of national sales manager at WFMY. Lancaster also served as local sales manager and general sales manager at WFMY before being named vice president of sales in 2011….Cont….

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10 2014

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