Posts Tagged ‘FOX’

New graphics packages at WTVT/WOFL…

Tampa’s WTVT and Orlando’s WOFL (WOGX – Gainesville) unveiled a new graphics package today. This new graphics package also debuted on all sixteen Fox O&O network stations. Other new changes include a semi-return to horizontal Fox “station” logo’s for graphic bugs, using the former vertical styled logos only for intros and bumper graphics.

Check out the YouTube video below from WTVT and the embedded stories to further demonstrate these new graphics at WTVT and WOFL.

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11 2012

More noticias on Fox affiliates, sort of…

(from - The 50 TV stations that have signed on to be MundoFox affiliates will broadcast local news, many by the end of this year — a move that will hugely expand the number of news-producing stations nationwide.

“They all committed to having local news; it’s just a matter of time,” says Jorge Mettey,  SVP of News for the Spanish-language network, a joint venture of News Corp. and Colombian programming giant RCN.

News will help the network and the affiliates reach their targeted audience — young, bilingual Hispanics, he says. “If they want to be successful, they have to have local news.”

Announced last January, the network is set for a soft launch tomorrow and an official launch on Aug. 13.

The creation of 48 new TV news departments (the MundoFox affiliates in Los Angeles and Miami already air local news) will be a boon to local news, which has lost 26 TV newsrooms over the last decade….Cont….

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08 2012

Fox O&O’s get help from AccuWeather…

(from – Fox Television Stations (FTS) and AccuWeather are partnering in 11 Fox markets starting this summer, with AccuWeather’s content running on air and online at the Fox-owned stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Memphis, Austin and Gainesville (Fla.).

Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.

“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. “This exclusive partnership with AccuWeather, a company who has been extremely effective in pursuing digital platform distribution, notably Connected TVs, will help us take our digital weather products to the next level.”….Cont….


05 2012

NewsCorp rushes to insulate US media outlets…

*NOTE: NewsCorp owns Florida Fox Television Stations WTVT (Tampa), WOFL (Orlando) and WOGX (Ocala).

(from – Rupert Murdoch finally seemed to be getting out ahead of the greatest crisis in his company’s history.

News Corp. executives believe it took the company too long to make crucial decisions at the outset, in part because the waves of evidence about the phone-hacking scandal were overwhelming, say people briefed on the company’s deliberations. “It was shock and awe,” one says.

Click here to find out more!But after hiring new advisers from Edelman, the world’s largest PR powerhouse, and conferring with two top New York aides, Murdoch charted a humbler course. He authorized full-page ads of apology in rival British papers. He met with the family of a murdered teenage girl whose phone had been hacked. And on Friday he accepted the resignation of two top lieutenants, Rebekah Brooks, who ran his British newspapers, and Les Hinton, the chief executive of Dow Jones….Cont….


07 2011

WTVT says it maintains autonomy from NewsCorp…

(from – As the FBI begins an investigation into whether staffers at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. hacked into the telephones of victims from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the spreading scandal throws a sharp spotlight onto every corner of the international media mogul’s businesses. Including the Tampa Bay area.

Because local Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp. — just like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, book publisher Harper Collins, the Fox News Channel and 26 other TV stations of various affiliations across America.

But unlike the Post, which faces its own allegations of unethical favor-peddling and agenda-setting in its coverage, people who have worked at WTVT said they felt no agenda-setting or unethical influence from News Corp. over their reporting or news content….Cont….


07 2011

Fox vs. the affiliates…

(from – The Fox affiliate meeting held at the NAB convention on Tuesday apparently turned into an adversarial afternoon between the network and its affiliates, who are arguing over Fox’s demand that stations pay what their owners feel is an excessive amount of their retransmission consent fee revenue back to Fox.

Several sources said that during the three-hour meeting Jon Hookstratten, the network’s EVP for national distribution, and Mike Hopkins, the president of affiliate sales and marketing, told the affiliates, “We hear you” in an attempt to stem their concerns.

But station executives buttonholed after the meeting weren’t filled with warm thoughts about the afternoon, which ended with a stream of affiliates walking out quickly, most of them not lingering to chat with each other or Fox executives. Nor did all of them believe they were being heard….Cont….



04 2011

Fox vs the affiliates…

(from - A nine-month effort by the Fox affiliate board to reach a blanket agreement with the network on the sharing of the affiliates’ retransmission consent revenue has broken down with the network vowing that it will now deal only with individual stations or groups.

The breakdown is documented in two acrimonious letters to the affiliates obtained by TVNewsCheck — one from the affiliate board chairman and the other, in response, from the new Fox executive responsible for affiliate relations….Cont….



02 2011

The big dogs are making money…

All of the big Florida TV owners report a rise in 3Q profits. Is the future looking up for local TV? Read on…


(edited from - Sinclair Broadcast Group (owners of WEAR, WFGX, WTWC, WMOR) today reported financial results for the three months ended Sept. 30. Net broadcast revenues from continuing operations were $158.8 million, an increase of 16.4% versus the prior year period result of $136.4 million. The company had operating income of $56.1 million in the three-month period, as compared to operating income of $35.7 million in the prior year period. Political revenues were $9.8 million in the third quarter 2010 versus $1.9 million in third quarter 2009….Cont….


(edited from - News Corp.’s (owners of WTVT, WOFL, WOGX) hard-knuckled negotiations with cable operators are paying dividends: The media conglomerate posted a 36% jump in net income for its fiscal first quarter, thanks to double-digit gains from cable and television groups.

The company reported a net income of $775 million, or 30 cents a share, for the three-month period ending Sept. 30. That’s up from $571 million, or 22 cents a share, a year ago. Revenues of $7.4 billion rose 3% from a year earlier….Cont….


(edited from - Gannett Broadcasting (owners of WTSP, WTLV/WJXX) revenues were $185.3 million in the third quarter, a 22.3% climb over the same quarter a year ago. The broadcast division includes Gannett’s 23 stations and the Captivate elevator TV network.

Television revenue alone was $179.6 million, well up from the $145.2 million Gannett reported at the same point last year, reflecting strong core advertising and political spending….Cont….


(edited from - Local TV in the US got some good news when publishing company EW Scripps (owners of WFTS, WPTV) reported its third-quarter earnings with its ten local TV affiliates raising a 31% increase in revenue for Q3 2010. Overall, local revenue was up nearly 5% to $37.6 million.

“The flow of advertising dollars back into local television continues at an encouraging pace, attracted in part by our commitment to delivering larger and more engaged audiences through a determined focus on high-quality local news content,” said Rich Boehne, Scripps president and CEO. “Many of our key television advertising categories have bounced back to pre-2009 levels.”….Cont….


(edited from – Even though political advertising is not as hot as expected, Media General (owners of WFLA) reported that 3Q revenues shot up 18%, while newspaper revenues were dow 7.6%. Look for TV to be up even more in Q4, while the company is looking for newspaper revenues to be down again, though not as much….Cont….


11 2010

Election night coverage…captured…

Click below to check out some screen captures taken from various networks and local channels (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, CNN, WTVT, WFLA, WTSP, WFTS, WSVN, WESH, WOFL, Univision), via Florida News Center on Facebook. Enjoy!

And remember to follow Florida News Center on Facebook if you have not already!


Also, check out these pictures for a behind the scenes look at election coverage from Orlando’s WESH-TV.



11 2010

New graphics at WTVT…

While yours truly was traveling, Tampa’s WTVT unveiled a new graphics package and news music. The previous Fox O&O graphics still remain in use for chryron, full screen, OTS and other functions. The new graphics can be seen below, used in the newscast intros, teasers and bumpers. The station’s 11pm newscast, (News Edge) as well as the morning newscasts, (Good Day) still retain all of the older Fox O&O graphics. Check out the video below, c/o FNC on YouTube.

And just because I found this hilarious….from the same newscast (as above), this clip was about avoiding viruses on your computer from websites like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Enjoy!

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10 2010