After much anticipation, Jacksonville duopoly WTEV and WAWS started broadcasting their newscasts in high-definition on tonights (Sunday) 6:30pm newscast. They beat competitor duopoly WTLV/WJXX by one day. WTLX/WJXX will debut high-definition newscasts, HD set and tweaked graphics tomorrow (Monday). – NOTE: Notice Karen Adams anchoring in the video below. Adams, you may remember, returned to Jacksonville (as Florida News Center reported) back in December.
We here at Florida News Center would like to apologize for our story last night about Karen Adams returning to First Coast News (WTLV/WJXX) from Huntsville’s WAAY-TV. Adams is not returning to WTLV/WJXX but is joining the team at WAWS/WTEV instead. We apologize to Karen Adams, First Coast News, those websites that picked up the story and anyone else affected. Florida News Center tries to confirm each story to the best of our ability, at the time of story posting…this time we failed.
Also First Coast News Director Mike Garber tells us that there are no plans at this time to move WTLV’s 11pm newscast to 10pm. However, there are talks that with the Comcast control purchase of NBC, local affiliates may have to change newscast schedules to accomate schedule changes to The Jay Leno Show.
Sources tell Florida News Center that WAAY ABC 31 anchor Karen Adams has resigned from the Huntsville, AL station to join Jacksonville’s WJXX/WTLV. Adams anchored newscasts on WJXX (then, not combined with WTLV) from 1997-2002. She comes to WTLV/WJXX to anchor an “evening position, to be announced later.” The news of Adams future arrival at WTLV/WJXX comes as we also hear that WTLV will be possibly moving their 11pm newscast, to 10pm to coincide with the The Jay Leno Showpossibly being moved to 11pm on NBC. Stay tuned for further information.
Now the juicy part…back to Karen Adams…Sources also tell Florida News Center that upon news of her resignation “personnel at WAAY were seen dancing and skipping in the hallways in very public displays of joy, at her departure.” Adams has been “one of the most difficult employees and inconsistent anchors in recent memory.”
Watch the YouTube video below of Adams anchoring on WJXX circa 1999