Posts Tagged ‘wala’

New faces in Pensacola/Mobile…

Our friends at Examiner.com report on several new faces for the Pensacola/Mobile market.

Rudy Harper (left) joins WALA-TV as a general assignment reporter. Harper comes from KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO.

Paxton Boyd (right) joins WPMI-TV as the station’s new sports reporter. Boyd comes from KSWT-TV in Yuma, AZ, where he was the station’s sports director.

 

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09 2014

Media General, LIN, Hearst, Sinclair, Meredith bounce around stations…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Media General Inc. and LIN Media today agreed to sell or swap television stations in five markets to comply with FCC ownership rules affecting the merger they announced on March 21. Media General also announced today that in light of the loss of CBS affiliation of LIN’s WISH Indianapolis, it was lowering the per-share price of the deal from $27.82 to $25.97.

Regulatory authorities are requiring the divestiture of stations in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.; and Savannah, Ga. The companies said they believe that no other market divestitures will be required….Cont…

According to TVNewsCheck.com, in Florida the changes go as follows…

Media General will acquire WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Of course Media General already owns WFLA-TV in that Tampa, it’s second largest. We here at Florida News Center predict that WTTA will move to WFLA’s downtown Tampa studios and once again share newscasts.

Meredith Corp will take WALA-TV away from LIN TV, in the Mobile-Pensacola market for a mere $86 million.

 

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08 2014

UPDATE: Simone Eli departs WALA…

UPDATE (07/16/14) – Florida News Center has learned that former WALA-TV sports director Simone Eli left the Mobile station to join KPRC-TV. She will remain in the sports arena as a reporter and anchor at the Houston station.

//hattip to Examiner.com

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(6/27/14 @ 22:04) – Simone Eli has departed WALA-TV after just one year with the Mobile/Pensacola station.

She joined WALA in May of 2013 as a the station’s lone sports anchor/reporter/director. She replaced Rob Lehocky who  left the station/TV in late 2012 for a public relations job in Mobile.

So far there is no word on why Eli has departed the station. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.

//hattip Examiner.com

16

07 2014

Andrew Perez departs WALA, headed to WPLG…

WALA-TV reporter Andrew Perez is leaving the Mobile/Pensacola station. He is headed to the same position at Miami’s WPLG-TV.

Perez, a Miami native, joined WALA three years ago. He previously worked off camera at Miami’s WSVN.

So far there is no word on when Perez will start at WPLG.

//hattip to Examiner.com

26

04 2014

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from TheHill.com) – The Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to crack down on cooperation between broadcasters.

In a contentious vote that attracted scrutiny from Republicans in the agency and on Capitol Hill, the FCC approved an order that will keep broadcast companies from sharing resources on advertising sales.

Under current FCC rules, a single broadcast company cannot own more than one of the top four broadcast stations in a media market.

But prior to the agency’s actions on Monday, a broadcast company could use a Joint Service Agreement (JSA) to control advertising sales across multiple broadcast stations. Critics of this practice said it allowed broadcasters to control multiple stations in practice without technically violating the agency’s ownership rules….Cont….

How could this impact Florida? There are seven markets in Florida where a company owns, manages or has influence on more than one TV station in a market: West Palm Beach (WPTV & WFLX), Jacksonville (WAWS & WTEV, WTLV & WJXX), Pensacola/Mobile (WEAR & WFGX, WPMI & WJTC…soon to be WKRG/WALA/WFNA), Fort Myers (WBBH & WZVN), Tallahassee (WTWC, WTLH, WTLF), and Gainesville/Ocala (WGFL, WMYW, WNBW), Orlando (WOFL & WRBW), Miami (WTVJ & WSCV).

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04 2014