Posts Tagged ‘wala’

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

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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

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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

WKRG to get a new set…a hint to the future?

WKRG announced on it’s Facebook page last week, that the Mobile/Pensacola station will be getting a new set. The new set will debut in the next “2 to 3 weeks.”

The current station set is being dismantled and will be donated to local schools.

Last week, Florida News Center told you that a merger deal had been made between Media General (the owners of WKRG) and LIN TV (the owners of WALA and WFNA). WKRG, WALA, and WFNA are all three in the Mobile/Pensacola market. There was been much speculation which of the three stations with be kept by the new “merged” company, to be known as Media General. The fact that WKRG is getting a new set, might be a clue to which station”s” the new company plans to keep. The investment into these new updates at WKRG, might be worth holding onto by the soon-to-be larger Media General.

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for pictures and multimedia of the new changes at WKRG and the future status’ of WKRG, WALA, and WFNA.

//hattip to Examiner

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03 2014

WKRG/WALA/WFNA now in play from MG/LIN merger…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Before they can close their proposed $1.6 merger, Media General and LIN Media will have to sell or swap stations in five markets to comply with FCC rules limiting common ownership of more than one station in a market, Media General CEO George Mahoney told securities analysts following the announcement of the mega-deal this morning.

Media General and LIN have overlapping stations in five markets — Providence; Savannah, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Mobile, Ala.; and Green Bay, Wis.

In Mobile, Media General owns WKRG (CBS); LIN owns WALA (Fox) and WFNA (CW).

In Providence, Media General owns WJAR (NBC); LIN owns WPRI (CBS) and operates WNAC (Fox) through a marketing agreement….Cont….

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03 2014