Posts Tagged ‘WAWS’

Tera Barz departs WTEV/WAWS…

(from Jacksonville.com) – When Action News launched its new website last week, a familiar face was missing from its Action News Team page: Tera Barz.

Following a report less than a month ago that the TV news organization would not be renewing the contracts of five of its top six anchors, Barz appears to be the first to leave the station, which broadcasts its newscasts on WAWS-TV Fox30 and WTEV-TV CBS 47.

Her photo and bio no longer appear with those of Action News’ other anchors, including husband Mike Barz, Lynnsey Gardner, Paige Kelton, Dawn Lopez, Derrick Odom and Mark Spain….Cont….

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06 2014

WJXT takes May JAX books, beats locals and nets…

In a press release to Florida News Center, we learn that Independent station WJXT is once again claiming its historically dominant role in the Jacksonville/Brunswick television market. The following numbers are for the coveted 25-54 age group.

WJXT wins the morning race from 5am-9am, beating all local newscasts and national network newscasts from NBC, ABC, and CBS

6am-7am (RTG/SHARE)

7am-9am

WJXT (5/35)

WJXT (3/26)

WTLV/WJXX (3.2/22)

Today Show (1.7/14)

WAWS (1.3/9)

CBS This Morning (1.7/14)

WTEV (.04/3)

Good Morning America (038/7)

WJXT wins the evening newscasts from 5pm-7pm, once again beating all local newscasts and national network newscasts from NBC, ABC, CBS

5 pm (RTG/SHARE)

5:30pm

6 pm

WJXT (2.8/17)

WJXT (3/16)

WJXT (3.8/17)

WTLV/WJXX (1.4/9)

WTLV/WJXX (1.8/9)

WTLV/WJXX (2.7/12)

WTEV (1.3/8)

WTEV (1.3/7)

WTEV (1.6/7)

 

In the late news hour, WJXT beats newscasts on WAWS and network primetime shows in the 10pm hour and continues that streak on with the 11pm local newscasts.

11 pm (RTG/SHARE)

WJXT (2.3/9)

WTLV/WJXX (2.2/9)

WTEV (1.4/5)

WJXT says that it has seen increases in primetime viewing as well, ranking second with its schedule of syndicated network comedies. In the M-F primetime viewing hours, WJXT beats out NBC, ABC, and FOX, losing only to CBS.

*NOTE – The above numbers were from a WJXT press release.

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06 2014

It was the wrong Tim Deegan!

(edited from TVSpy.com) – One Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves.

When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim Deegan the meteorologist. The picture was from the TV Deegan’s DUI in November 2013.

WTEV-WAWS news director Robert Longo told TVSpy the Inergize-CMS system (the people who manage the web content) chose the wrong picture (below) ….Cont….

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06 2014

Mark Spain is looking for a job…

WTEV/WAWS lead anchor Mark Spain is now actively looking for a new job. Talent agency DCA Talent has created a web page for Spain, including contact information and a YouTube talent reel.

In surprising frankness, the DCA Talent resume page for Spain lists the following as his reason for looking for new work:

New owners at WAWS/WTEV in Jacksonville are making wholesale changes: three evening anchors and two morning anchors have been told they will not be renewed, and Mark Spain is one of them.  Has been a Main Anchor in Jacksonville for fourteen years.  Please take a look!

As Florida News Center reported several weeks ago, WTEV/WAWS informed five of its leading anchors that their contracts were not being renewed in the fall. The station plans to go in a different direction and add new faces to the anchor desk. This anchor shuffle included Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, Tera Barz, Mike Barz, and Lynnsey Gardner.

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06 2014

“I think they exercised bad judgement”….

(from JaxDailyRecord.com) – When word got out that the contracts five news anchors from WTEV-CBS 47 and WAWS-Fox 30 wouldn’t be renewed, it quickly became a hot topic — at least to people around City Council President Bill Gulliford.

In response, Gulliford has offered his observations of the company’s decision to Cox Media Group President Bill Hoffman.

In a letter to Hoffman dated today on council letterhead, Gulliford said the move by Action News is “getting a lot of push back in the community.”

“I have heard it constantly since the story broke,” Gulliford wrote. “People are challenging the wisdom of such a move and questioning whether Cox Media really gets the local aspect of their operation here.”

Asked about the letter, Gulliford said he heard a little more background about the situation from one of the anchors after an interview. After hearing about the situation, he said he didn’t “think someone up the line understands what Jacksonville is about.”

“I think they exercised bad judgment,” he said….Cont….

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06 2014