Posts Tagged ‘WAWS’

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from – 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).


04 2014

Russell Colburn to leave WALA, headed to Jax…

WALA-TV reporter Russell Colburn is leaving his position at the Mobile/Pensacola station. The station announced his departure last Friday via their Facebook page.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Colburn is headed to the WTEV/WAWS duopoly in Jacksonville.

Colburn joined WALA in February 2011, serving as a videographer and reporter.

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02 2014

Bob Longo named as News Director at WTEV/WAWS…

(edited from – Bob Longo, veteran news director, is joining Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 48) duopoly of WTEV (CBS) and WAWS (Fox) News as news director.

Longo’s TV journalism career has included stints as news director at WESH-TV in Orlando and also in Pittsburgh; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Binghamton, N.Y.

He began his career as a radio reporter and eventually worked as a reporter and anchor in both radio and TV before turning to management….Cont….


01 2014

Julie Watkins to leave WTEV/WAWS in 2014…

(from/by -  I’m (Julie Watkins) leaving local news…again. Yes, I did this once before in 2007 when I worked in Orlando. I left the biz for about a year to start my nonprofit – The Girls Gone Green. I returned to TV late in 2008, but I was still hesitant about getting back into the business so I tip-toed in as a freelancer at WTEV/WAWS in Jacksonville, Florida…..

….I will be leaving the station at the end of March so I’ll be ready to devote all of my time, attention, energy and love to several new projects all which will unfold in 2014. I’m feeling confident and ready to take everything I’ve learned up until now and put it into motion. My main project starting next year is to work on a documentary. Luckily for me my awesome film professor, Marc Boese will be lending his professional hand and sharing his expertise in this growing partnership….Cont….

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12 2013

Mike McCormick out as N/D at WTEV/WAWS…

(edited from – News director Mike McCormick is out at after five years at Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”….Cont….


12 2013

Dan Hicken is back on TV in JAX…

(from - Six months after he last appeared on television, longtime sports anchor Dan Hicken will be back on the air Sunday for Action Sports 360.

Hicken worked at First Coast News for 27 years, most recently as the sports director.

On May 31, his contract expired, and he signed on at CBS47/FOX30’s Action Sports 360 program.

His six-month non-compete clause dies Sunday, and he will join the live broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on FOX30 and at 11:20 p.m. on CBS47.

“They definitely made me a better offer,” he said Friday about his new employer….Cont….


12 2013

Arielle Nixon to Wx at WTEV/WAWS…

Arielle Nixon has been named as a new meteorologist at Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS.

She comes from WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA, where she started working in 2012.

She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and interned at Atlanta’s WSB-TV & WAGA-TV while there.

***On a personal note – Ms. Nixon recently treated my 82 year old grandfather to a live weathercast at the Des Moines Science Center, while he was on a trip to visit friends in Iowa. How do I know? He took pictures of Ms. Nixon at the green screen under a gigantic WHO-TV 13 logo. Again…..just a personal note.


10 2013

Cox invests at WTEV/WAWS for a new newsroom…

(from – Action News is renovating the newsroom in its EastPark studios to upgrade and coordinate its news dissemination through traditional and web channels, social media and mobile apps.

Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of WAWS TV-30 and WTEV TV-47, said changes in the news industry necessitate the newsroom updates for efficiencies.

Crabtree Construction Co. is the contractor for a project shown on the building permit as $291,185. The operations are in leased space at 11700 Central Parkway.

The studio remains in place and newscasts are not interrupted….Cont….


07 2013

Sports shake-up in Jacksonville…

As Florida News Center had reported last night, WTLV/WJXX sports director Dan Hicken (right #1) is leaving the Jacksonville duopoly after twenty seven years with the station. Rumor had it that Hicken was headed to duopoly WTEV/WAWS to join their sports department. That move opened the door for questions of what was happening to the sports department over at WTEV/WAWS.

Now, multiple sources tell Florida News Center that WTEV/WAWS and sports director Steve Wrigley (right#2) have parted ways. Sports anchor/reporter Brent Martineau (right #3) will take over as sports director at the station. So far there is no word on why Wrigley is departing the duopoly.

Sources also confirm that Dan Hicken will in-fact be joining the sports department at WTEV/WAWS to fill the number 2 position, left open by Martineau.

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further developments.    //hattip to Anonymous


05 2013

Dan Hicken to depart WTLV/WJXX…

WTLV/WJXX announced today via Twitter that Sports Director Dan Hicken is leaving the Jacksonville duopoly. Hicken had been with WTLV (later WTLV/WJXX) for twenty seven years prior to this announcement.

So far no official word has been released on why Hicken is leaving the station. However, Sam Kouvaris, the sports director across the street at WJXT tweeted today that Hicken was headed to the “Cox TV stations here in town.” Of course by that Kouvaris means the duopoly of WTEV/WAWS, which was scooped up by Cox in Dec 2012.

So if Sam Kouvaris is correct, does this mean that Dan Hicken might bump current WTEV/WAWS sports director Steve Wrigley for the top spot in sports or will he be replacing one of the other three faces at “Action Sports?” Stay tuned to for the latest.

//hattip to Anonymous


05 2013