Posts Tagged ‘WCTV’

The sharks are circling WCTV…

Florida News Center has learned that Tallahassee’s WCTV is being sued by the owner of a now defunct children’s fun center (Ollie Wallie’s). The owner claims that WCTV, its station manager and reporters Candyce Sweat and Jerry Askin defamed the station by spreading incorrect information about his business.

The suit states that a parent of  child at the fun center claimed that a fun center staff member inappropriately touched their child. The day after the report was filed with Tallahassee Police, WCTV reporter Candyce Sweat told people outside of the center that a child had been sexually assaulted there and asked the people what they thought. Sweat’s story ran that night on WCTV with reports titled, “Play time turns into crime time” and “Assault at Ollie Wallie’s.”

Later that week, the suit claims that, WCTV reporter Jerry Askin returned to the fun center and continued to approach people in the parking lot, looking for reactions to the “sexual assault.” WCTV reported multiple times on air, on Facebook and on Twitter, than an assault had occurred at the fun center.

However, the Tallahassee Police Department investigation states that no crime or sexual assault occurred at the fun center and no charges were filed. Read the rest of this entry →


10 2011

Gray says it will be up in 2Q…

(from – Gray Television Inc (owners of Tallahassee’s WCTV and Panama City’s WJHG). today announced preliminary results for the three-month period ended June 30 that exceeded the company’s estimates made in May. It will release its actual numbers on Aug. 8.

On a preliminary basis, total revenue is expected to increase $600,000, or 1%, to $76.2 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the second quarter of 2010 due primarily to increased local and Internet advertising and retransmission consent revenue, partially offset by decreased national and political advertising revenue….Cont….


08 2011

Don’t ask for a raise, Gray dips in 1Q…

(from – Gray Television Inc. today announced results from operations for the three month period ended March 31, reporting that revenue decreased 1% from the year-earlier quarter to $69.7 million from $70.5 million.

The company said that the decrease was primarily due to decreased national and political advertising revenue, partially offset by increased local and internet advertising revenue and retransmission consent revenue. Political advertising revenue decreased due to decreased advertising from political candidates and special interest groups in the “off year” of the two year election cycle.

Net advertising revenue associated with the broadcast of the 2011 Super Bowl on its one primary Fox-affiliated channel and four secondary Fox channels approximated $200,000, which was a decrease from its approximated $900,000 earned in 2010 in connection with the broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl on its 17 CBS affiliates….Cont….

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05 2011

Without newscast, WCTV posts videos on Facebook…

(from – Last night, technical difficulties prevented Tallahassee TV station WCTV from airing its 11 p.m. newscast. The newsroom kept the updates flowing on, Facebook and Twitter, and it also posted a few videos of anchor Lee Gordon reading stories from the newscast. The videos — which appeared to be shot from a phone — appeared on the stations’ site and its Facebook page….Cont….




04 2011

Ask for a raise, Gray up 48% in 4Q…

(from – Gray Television Inc. today announced that financial results for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2010, included revenue of $114.6 million, a 48% increase from $77.5 million in the same period of 2009, reflecting increases in political, local, and Internet advertising revenue, retransmission consent revenue and consulting revenue while national advertising revenue and production and other revenue decreased.

Local and Internet advertising revenue increased due to increased spending by advertisers in an improving economic environment.

National advertising revenue decreased due to large purchases of advertising time by political advertisers, which reduced advertising time available for other customers. Political advertising revenue increased due to increased advertising from political candidates and special interest groups in advance of elections in November 2010. Retransmission revenue increased due to the improved terms of Gray’s retransmission contracts compared to those in effect during the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2009….Cont….


03 2011

Behind the scenes at WCTV…

(from -”There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that you could almost write a book about everything we do and the folks don’t see at home,” said WCTV anchor Lee Gordon.

There’s never a dull moment here at WCTV. Phones ring off the hook,
reporters race to meet tight deadlines, and anchors deliver the day’s top headlines in a live television broadcast….Cont….

Check out this “behind the scenes” video from Tallahassee’s WCTV-TV CBS 6



02 2011

News Director named at WCTV…

Our friends at report that Tallahassee’s WCTV has named Executive Producer Triston Sanders as their new News Director. She has been executive producer for the past two years at WCTV. She replaces Mike Smith, who left WCTV after 2o years to take over as General Manager at Dothan, AL sister station WTVY. Stay tuned for further updates.


07 2010

The Tallahassee shuffle…

Sources in Tallahassee tell Florida News Center of the latest comings, goings and changes in local TV.

WCTV morning anchor Shonda Knight leaves her duties on the “Good Morning Show.” She leaves the moring time slot to become a Executive Producer in the newsroom. She will continue to anchor the noon show.

WTXL morning anchor Lenita Wesson has signed off from her duties on “Sunrise.” She is leaving the station to focus on being a full time mother. She gave birth to her first child this past January. Abbey Phillips moves from her weekend anchoring duties to take over Wesson’s seat on “Sunrise.”

Mike Highsmith joins WTXL as the new weekend anchor/reporter. She comes from Toldeo, OH’s WTOL-TV. She fills the vacantcy left open by Marco Villarreal, who left for Las Vegas earlier this year.

Greg Angel joins WTXL as a reporter. He comes from duopoly WPBN/WTOM in Traverse City, MI.


07 2010

WCTV N/D promoted to sister station…

Our friends at report that WCTV news director Mike Smith has been promoted to general manager at Gray Televison sister station, WTVY (Dothan, AL). Smith has been with the Tallahassee station for the past twenty years. So far there’s no word on who will replace Smith as News Director at WCTV. Stay tuned…


06 2010

Ex-meteorologist/producer arrested…

(edited from - A former WCTV meteorologist and current WFOR weather producer was charged Wednesday with several prescription drug charges, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Koolick, 25, of the 3100 block of Southwest Sunset Trace Circle, Palm City, was charged with four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, trafficking hydrocodone and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. He was being held at the Martin County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail….Cont….

Click here for the arrest report (half way down page)


03 2010