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More WFLA news on WTTA…

In a press release to Florida News Center, Tampa’s WFLA announced that it will expand it’s morning news programmin0g offerings.

The new extended version of News Channel 8 today will now air from 7am to 9am on sister station WTTA.

Currently, WFLA broadcasts AM news from 4:30-7am, with occasional local cut-ins during NBC’s national morning show, Today. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2017

Nexstar Closes on Media General purchase, what’s next?

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – From this day forward, Nexstar Broadcasting Group will be known as Nexstar Media Group.

The name change coincides with Nexstar closing on its acquisition of Media General for $4.6 billion in cash and stock just six days after winning FCC approval.

 The deal swells Nexstar’s portfolio to 171 full-power stations,  in 100 markers covering nearly 39% of TV homes. The new stations include 15 in the top 50 markets.

Florida stations involved in the deal include WFLA/WTTA – Tampa, WMBB – Panama City and WKRG/WFNA – Mobile/Pensacola. Jacksonville’s WCWJ was divested and sold to Graham Media Group, earlier in the year to ensure that the merger deal went through. Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2017

Eugene Ramirez to depart WFLA, join WFOR…

After just two years in Tampa, WFLA morning anchor Eugene Ramirez is leaving the station.

He is headed back down to his native Miami, as the new morning co-anchor at WFOR. His first day at that station will be on Monday, January 23.

He joined WFLA in January of 2015, coming from WSVN in Miami. Prior to that he worked at WSFL – Miami, News 13 – Orlando and CNN.

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01 2017

Brendan McLaughlin joins WFLA…

Florida News Center readers noticed a familiar face on WFLA today. Tampa TV veteran Brendan McLaughlin joined the station today as a “political observer.” He was seen commenting on his recent road trip across America, and about the election on the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

WFLA lead anchor Keith Cate mentioned on air that McLaughlin would be at the station today and tomorrow (11/7-11/8), election day. However, we suspect that he will stay on at the station for special projects.

McLaughlin was most recently lead anchor across town at WFTS. Read the rest of this entry →

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11 2016

WFLA personality takes a scary flight…

(edited from WFLA.com) – An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday. Passengers say it was due to a malfunction with landing gear.

WFLA Daytime host Jerry Penacoli was on board the plane. He says passengers were told to brace as if they would crash land. Flight attendants showed passengers how to properly brace for landing. As the flight came down, the flight attendants kept screaming “Brace! Brace! Brace!” and passengers were all screaming, Penacoli explained. Penacoli says he and those around him were saying their goodbyes to each other. And miraculously the pilot landed the plane safely. Read the rest of this entry →

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09 2016