Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

#EquipmentMeltdown at WFLA…

While we were enjoying the beautiful fall colors in North Carolina this past week, the folks at WFLA were having a terrible day.

A computer board failure at the Tampa station led to a disaster of the Monday 5pm newscast. The station lost graphics and audio communication between anchor Stacie Schaible and the control room. Schiable dubbed the event on Twitter as #equipmentmeltdown.

Florida News Center readers tell us that Schaible anchored the newscast from an office chair inside of the newsroom, reading prompter roll for nearly 15 minutes straight. Chief meteorologist Steve Jerve followed Schiable with an extended weather forecast. The 5:30pm newscast was replaced with a hurricane special.

WFLA news director Bill Berra told TVSpy.com that “it took engineers a while to root out the cause of the failure and that Stacie (Schaible) did a very good tap dance under the circumstances.”

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10 2014

WFLA reporter gets some national attention…

(from TVSpy.com) – CNN anchor Anderson Cooper added a local news reporter to his “Ridiculist” last night. Anthony Allred, from Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, didn’t catch Cooper’s attention for something shameful or embarrassing, he was noticed for his ability to let the ghosts and goblins at a local haunted house know that they just don’t compare to the amount of work waiting for him when he gets back to the station….Cont….

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10 2014

Eric Land is out as GM at WTLV/WJXX…

FTVLive.com is reporting that WTLV/WJXX VP/General Manager Eric Land is out at the Jacksonville duopoly.

The announcement came quietly via an internal memo from Gannett corporate (the owners of WTLV/WJXX):

Today Eric resigned as President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX.   We wish Eric the best and thank him for his two years with our company.

Land joined WTLV/WJXX in August of 2014, after a stint as COO with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that Land served as GM at WFLA in Tampa.

So far there is no word on who will take Land’s position. Stay tuned.

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08 2014

Media General, LIN, Hearst, Sinclair, Meredith bounce around stations…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Media General Inc. and LIN Media today agreed to sell or swap television stations in five markets to comply with FCC ownership rules affecting the merger they announced on March 21. Media General also announced today that in light of the loss of CBS affiliation of LIN’s WISH Indianapolis, it was lowering the per-share price of the deal from $27.82 to $25.97.

Regulatory authorities are requiring the divestiture of stations in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.; and Savannah, Ga. The companies said they believe that no other market divestitures will be required….Cont…

According to TVNewsCheck.com, in Florida the changes go as follows…

Media General will acquire WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Of course Media General already owns WFLA-TV in that Tampa, it’s second largest. We here at Florida News Center predict that WTTA will move to WFLA’s downtown Tampa studios and once again share newscasts.

Meredith Corp will take WALA-TV away from LIN TV, in the Mobile-Pensacola market for a mere $86 million.

 

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08 2014

Andy Alford named VP/GM at WFLA…

(pic/from TVSpy.com) – Media General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,” Alford said in a statement.

Alford, who starts at WFLA on August 1, comes to the station from WTEN in Albany where he was named GM in 2010 by Young Broadcasting. He will continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General….Cont….

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07 2014