Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

Eric Land is out as GM at WTLV/WJXX… 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.


08 2014

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

(from – 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, 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.



08 2014

Andy Alford named VP/GM at WFLA…

(pic/from – 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….


07 2014

Melanie Michael joins WFLA…

Melanie Michael has joined the staff at WFLA-TV. The announcement was made earlier this week, via internal memo at the station. She will report for the 5pm and 6pm newscasts and serve as anchor for the Saturday morning newscast.

Michael comes to WFLA from across the Bay at WTSP, where she served as anchor and reporter since 2008. She left WTSP in January 2014, and has been on the beach until now ( we are guessing sitting out a 6 month non-compete clause…?).

Michael makes her debut on WFLA on Monday June 30th.


06 2014

Gayle Sierens to retire from WFLA in 2015…

(from Sierens, veteran anchor for WFLA-TV/NewsChannel 8, announced her plans to retire in May 2015 after 38 years with the station. Her last day anchoring the 11 p.m. news will be at the end of this year and her last day of anchoring the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. news will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

“I am so grateful to live out my career in the town where I grew up. Who gets to do that?” says Sierens. “I am truly excited for this next phase of my life. I have worked the night shift for more than three decades. I’m eager to go to bed at a normal time, and have time to travel with my husband and children. I’m even hoping to improve on my golf game, and looking forward to more time to volunteer in our community.”

When she joined WFLA-TV/News Channel 8 in 1977, Sierens was a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11 p.m. weekday sports anchor in 1983. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor. On Dec. 27, 1987, she made television sports history. Calling the Chiefs-Seahawks action in Kansas City, Sierens became the first woman to do play-by-play for a National Football League game…..Cont….


06 2014