Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

WFLA does the anchor shuffle…

WFLA has announced that Eugene “Gene” Ramirez (right #1) will be the new weekday morning co-anchor at the Tampa station. He will co-anchor the newscasts from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with co-anchor Gayle Guyardo. He officially starts at the station January 26th.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Ramirez will be filling the chair that is currently occupied by Rod Carter (right #2) . Carter will be moving to the weekend shift, to anchor the evening/night newscasts. Current weekend anchor Josh Thomas (right #3) is moving to the weekday shift and will serve as general assignment reporter. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2015

UPDATE: FCC approves Media General-LIN merger…

UPDATE – 12/22/14 – Media General announced today that it’s merger (or “business combination” as they called it) with LIN Media has now closed. The two companies are now one, as described in our story below.


12/14/2014 – Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

On Friday the FCC approved the merger applications of Medial General Inc. and LIN Media LLC. The merger should be completed by the end of next week.

The deal, announced in March, creates one of the nation’s largest broadcast television station companies in, which will own and operate or service 71 television stations in 48 U.S. markets. The new mammouth Media General will reach an estimated 23 percent, of U.S. television households.

In Florida that means that changes are coming and new duopolies will be created.


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12 2014

Jennifer Leigh takes over the 11 p.m. at WFLA…

(edited from – News anchor Jennifer Leigh (right #1) will take over the 11 p.m. broadcast at WFLA-Ch. 8 for veteran Gayle Sierens (right #2) beginning Jan. 1, the television station announced Thursday.

Sierens, with the station since 1977, said in June she would step down as anchor of the 11 p.m. show at year’s end and retire from the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts in May 2015. However, Leigh unofficially took over as anchor of the 11 p.m. broadcast Thursday because Sierens is on vacation through the rest of the year. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2014

Mark Douglas story makes NBC’s “Nightly News”…

WFLA reporter Mark Douglas received some national air time on the Wednesday night edition of NBC’s “Nightly News.” His story (seen here) about an airbag recall on his 2003 Honda Accord (from the “hot and humid” Tampa area) can be seen in the video below.


10 2014

#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 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.”


10 2014