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#FanGate gives WFOR some national exposure…

When Miami’s WFOR agreed to produce the first debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, they never had any idea that biggest fight would be over a small fan.

The Crist campaign had placed a small electric fan under his podium, something that Governor Scott did not like. Scott refused to come on stage and delayed the debate.

The rules of the debate stated that no electronic devices would be used. However, the Crist campaign had asked prior to the debate for the use of the fan to keep cool and had gotten approval in writing. Co-moderator Rosemary Goudreau questioned if the fan violated the rules of the debated, causing Crist to reply “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of our state? I mean, really!?”

“I’m thinking, where do we go from here? Do we tap dance? But, I thought it was extremely uncomfortable. We lost 7 minutes that I thought we could have used.” This is what WFOR anchor Elliott Rodriguez said about the debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, that he moderated.

Scott did finally come out and participated in the debate.


10 2014

Ad spending is down in Miami/FTL…

(from – Political spending is still expected to ramp up in Miami, but so far this year it has come in lower than originally expected, leading to an overall decrease in TV spending.

Spending in the Miami TV market is down 5 to 7 percent versus the same point last year because of lower-than-expected political spending and non-political advertisers holding back to avoid being caught up in political ad clutter.

“Political spending was expected to be huge but that has yet to materialize, although polls suggest the governor’s race is close,” says Linda Southern, director of local media buying at Lowe Campbell Ewald….Cont….


09 2014

WJAX & WFOX go on the air…

The call letter change is official. WTEV-TV (DT) is now WJAX-TV (DT) and WAWS-TV (DT) is now WFOX-TV (DT). The changes were official this past Sunday. Check out the new changes via the YouTube videos below.

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09 2014

WLTV gets a bird…well, sort of…

UPDATE: 07/23/2014 – Our friends at now report that WLTV’s new “Vision 23″ is in fact, only a vision. The helicopter shown in the promo shot (right) is real, but only serves as a back-up for the other two news helicopter’s in the market (WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s shared “Sky 10.” The decked out bird shown in the promos is the former helicopter from WTSP, but does not exist in its “Vision 23″ form shown (right)

WLTV does have access to a helicopter now, but only because the station has joined the sharing agreement between WPLG, WFOR and WTVJ, with WPLG’s Sky 10. Now four TV stations in one market are sharing the same helicopter, leaving only WSVN as the only station in the Miami market to operate its own helicopter.


Our friends at report that Miami Univision affiliate WLTV now has its own news helicopter. The station began running promos several weeks ago, bragging the station’s new toy, dubbed “Vision 23.”

This new bird makes only it only the third TV news helicopter to be used in Miami. WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s “Sky 10,” which is shared with comptetitor’s WFOR and WTVJ. also reports that the new WLTV helicopter was formerly WTSP’s “Sky 10″ (left). The helicopter could formerly be seen flying over the skies in the Tampa market, until WTSP joined a helicopter sharing agreement with fellow stations WTVT and WFTS. in 2009.


07 2014

Over time trouble at WFOR…

(from – A spat over comp time and long hours has erupted in the newsroom of WFOR-CBS4 after veteran reporter Gary Nelson called out News Director Liz Roldan publicly, Gossip Extra has learned.

According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days.

Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.

So he emailed Roldan Friday to ask her to spell out comp time policy at the CBS-owned and operated station. He noted that never in his two decades at CBS did comp time expire before employees could use it….Cont….


07 2014