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“The Now” filters down to WFTS…

Tampa’s WFTS has announced that it will begin airing a 4p.m. newscast. However, this is not just any newscast. This will be a local version of The Now, a program that premiered on Scrips sister stations KMGH-TV in Denver and KSHB-TV in Kansas City. The Now Tampa Bay will begin on September 8.

Scrips describes The Now, which originally premiered in July of this year, as a “fast-moving locally produced news program at 4 p.m.” that “covers news that is trending on social media and invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms.”

Since the debut of The Now in July, there had been talk that Scrips would take the show to all of its owned television stations. However, the move to WFTS in September comes just as that station loses syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show to market rival WFLA. This move left the 4pm time slow wide open.

The Now Tampa Bay will be hosted by Laura A. Harris (right), with cut-ins for weather and other information as needed by other WFTS personalities.

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08 2014

Rich Pegram out as GM at WFTS…

(from BizJournals.com)Richard “Rich” Pegram III, vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, left his post Wednesday after seven years on the job.

Pegram, 63, led WFTS Channel 28 as it surged in ratings in recent years. He joined WFTS after 26 years with top NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate WTVR in Richmond, Va.

WFTS Channel 28 is owned and operated by E. W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate …Cont…

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08 2014

Scripps and Journal shuffle operations….

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The new Scripps broadcast company will become the 11th largest TV station group (including Tampa’s WFTS, West Palm Beach’s WPTV, and Fort Myer’s WFTX), according to the TVNewsCheck/BIA/Kelsey ranking, which is based on TV revenue.It will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes. It will also operate 35 radio stations in eight markets, all former Journal properties.

         

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07 2014

WFTS to cut master control operations/staff…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Tampa’s WFTS-TV will be losing its local master control operations department. Master control operations are being moved to a Scripps (the owners of WFTS) corporate central operations hub, based in Minnesota.

Unfortunately, the switch to a hubbed master control system means that an estimated 5-10 people who work behind the scenes at WFTS are expected to lose their job over this summer. Sources tell us that those who will be losing their jobs are being offered a severance package, or the chance to reapply at the station for other jobs. However, there are no guarantees of re-hire.

The changes are expected to be fully implemented by August. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

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06 2014

Lindsay Logue to traffic at WFTS….

Lindsay Logue has been named as the new traffic reporter at Tampa’s WFTS. Logue officially signed on at the station today, taking over traffic duties and the Twitter feed @TampaBayTraffic.

Logue replaces Meredyth Censullo, who  left the station back in April. Censullo was the creator of the @TampaBayTraffic feed, which she grew to over 23,000 followers since 2009. Meteorologist Bill Logan has been managing the traffic desk while the station searched for Censullo’s replacement.

Logue joins WFTS from Fort Myer’s WBBH, departing that station just two weeks ago.

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06 2014