Posts Tagged ‘wfts’

Tampa stations honored with duPont-Columbia Awards…

(edited from - Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four for investigative reporting by local stations–and two were in the same market, Tampa-St. Petersburg.

ABC affiliate WFTS was honored for “Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program”, an investigation that exposed “rampant abuse and fraud” by court appointed guardians. The investigation resulted in a new guardianship reform bill.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP received a duPont for “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight”, an investigation that exposed how local governments “abused technology to cheat drivers.”….Continue for full story….


12 2014

The FCC approves Scripps-Journal merger…

On Friday the FCC approved the applications of Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Co., authoring a merger of the two media companies.


The merger deal will move all of Journal’s television and radio station licenses over to Scripps, giving Scripps control over all of the broadcast properties. In Florida, Scripps stations WFTS in Tampa and WPTV in West Palm Beach will gain another sister station, Journal’s WFTX in Fort Myers. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2014

More morning news on WFTS…

(from WFTS Press Release) – On Monday, January 12th, ABC Action News/WFTS-TV will expand its popular morning newscast. The addition of ABC Action News at 4:30am and ABC Action News at 9:00am will create a morning block of local news, weather and traffic, plus national news like nothing else in the Tampa Bay area. ABC Action news is devoting more resources and journalists to cover the morning hours to help viewers prepare their families for the day ahead.

 The new morning lineup will be:

4:30am-7:00am ABC Action News

7:00am-9:00am Good Morning America & ABC Action News

 9:00am-10:00am ABC Action News



12 2014

Wayne Shattuck to leave WFTS…

Sources tell Florida News Center that weekend and morning meteorologist Wayne Shattuck is leaving Tampa’s WFTS.

The official word is that Shattuck is retiring at the end of the year from the station. However, sources tell Florida News Center that the “retirement” is not voluntary and that Shattuck is being forced out.

So far there is no word on who will take over Shattuck’s position. However, a meteorologist position has been posted online at WFTS. Read the rest of this entry →


12 2014

WFTS boots News Director and Assistant N/D….

(from – News Director Bill McFarland has been fired at ABC Action News in Tampa, according to a source inside the TV station who requested anonymity. Assistant News Director Michele Murray also was let go.

An internal email to staffers from WFTS-TV General Manager Nick Nicholson said that McFarland and Murray “were no longer with the television station. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

He later followed up with an email announcing a staff meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday “to discuss moving forward.”….Cont….


Sources at WFTS and in the Scripps family of stations tell Florida News Center that the firings come after a long list of complaints from WFTS staff, to Scripps corporate against the former N/D, the A. N/D. and former station General Manager Rich Pegram.

As Florida News Center reported, GM Rich Pegram was let go from the station back in August, now just 2 months later the N/D and A. N/D are gone. WFTS insiders tell us that  Scripps corporate has been (“shockingly”) been listening to their complaints.


10 2014