Check out this video below c/o of WFTS’ Brendan McLaughlin. He posted the video, which was made in-house for the, then departing anchor Martie Tucker (back to Martie Salt at Orlando’s WFTV). McLaughlin is leaving WFTS himself this week. Enjoy the show…
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After 21 years at Tampa’s WFTS, veteran lead anchor Brendan McLaughlin is leaving the station. McLaughlin, who was one of the original anchors who started the news department at WFTS in Dec 1994, will sign off on Dec 18th.
He stated via Press Release: “Having reported on the people and events of my adopted home town for the last 21 years, I’m forever bonded to this special place and to you, my viewers and friends.
Broadcast journalism can be an all-consuming career. That’s why, after nearly three decades in the business, I’ve decided to take a sabbatical- time to read, travel and explore all the things there was never time for. Afterwards, I plan to get back to work pursuing other projects important to me right here in the Tampa Bay Area.”
Tampa’s WTVT has named Linda Hurtado co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and anchor of the noon newscasts. She fills the void left by Denise White, who recently retired from the station the day before Thanksgiving.
Hurtado comes to WTVT from up the road at ABC affiliate WFTS. As Florida News Center reported, Hurtado left WFTS in May of this year to “spend more time with her family” and work on her career as an author. Looking back, it looks like that family time might have been used to sit out a non-compete clause.
Prior to her 25 year stint at WFTS, she worked at Wilmington, NC, Fort Myers and Orlando.
Tampa’s WFTS unveiled their new set today on the 4 p.m. newscast. The new set, created and built by Devlin Design Group encompasses nearly the entire main studio space. The anchors, who remain standing during newscasts, shift between the main anchor desk and three distinct stand-up story areas. The main video wall behind the anchors generally serves as a background for the main desk, which is changed during the time of the day (example in screen caps below – day, dusk, dark).
Logo, music, slogans and graphics all remain the same.
Check out the screen captures below
Sources tell Florida News Center that anchor/reporter John Thomas and WFTS have indeed parted ways – he is no longer with the station. When contacted, station officials “could not comment on personnel issues.” Stay tuned for any updates…
(edited from TampaBay.com) – WFTS weekend anchor John Thomas has been off the air at the Tampa station. It’s unclear at this time if Thomas is no longer with the station or if his absence is temporary.
Thomas, who has worked for WFTS since 1999, deleted all of his social media accounts linked to WFTS and his profile was also wiped from the station’s website. Read the rest of this entry →