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The best hair in TV news…

The website has released their 2014 list of male TV personalities with the best hair.

So where did dudes in FL TV rank?

#5 – Mike Marza – WSVN

#6 – Blaine Tolison – WFTV

#8 – Jamison Uhler – WFTS

#25 – Alex DiPrato – WSVN


04 2014

Rob Munoz to leave WFTS….

After just one year in Tampa, WFTS-TV reporter Rob Munoz is leaving Florida for the West coast. Munoz is headed to KIRO-TV in Seattle.

He writes this morning on his Twitter page: My last morning at WFTS with these folks, been fun!! (referring to the morning crew of Dan Shaffer, Deiah Riley, Meredyth Censullo, Wayne Shattuck, and Laura Harris).

Munoz joined WFTS in Janurary of 2013 from KSNV-TV in Las Vegas.


02 2014

Bill Berra named as News Director at WFLA…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Bill Berra has been named as the new News Director for Tampa’s WFLA-TV. If that name sounds familiar to you, Berra served as News Director on the other side of town at WFTS.

Berra left WFTS in 2005 to join WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. He left the Wisconsin station in early February, with no word on where he was going; now we know.

Berra replaces Don North, who left the station back in November 2013. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further updates.


02 2014

November 2013 Sweeps – Tampa/St. Petersburg…

The November 2013 books for the Tampa/St. Petersburg market have been released. WFTS-TV narrowly beats WTVT-TV for first place in the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00pm news slots. The numbers below demonstrate a virtual tie between WFLA-TV and WTSP-TV for the same time slots. In the late 11:00pm news half hour, WFTS also takes first place with a 2.3 rating, followed by WTSP (1.4), WFLA (1.1), WTVT (1.1), and Bay News 9 (0.6).

A press release from WFTS boasts that the November 2013 results “mark over 20 months in a row” that WFTS has “won the 24-54 demography in the evening and late newscast” time slots. WFTS started an upward trend in these ratings time slots during 2011.

Ratings for morning and noon results were not available at the time of this publication. However, if trends have stayed the same expect for WTVT, WFLA, and Bay News 9 to lead these time slots, followed by WFTS and WTSP. Stay tuned for more results.

Nov. ‘13 (25-54 rating)




5-6:30pm Avg.





















Bay News 9






12 2013

Man arrested for threatening Tampa news crews…

(from – A man has been arrested after allegedly threatening reporters who were covering the shooting death of a 2-year-old in Lakeland on Tuesday, Polk County deputies said.

According to an affidavit, two reporters from Fox 13 News in Tampa arrived on a Lakeland neighborhood about 4:30 p.m. to report on the death of the boy when Mark Jerome Bonar, 48, 2525 Cetra Court, came out of his house and demanded the reporters leave. Bonar also demanded that the reporters not speak to his mother, who was standing near the street….Cont….

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11 2013

UPDATE: WTSP bails from Tampa LNS, staff shuffled…

UPDATE: 10/24/13 9:25am – In response to our inquiries, WTSP-TV VP/GM Elliott Wiser explains what is happening with the LNS and WTSP. The local news sharing agreement that WTSP, WFTS, and WTVT have participated in since 2009, “had expired back in 2012.” Since the expiration of the LNS, WTSP (WTVT/WFTS) has continued to participate in the sharing of video/resources, Ad hoc until this past month. Wiser explained that the current LNS situation was “just not working” for the station.

On the lay-off of WTSP staffers, Wiser explains that the LNS positions (of which the three photographers had been part of) are no longer needed. However, those positions are being “repurposed in the newsroom.” While technically those three photographers are currently without a position with the station, Wiser tells FNC that they were all offered “and encouraged” to apply for the new newsroom positions. As for Tallahassee bureau reporter Dave Heller, who is a freelancer, he will continue to be used as needed.

As for the helicopter, Wiser explains that WTSP will still be participating in the sharing of the WFTS operated, generic “NEWS” helicopter. This part of the LNS agreement is separate from the video/resource LNS mentioned above. Stay tuned for any further changes.


10/23/13 – 20:45 – Multiple sources tell Florida News Center that Tampa’s WTSP-TV is bailing from the local news sharing (LNS) agreement between the station, WTVT-TV and WFTS-TV. The order came from new VP/GM Elliott Wiser, who joined the station this past June from Bright House Networks/Bay News 9.

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10 2013

A gas leak gets WFTS some national exposure…

Check out the pic below from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (video below) as he shows WFTS traffic reporter Meredyth Censullo in a chroma key full screen traffic report gone wrong. Poor Meredyth was experiencing a gas leak at the time.

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09 2013

Former WFTS reporter to run for congress…

(from – Ask if he’s leaving journalism behind for good by running for political office and Alan Cohn equivocates, noting that some figures in cable news have moved from politics to punditry and back again.

But Cohn — a former investigative reporter at WFTS-Ch. 28 who has occasionally filed reports for ABC News as a freelancer — eventually admits that in choosing to run as a Democrat against U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross to represent Florida’s 15th Congressional district, he’s probably leaving some kinds of journalism behind.

“You can’t do what I’m doing and go back to covering a beat,” said Cohn, 50. “But I would like to do this more than any job I can think of.”….Cont….

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08 2013

WFTS/WTVT lead in May books…

(from – Looks like St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 won May’s competitive “sweeps” ratings period, according to a press release pronouncing it “Tampa Bay’s most-watched television station.”

But hold on. Across the pond, Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 claims to be “the dominant source overall in key adults” during early newscasts.

And Tampa ABC station affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 trumpets a “historic change in Tampa Bay area TV news,” noting it has beaten all other late night newscasts among the most sought after viewers for the third year in a row.

Welcome to the most popular sport after a “sweeps” ratings period; citing ratings data which makes your channel look good as possible….Cont….

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05 2013

WFTS live truck goes up in flames…

Check out this picture below, posted by WFTS’ Ashely Glass, as one of the station’s microwave/sate vans catches fire. According to Glass, the Dodge Sprinter ENG unit became engulfed in flames for no apparent reason. Photojournalist Tony Jacobson and reporter Ryan Raiche were able to get out in time and no one was hurt.


04 2013