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WFTS unveils a new set…

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

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11 2015

WFTS and John Thomas part ways…

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 – 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 →


10 2015

Changes are coming to WFTS…

Viewers watching WFTS may have noticed something a little off with the picture at the Tampa station. For the past week, all backgrounds on screen at the station have been a projection on a chroma key wall (main and weather), with the desk pushed back into the newsroom. Notice the C/K clip lines on the the dark suit jackets below.

Sources tell Florida News Center that the station’s massive former set (below) was so large and intricate that it has taken nearly a week to disassemble and clear out the main studio floor to make way for the new set construction. Read the rest of this entry →

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10 2015

Ivan Cabrera to WFTS Wx…

In a press release, WFTS announced today that the Tampa station has hired Ivan Cabrera to join their weather team.

Cabrera will be the primary meteorologist for The Now Tampa Bay, weekdays at 4pm, and will work with Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips during ABC Action News evening newscasts 5-6:30pm.

Prior to joining WFTS, Cabrera worked at CNN World Headquarters. His forecasts were seen on CNN International, CNN, and HLN.  Before joining CNN in November 2009, he served as meteorologist at Orlando’s WESH. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015

Alan Cohn to, more news on, WWSB…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Sarasota’s WWSB has hired Alan Cohn to anchor and serve as managing editor of a new weekday 7 p.m. newscast. Cohn and the new newscast will debut on Monday Sept 14th.

Viewers in the Tampa market, might have previously known Cohn as an investigative reporter at WFTS. He joined WFTS in 2009 and then parted ways with the station in 2012. In 2013, Cohn announced that he was running as a Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2015