Posts Tagged ‘wfts’

WFTS boots News Director and Assistant N/D….

(from BizJournals.com) – 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….

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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.

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10 2014

WFTS reporter finds missing boy…

(from WFTS.com) – In a happy turn of events, a 10-year-old boy missing since 4:00 p.m. Thursday was found Friday morning by ABC Action News reporter Cameron Polom.

Paul Ezekiel Fagan was last seen around 4:00 p.m. Thursday in his yard on Sharon Drive where he lives with his grandmother. After an unsuccessful search, Fagan’s grandmother called the sheriff’s office around 8:00 p.m.

Paul’s grandmother has custody from his biological mother.

ABC Action News reporter Cameron Polom, who was covering the story early Friday morning, was walking through the neighborhood when he spotted the missing Kimball Elementary School student standing alone by a fence….Cont….

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09 2014

Nick Nicholson named as VP/GM at WFTS…

(edited from TVSpy.com) – Nick Nicholson is joining Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS as vice president and general manager.

Nicholson comes from KTVK/KASW in Phoenix, where he was President and GM. He has also held leadership positions in Norfolk, Tuscon, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Nicholson replaces Rich Pegram who was shown the door last month after 7 years as WFTS GM. Nicholson’s first day in Tampa is Monday.

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09 2014

“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 slot 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