Posts Tagged ‘wftv’

Mark Joyella admits to mental illness…

(from – Sunday was reporter-anchor Mark Joyella’s final day at WFTV-Channel 9.

He is now opening up about his life, writing: “I’ve kept it to myself for years, but now I believe the only way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to talk about my own.”

Writing in “Journalism, Deliberated,” Joyella offers specifics: “Officially, my diagnosis is obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. It’s a hell of an illness that, for me, has nothing to do with compulsively washing my hands, avoiding cracks on the sidewalk or reciting numbers. Nope, all I’ve got is a brain that offers up thoughts that are annoying, disgusting, or frightening.”

Via his blog, Joyella last month cited personal reasons for quitting his WFTV job and wanting to return to New York. He had worked as a weekend morning anchor, and he was a great general assignment reporter.


03 2014

FDLE cites errors in WFTV reporting…

(from – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday took the unusual step of putting out a release describing “multiple errors” in a WFTV-Channel 9 report that aired a day earlier.

Mario Boone was the reporter on the story, which FDLE said was titled “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.”

WFTV news director Matt Parcell said he had no response to the release.

But the report had been removed from the WFTV website Thursday night.

FDLE took issue with five points in the report. Here’s the release, which was detailed and devastating….Cont….


03 2014

Sochi bumps up WESH in Feb books….

(from - The Winter Olympics were very, very good to NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2.

WESH dominated prime time, easily won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

This February was atypical because of the Super Bowl, which aired on Fox, and the Sochi Games. In prime time, WESH averaged 210,500 total viewers to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35′s 162,000. Both stations were well ahead of CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 98,000 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 with 75,600.

Prime time proved a major boost to the WESH late news, which often started at 11:30. These news ratings, unless otherwise noted, are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

In late news for the age group, WESH averaged 47,300 viewers to WFTV’s 30,000 and WKMG’s 22,400. WOFL drew 19,500 in the time slot Monday-Friday….Cont….


02 2014

WKMG & WFTV reporters to get hitched…

(from - Working for competing TV stations has not damped the ardor of reporters Anthony DiLorenzo of WFTV-Channel 9 and Kala Rama of WKMG-Channel 6.

They will wed April 26 in Newport, R.I., and honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

“My parents are from Sri Lanka, and I’m excited to show Anthony where they came from, and then it’s off to paradise in the Maldives,” Rama said Wednesday.

“We’re both from Connecticut, and Newport is a city on the ocean we have been visiting our whole lives,” DiLorenzo said. “We are fortunate enough to be getting married on the historic Cliff Walk at the Rosecliff.”

He started at WFTV in January 2013 to be near Rama, who is also a weekend anchor. Things have gone swimmingly….Cont….


02 2014

Mark Joyella to leave WFTV…

(edited from - Reporter Mark Joyella has announced his resignation from WFTV-Channel 9. His final day will be March 23.

Via his blog, Joyella revealed his personal reasons for wanting to return to New York.

“Leaving New York, where our entire extended family lives, was far harder than expected,” he writes. “The old cliche is that living in Florida means you’ll see a lot of your relatives. Turns out, we didn’t. It’s a short flight, but it’s still a flight — and when somebody back home falls ill, or has a birthday party, we can’t be there the way we’d like.

“The homesickness — and for me, with my Mom now living alone in Maine and recovering from cancer — the guilt, became overwhelming.”….Cont….


02 2014

Brett Connolly joins WESH…

(from – Martha Sugalski and Tony Mainolfi will gain a new co-anchor on WESH-Channel 2′s 5 p.m. newscast starting Feb. 17.

Brett Connolly has joined Orlando’s NBC affiliate from WFXT, the Fox-owned station in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.

Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4, 6 and 11 p.m.

“Given our commitment to news, we’re adding to the team,” WESH General Manager Jim Carter said. “We wanted to let Jim cover more news in the field.”

Connolly will be reporting in addition to anchoring at 5 p.m., and the station brought him on air last week….Cont….


02 2014

Smelling a suit, WFTV appologizes profusely…

(from – WFTV-TV viewers have watched anchors Vanessa Welch, Martie Salt and Vanessa Echols read the same lengthy correction in that past two days.

The correction was read nine times in all, WFTV news director Matt Parcell said Thursday.

The multi-part correction updated reporting done in 2012 and May last year. Why a correction now? Was the station facing a threat of legal action?

“The errors were brought to our attention, and we corrected them as soon as we possibly could,” Parcell said.

Parcell said it was a coincidence that the flawed reports all focused on one person: former Orlando police officer Timothy Davis Sr., who was acquitted in February of murder in the fatal shooting of his son….Cont….


01 2014

WFTV/WRDQ do the anchor shuffle…

(from – In major anchor changes, WFTV will pair Jorge Estevez (right #1) and Nancy Alvarez (right #2)and bring back market veteran Ken Tyndall, the station announced Friday.

Estevez and Alvarez will be teamed at 6 and 11 p.m. Sundays on WFTV. They also will anchor at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. (Martie Salt and Greg Warmoth will anchor at 10 p.m. Fridays on WRDQ.)

Tyndall will anchor on Saturdays, doing the 6 and 11 p.m. telecasts on WFTV and the 10 p.m. newscast on WRDQ.

The changes will happen in early February, news director Matt Parcell said….Cont….


01 2014

Comings and goings at WFTV…

(from – WFTV-TV Anchor/reporter Bianca Castro (right) has resigned, but has not said where she is going. “We’re sad to see her go,” Parcell said. “She’s a great person to have in the newsroom. We’re happy for her. We haven’t set her end date.”

She joined WFTV in October 2010.

Meteorologist Marina Jurica (left) will join WFTV on Jan. 20. She has worked at Fox-owned KMSP in Minneapolis.

“She’s fluent in Serbo-Croatian and sings opera,” Parcell said. “She’s a fascinating person.”

Her husband will be an Imagineer at Disney. Jurica’s interests include photography, ballroom dancing, whitewater rafting and singing the national anthem at ballgames. ….Cont….


01 2014

Kassandra Crimi to leave WFTV for love…

(edited from - Kassandra Crimi, meteorologist for Orlando’s WFTV, is no longer with the station.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We’re sorry to see her go but true love won out!  She’s joining her fiancé in New Mexico as they finalize wedding plans.”

Crimi joined WFTV in 2008….Cont….


01 2014