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The Orlando Sentinel calls out WFTV…

Orlando Sentinel TV columnist/critic Hal Boedeker called out WFTV today, for not pointing out a conflict of interest on a report by the recently hired Judge Belvin Perry.

On a Monday afternoon newscast, Perry offered negative commentary on a commercial advertisement against Florida Amendment 2, which pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana.

However, Boedeker points out that WFTV failed to mention that Perry currently works for the Morgan and Morgan law firm, who’s lead partner John Morgan is the lead proponent and the public face of Amendment 2.

Boedeker states in his story that “WFTV needed to note that connection. Otherwise, that’s a smoke screen, too.”

Belvin Perry was hired a month ago by WFTV. Perry was formerly the Chief Judge for Orange & Osceola counties and is famous for his role as judge in the highly-televised Casey Anthony trial.


09 2014

WRDQ expands 10p.m. newscast to one hour….

(from – tarting this week, WFTV-Channel 9 has expanded its 10 p.m. news on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27 to one hour Monday through Friday.

“We’ve been on an upward trend with the 10 p.m.,” said Shawn Bartelt, general manager of WFTV and WRDQ.

In August ratings for 10 p.m., WRDQ and Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35 were locked in a tight ratings race for the 25-to-54 age group, which is most desired by news advertisers.

WOFL has been the longtime leader in the time slot. But the WRDQ news was reaching more households last month, a major shift in the market….Cont….


09 2014

Belvin Perry joins WFTV as an analyst…

(from – Belvin Perry is going to have a TV career after all.

The former Orange-Osceola chief judge has joined WFTV-Channel 9 as a legal analyst. Viewers could see him as soon as Thursday on WFTV’s newscasts.

A project to star Perry in a nationally syndicated court show went nowhere. But on WFTV, Perry will be paired with legal analyst Bill Sheaffer to discuss court  issues. Perry may weigh in on other issues as well.

“Belvin has a broad range of expertise,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said. “He can speak on social issues. He has a big-picture view.”

Parcell said WFTV will feature Perry on newscasts, “Central Florida Spotlight” and 9 Family Connection specials. Parcell sounded as if he’d use Perry frequently….Cont….


09 2014

WRDQ challenges WOFL at 10…

(from – In the August ratings, WFTV-Channel 9 put distance between itself and its rivals during the day and in early evening. WFTV may have benefited from the exit last month of WESH-Channel 2 anchor Martha Sugalski.

In late night, the ratings races were tighter, although WFTV continued to lead at 11.

The biggest change: The 10 p.m. time period has turned into a horse race between longtime leader WOFL-Channel 35 and the WFTV news on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2014

Berndt Petersen departs WFTV…

(from – If you’re missing WFTV-Channel 9 reporter Berndt Petersen, he has beamed up to the mother ship. That would WSB in Atlanta; both TV stations are owned by Cox Media Group.

Petersen logged 10 years at WFTV, an impressive run.

“He got an opportunity to move to a bigger market and headed up north,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said. “He left in early August.  Berndt is a great writer and storyteller, and we’re really happy we could keep him in the CMG family.”….Cont….


08 2014