Posts Tagged ‘wftv’

Food critic joins WFTV….

(from – During his 20 year career as a restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel Scott Joseph always tried to keep his appearance under wraps. Now, he’s letting the whole world know what he looks like.

Hal Boedeker of the Sentinel reports that Joseph, 60, will soon be appearing on Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV in a segment called “The Daily Chew,” tentatively set to debut Thursdays at noon. The show centers around Joseph and a local chef who will demonstrate a signature recipe on a kitchen set.

Although Joseph does have some broadcasting experience under his belt, this is his first major foray into TV….Cont….


10 2014

Renee Stoll to depart WFTV…

(edited from – Prepare to say goodbye to reporter Renee Stoll, who is leaving WFTV-Channel 9 after three years.

Her last day will be Oct. 10. “I’m moving to Manhattan and working on freelance reporting opportunities up there,” said the native Long Islander.

Stoll joined WFTV from WINK in Fort Myers and also worked at WFTX in that market. Her station bio highlights that she spent half her life growing up in Southwest Florida and that she attended the University of South Florida in Tampa with a major in broadcast journalism….Cont….


10 2014

WFTV admits it was wrong….

(from - WFTV on Tuesday acknowledged that it erred in not mentioning that legal analyst Belvin Perry Jr. works for Morgan & Morgan. In a report Monday, Perry criticized the content of a commercial against Amendment 2. John Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan law firm is the chief proponent of Amendment 2, which pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

“The fact that he [Perry] works for Morgan & Morgan should have been disclosed, no question about that,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell told me. “It didn’t cross anyone’s mind. We looked at him as the judge.”

Perry is known widely as the former chief judge of Orange and Osceola counties. Parcell said his staffers didn’t remember that Perry works for Morgan & Morgan.

“We hired him for his brilliant legal mind,” Parcell said. “The Morgan connection is irrelevant to why I’d want him to be part of our team. But we have to remember it and acknowledge it.”….Cont….


10 2014

The Orlando Sentinel calls out WFTV…

UPDATE: 10/01/14 – A day later, WFTV admits it was wrong for not disclosing the connection between Belvin Perry and Amendment 2. Check out that story HERE.

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