Posts Tagged ‘wftv’

Sister stations help Orlando stations with coverage…

(edited from – Continuing coverage of the terrorist attack in Orlando has left local stations spread thin. Sister stations from around the country have been helping with the coverage.

Sources tell Florida News Center that staffs from cable outlet Bay News 9 in Tampa have been sent to Orlando to assist its sister News 13 with coverage. The stations already share resources and some staff.

Cox Media Group-owned WFTV: WJAX-WFOX in Jacksonville, WSB in Atlanta, WFXT in Boston and WHIO in Dayton and its Washington, D.C. bureau sent reporters, photographers and producers to help WFTV. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2016

Orlando stations rush to cover terrorist attack…

(from – Orlando affiliates WFTV (ABC), WKMG (CBS), WESH (NBC) and WOFL (Fox) rushed crews to the scene of the Pulse nightclub and Orlando Regional Medical Center gathering some of the first images and eyewitness accounts of what has become the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

WFTV, WKMG and WESH began continuing coverage around 5 a.m. while WOFL began at 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

At least 50 people are dead and another 53 wounded when a gunman identified entered the club with an assault weapon and a handgun and opened fire. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2016

WFTV names studio after Bob Opsahl….

(edited from – Bob Opsahl may have left the building at WFTV, but he’ll always be a part of the building.

The station has named the studio that houses its new news set after the longest-serving anchor in Orlando TV history.

The honor was revealed at a May 27 retirement dinner for Opsahl at the station. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2016

Sweeping up May 2016 in Orlando…

(edited from – In the May TV ratings for Orlando, WFTV was the big winner and WKMG was the main gainer.

Retiring WFTV anchor Bob Opsahl, whose last newscast was 6 p.m. Wednesday, went out a ratings winner. He and Martha Sugalski were the leaders from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in total viewers as well as the 25-to-54 age group for the month.

In news ratings, 25-to-54 is the most important for advertisers. At 6 p.m., WFTV averaged 19,496 viewers in the age group. WKMG drew 13,978, WESH pulled in 13,015 and WOFL attracted 5,333. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.) Read the rest of this entry →


05 2016

Bob Opsahl signs off after 38 years at WFTV…

WFTV veteran anchor Bob Opsahl signed off for the last time from the Orlando station on Wednesday.

He signed off at the close of the 6 p.m. newscast, reflecting on his career and thanking the viewers at home and those who work at the station.   (Video below)

Opsahl said in his final comments: “All my life God has opened doors for me and the ones I walked through, led to some wonderful things…like my career at Channel 9. I didn’t even apply for this job. It came to me, and has brought opportunities for positive change….It even led to the adoption of my own children.” Read the rest of this entry →


05 2016