Posts Tagged ‘wftv’

WJAX/WFOX get approval to fly news drones…

(edited from – WJAX/WFOX are the only local stations in the Jacksonville media market to be granted Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly a drone as part of their news coverage.

So what does this mean for the viewer? The Action News Jax “Skyvision” drone will help expand their news and weather coverage, and go in-depth on stories. With government approval, they can now give viewers a bird’s-eye view of the are above. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

Welch to depart WFTV/Brewer to depart WESH….

Married TV couple Jason Brewer and Vanessa Welch are leaving the Orlando market.

WFTV anchor Vanessa Welch is leaving the station to take a job within the Cox family (the owners of WFTV), at Boston Fox affiliate, WFXT. Her final day at the station will be on Friday. She starts at WFXT on Dec. 1.

Jason Brewer who is a meteorologist up the interstate at WESH, will be leaving that station to follow his wife to Boston. He will stay on at WESH until after the holidays and will look for work in Boston.

“This is huge opportunity to anchor the 5, 6 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts in a Top 10 market,” Welch told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

Orlando Oct 2015 ratings…

(from – With the 25-to-54 age group as the main measure, WFTV-Channel 9 continued to win in early morning, at noon and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for the ratings period that ended Wednesday.

The race at 11 p.m. was most intriguing, and WFTV was the winner there with the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers. But the late newscasts on WKMG-Channel 6 and WESH-Channel 2 were reaching more total viewers.

Other stations pointed to other victories: WESH said it was first with the 18-to-49 age group at 6 a.m., and WKMG said it was first with 18-to-49 viewers at 6 and 11 p.m….Cont….


10 2015

Orlando reporters’ business goes bust…

(from – WFTV reporter Stephen Barrett’s (left) mini-golf business on International Dr in Orlando, Volcano Island, has closed and filed for bankruptcy after less than three years.

Barrett, a veteran investigative reporter for the TV station,  bought the aging mini-golf location near Coco Key Hotel in 2012 along with a former traffic reporter at the station, Bob Baxa (right).

But fixing up and maintaining the run-down attraction cost more than they realized, according to a video the two posted on YouTube in January 2014, when the were auditioning for a reality TV show on making over run-down tourist attractions. Read the rest of this entry →


10 2015

WFTV starts using news drones…

(edited from – WFTV became the first Orlando market station to use drones in news coverage on Friday.

“Drones give us a unique opportunity to take you to places and show you new vantage points that would be impossible to see from the ground or even from our regular helicopter,” anchor Greg Warmoth said in the segment.

The Federal Aviation Administration this week approved a petition by WFTV and other stations in the Cox Media Group to fly the drones. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015