Posts Tagged ‘wftv’

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

Carole Nelson talks Orlando TV history & gossip…

(edited from – Listen up, fans of Orlando TV history.

Martha Sugalski’s decision to leave WESH-Channel 2 — and evidently head to another station in town — prompted Hal Boedeker to look for context from Carole Nelson, Orlando’s trailblazing anchorwoman. Nelson started at WFTV-Channel 9, moved to Channel 6, then returned to WFTV in a local career that ran from 1976 to 1990.

Nelson did not disappoint. She fired off an email with names and details from the past. Here’s how Carole Nelson tells it:

“When I made the move [from 9 to 6] it made the top story on the local page along with a picture. It was a nerve-wracking time in my career. Other newsroom reporters and anchors were very unhappy with Elden Hale, the news director, who had replaced Bob Jordan in one of his many moves. We all thought that Elden was taking the station in the wrong direction.

“[WFTV General Manager] Walter Windsor and the Magid consultants wanted me to talk to him. Then the station made a big mistake and forgot to send me a registered letter stating that the station wanted to pick up my option for another year. (The station had the option each year on my contract; I did not)….Cont….


08 2014

WFTV, WOFL, WKMG post July wins…

(edited from – WESH-Channel 2 made the biggest headlines Thursday by announcing that anchor Martha Sugalski had departed.

But WKMG-Channel 6, WOFL-Channel 35 and especially WFTV-Channel 9 could point to ratings victories for July.

Speculation that Sugalski could land at another local station a year from now reflected the intense competition among stations.

In the ratings period that ended Wednesday, WFTV was tops with the 25-to-54 age group in early morning, from 4 to 6:30 and at 11 p.m.

WKMG scored a victory at noon, and WOFL remained the leader at 10 p.m.

These news ratings races are determined by the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers, and the numbers in this post reflect that demographic unless otherwise noted….Cont…..


08 2014