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WINK Chief Met drops the F-bomb, apologizes…

Last week during breaking weather coverage in the Fort Myers market, WINK-TV chief meteorologist Jim Farrell let the F-bomb fly during a cut-in.

The station was about to go to weather update during morning programming, when the meteorologist, annoyed by staffers talking in the newsroom can be heard whispering “how many times do I have to tell these people, shut the fuck up.”

Unfortunately, viewers could hear the F-bomb as well (check out the video below). Farrell returned to the air an hour later and apologized to viewers for the language, thinking that he was not on the air when it happened.

WINK Chief Met drops the F-bomb during cut-in by flnewscenter


01 2016

WINK Met thinks football trumps tornado warnings…

(edited from – WINK chief meteorologist Jim Farrell had his priorities questioned after criticizing a tornado alert that aired on ABC affiliate WZVN during a Saturday night’s NFL playoff game..

On Facebook, Farrell wrote, “OMG, its a PLAYOFF GAME. Stop telling me that there is NOT a tornado and get me back to the game. This wx alert should have lasted 30 seconds! not 20 minutes!” Read the rest of this entry →


01 2016

WINK tries to block documentary by fired reporter…

(from – Matt Dougherty, a former WINK reporter who is suing the Fort Myers, CBS affiliate for breach of contract, is now being told by parent company Fort Myers Broadcasting Co. he can’t use WINK footage in his reel or an upcoming documentary on his dismissal.

According to Dougherty’s lawyer, FMB has threatened Dougherty with defamation in an attempt to stop production of his Code of Ethics documentary. A trailer for the documentary lives on a website containing links to Dougherty’s past work, some of which is from WINK. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

UPDATE: Fired WINK anchor sues station…

(from – A breach-of-contract lawsuit by a former local television news anchor against the station that fired him has been amended.

The original suit, filed Aug. 13, alleges that WINK News fired anchor Matthew Dougherty, 33, on July 27 because he would not destroy notes, video, photos and other information related to a story involving about 100 boxes of patient medical records,  including credit card receipts, shot records, Social Security numbers and other detailed patient information found in an auctioned-off storage unit.

Dougherty, who was one year into a three-year contract with WINK, said he had originally been directed by the station to cover the storage unit auction and the discovery of the records. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015

New changes at WINK…

This past Wednesday brought a new look for WINK-TV in Fort Myers. At noon on Sept 2, the station debuted a new set, an updated graphics package and a slightly tweaked logo (left).

Some notes about the new set. Gone, are the anchor’s chairs. The anchor team remains standing for the entire newscast, shifting between the main desk and display areas around the set. Also, the station recycled most of the old weather set, just updating paneling.

Check out the new look below…

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09 2015