Posts Tagged ‘WJXT’

Why does JAX TV news suck?….

(from – There’s one question visitors from outside the area often ask me — and a question I ask myself on occasion: Why does local TV news suck so much?

You’d think that, in a region with more than a million people, we’d have something better, that there would be room for more voices, more perspectives, more analyses, more deep dives.

You’d be wrong.

There are exceptions, of course. First Coast News (whose newscasts are shared by our local NBC and ABC affiliates) has a nice investigative team, helmed by former Folio Weekly editor extraordinaire Anne Schindler, which can be counted on for interesting stories every now and again….Cont….

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04 2014

Marques White joins the anchor desk at WJXT…

A little late on our part, but worth the mention…

Marques White joined Jacksonville’s WJXT-TV back in February 2014. He is now anchoring the weekend morning shift, sharing the desk with fellow anchor Kumasi Aaron.

White comes from Southern West Virginia’s WVNS-TV, where he was an anchor. Prior to WVNS, White worked at WOWK-TV in Charleston, VW and KMBC-TV in Kansas City.


03 2014

WPLG is SOLD! Are WKMG & WJXT next?

(edited from – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is acquring Graham Holding’s WPLG Miami (DMA 16) in a deal that also involves a swap of stock and cash, it was announced this morning.

Berkshire Hathaway is getting the ABC affiliate, part of Graham’s Post-Newsweek Stations group, along with Berkshire shares currently held by Graham, plus cash.

Station broker Larry Patrick said Buffett’s acquisition of a TV station is encouraging. “It should give a tremendous boost to the industry,” he said. “Buffett is recognized as a great value investor in long-term equity. It shows that broadcasting still has a lot of value.”

Speculation has been running high that Graham is interested in spinning off the entire Post-Newsweek group, which also includes WDIV Detroit (NBC), KPRC Houston (NBC), WKMG Orlando, Fla., (CBS) KSAT San Antonio (ABC) and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (Ind.)….Cont….


03 2014

Sheriff voids tickets for WJXT anchor…

(from – The first time WJXT Channel 4 traffic anchor and reporter Ashley Mitchem was stopped in February 2012, the police officer said she was traveling 17 miles per hour over the speed limit.

She got a warning.

Four months later, the same Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer pulled her over again, saying she was going 33 miles per hour over the speed limit. He gave her instructions to remove a Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police emblem from her car.

She got another warning.

In August 2012, Officer Jose Marrero stopped Mitchem for the third time. He said she was traveling eight miles over the speed limit and she still had the emblem on the car….Cont….


01 2014

More morning news on WJXT…

Our friends at report that Jacksonville independent station WJXT-TV is planning to expand its morning newscasts, starting on Monday October 28th. The Morning Show will be extended an extra hour, airing from 4:30 to 10 a.m.

The extra hour from 9 to 10 a.m. will be anchored by Tarik Minor, Nikki Kimbleton, and Richard Nunn.


10 2013

Joy Purdy to WJXT…

(from – Six months after turning down an offer at First Coast News to move to the anchor spot for its 11 p.m. newscast, Joy Purdy is returning to Jacksonville’s airwaves.

WJXT TV-4 announced in a news release Friday that Purdy will join the station this month to anchor its evening newscasts at 5:30, 6:30 and 11 with longtime anchor Rob Sweeting. (Jennifer Waugh previously worked alongside Sweeting before moving to mornings in June.)

“We’ve been looking for just the right person to join Mary Baer, Tom Wills and Rob Sweeting in the evenings,” said Bob Ellis, the station’s vice president and general manager, in the news release.

For Purdy, it’s her second stint at the independent Post-Newsweek station. She worked as a weekend anchor and reporter for five years, from 1995 to 2000, before heading to Miami’s WFOR TV-4….Cont….

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09 2013

Judge declares that WJXT was not in comtempt…

(from - A judge decided Tuesday not to hold a Jacksonville TV station in contempt for briefly broadcasting part of an arrest report from the Aug. 23 attack of a 9-year-old girl in a Best Buy women’s restroom.

“The Court concludes that employees of WJXT TV-4,” Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud wrote Tuesday, “as human beings do at times, made a mistake.”

James Patrick Tadros was arrested the day of the attack and charged with attempted murder, false imprisonment and criminal mischief. The TV station first received an arrest report with paragraphs blacked out and then, through its attorney’s use of the Duval County Clerk of Court database, received an unredacted report, allowing them to see what had been blacked out, according to a court document….Cont….



09 2013

Dan Hicken to depart WTLV/WJXX…

WTLV/WJXX announced today via Twitter that Sports Director Dan Hicken is leaving the Jacksonville duopoly. Hicken had been with WTLV (later WTLV/WJXX) for twenty seven years prior to this announcement.

So far no official word has been released on why Hicken is leaving the station. However, Sam Kouvaris, the sports director across the street at WJXT tweeted today that Hicken was headed to the “Cox TV stations here in town.” Of course by that Kouvaris means the duopoly of WTEV/WAWS, which was scooped up by Cox in Dec 2012.

So if Sam Kouvaris is correct, does this mean that Dan Hicken might bump current WTEV/WAWS sports director Steve Wrigley for the top spot in sports or will he be replacing one of the other three faces at “Action Sports?” Stay tuned to for the latest.

//hattip to Anonymous


05 2013

Jacksonville reporter reports on the murder of her own father…

(from – The names of 120 officers killed in Florida will be added to the national monument. Channel 4′s Erica Rakow was in Washington D.D. with these families, and has a touching personal story of her own….Watch the reports below….

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05 2013

Comings and goings at WJXT…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Jacksonville’s independent WJXT has lost and gained several personalities as of late.

Reporter Elizabeth Cate (right#1) has moved across the panhandle to Tallahassee. She is the new Press Secretary for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. A little factoid…she is the daughter of primary WFLA (Tampa) anchor Keith Cate.

Emily Turner (left #1) is headed west to Tuscon, Arizona. She joins KOLD-TV/KMSB-TV as a reporter.

Jason Law (right#2) has joined Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV. He is the station’s new investigative reporter.

Alicia Booth (left #2) has joined WJXT as a reporter. She comes from Cleveland’s WEWS-TV where she was the station’s health reporter.


02 2013