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Tony Pipitone signs off at WKMG…

Watch the video below as Orlando’s WKMG-TV sends veteran reporter Tony Pipitone off to Miami, with a fond farewell. As Florida News Center previously reported, Pipitone is headed to Miami’s WTVJ, to be closer to his wife, who is executive director of the Miami Herald’s Spanish language newspaper.

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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

Sochi bumps up WESH in Feb books….

(from - The Winter Olympics were very, very good to NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2.

WESH dominated prime time, easily won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

This February was atypical because of the Super Bowl, which aired on Fox, and the Sochi Games. In prime time, WESH averaged 210,500 total viewers to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35′s 162,000. Both stations were well ahead of CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 98,000 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 with 75,600.

Prime time proved a major boost to the WESH late news, which often started at 11:30. These news ratings, unless otherwise noted, are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

In late news for the age group, WESH averaged 47,300 viewers to WFTV’s 30,000 and WKMG’s 22,400. WOFL drew 19,500 in the time slot Monday-Friday….Cont….


02 2014

WKMG & WFTV reporters to get hitched…

(from - Working for competing TV stations has not damped the ardor of reporters Anthony DiLorenzo of WFTV-Channel 9 and Kala Rama of WKMG-Channel 6.

They will wed April 26 in Newport, R.I., and honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

“My parents are from Sri Lanka, and I’m excited to show Anthony where they came from, and then it’s off to paradise in the Maldives,” Rama said Wednesday.

“We’re both from Connecticut, and Newport is a city on the ocean we have been visiting our whole lives,” DiLorenzo said. “We are fortunate enough to be getting married on the historic Cliff Walk at the Rosecliff.”

He started at WFTV in January 2013 to be near Rama, who is also a weekend anchor. Things have gone swimmingly….Cont….


02 2014

Lauren Rowe returns to WKMG…

(from – WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe returns Monday to her regular shift after taking a break in mid-January to seek treatment for depression.

“I’m very happy Lauren is returning to our newscasts beginning Monday,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said Friday. “She appreciates all of the letters and emails of support our viewers have sent to her.”

Rowe’s last day on the air was Jan. 13, and the CBS affiliate announced on Jan. 17 that she would be away….Cont….


02 2014

Tony Pipitone to depart WKMG, going to WTVJ…

(from Pipitone, one of the finest reporters in Orlando TV history, is leaving WKMG-Channel 6. He will become an investigative reporter next month at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market.

Pipitone, 53, is moving to South Florida primarily for personal reasons, WKMG said.

He will join his wife, Myriam Marquez, who works in South Florida for The Miami Herald. Marquez, a former columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, was named executive editor of the Herald’s Spanish-language daily, el Nuevo Herald, in October.

They commuted for eight years between the two communities. “We made it work, but we always hoped to get under one roof sooner,” Pipitone said in an interview.

Pipitone has worked at WKMG for 26 years….Cont….


02 2014

Wendy Chioji to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…

(from – The indefatigable Wendy Chioji is on her latest adventure: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

The former WESH-Channel 2 anchor is on the mountain as I write this Tuesday afternoon.

One of the men on the expedition is wearing a GPS device. “From what we’re seeing, they are currently at an elevation of 8,681 feet,” said Jackie Carlin, executive producer at Bolder Broadcasting in Winter Park. “If you look at his progress, they were at basecamp this morning, at an elevation of 6,578. From what we can gather, it looks like they hiked five hours today and went up 2,000 feet.”

Marc Middleton, the founder of Bolder Broadcasting and a former WESH colleague, is with Chioji. He is filming the climb, and his company will produce a documentary.

Chioji has gone to Tanzania to join others who have beat cancer and their supporters in the Survivor Summit, which benefits the Livestrong Foundation. Dr. Robert Masson of the NeuroSpine Institute in Ocoee is also on the expedition to support his sister, a cancer survivor….Cont….


02 2014

Jessica Sanchez is now “cancer free”…

After nearly a year of battling Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Jessica Sanchez announced the she is now cancer free. The WKMG traffic reporter was diagnosed in March of 2013 and has spent eight months off the air for chemotherapy, blood transfusions and operations. The station announced that she will be returning to work next week, although working off the air.

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01 2014

Lauren Rowe seeks treatment for depression…

(from - Viewers won’t be seeing WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe for a while because she is seeking treatment for depression.

In a message to co-workers released Friday afternoon, Rowe said:

“I am sending you this message because I’m going to be taking a break for a while. I have suffered from depression for many years, and with the help of my doctors, I have been able to manage it. Recently, it has become harder for me to deal with my depression. In consultation with my doctors, I have decided to step away and seek treatment. I know this is the right thing for me to do, and I appreciate your understanding and support. I will miss Local 6 and our viewers.  I look forward to returning to work soon.”

Anchor Matt Austin read the message to viewers on the 5 p.m. newscast and wished her well.

Rowe’s last time on the air was Monday. There’s no timetable for her return, which depends on what her doctors say, a WKMG spokeswoman said….Cont….


01 2014

Jessica Sanchez discusses the benefits of painting during cancer recovery…

Watch the video below as WKMG-TV traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez discusses the benefits of the “Art Cart” program at Orlando’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Sanchez was one of the first patients to use the program during her treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma over the past year. She has been off the air at WKMG since earlier this year and is expected to return back to work in early 2014. Video below…

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