Posts Tagged ‘WMBB’

Jessica Foster to depart WMBB….

(edited from – WMBB morning anchor Jessica Foster has announced she is leaving the Panama City ABC affiliate after ten years at the station.

Foster told viewers her priorities changed after she and her husband adopted a daughter. “I’ve never been more devoted to anything as I am to her,” Foster wrote on the station’s website. “As a family, we made a decision for me to make a career change. That’s why I will be leaving the TV station on September 19th. ”

Fosters joined WMBB in 2004…Cont….



09 2014

WMBB sold to Nexstar Broadcasting…

(from - Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced a definitive agreement to acquire six television stations for $37.5 million.

In the deal, Nexstar will pay $33.5 million to buy WMBB (ABC) in Panama City, FL, and KREX (CBS), KREG (CBS), KREY (CBS) and KGJT (MyNetworkTV) in Grand Junction, CO, from Gray Television. Mission will pay $4 million for KFQX in Grand Junction, CO, from Excalibur Broadcasting. KREG and KREY are satellite stations of KREX.

Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., said in a statement. “The agreements to acquire stations in Grand Junction and Panama City mark our entrée into these markets and upon completing all announced transactions, we will own or provide services to multiple stations in 37 of the 56 markets where we will operate.”….Cont….


12 2013

WMBB gets a new set…

As Florida News Center reported back at the start of June, Panama City’s WMBB started deconstruction of their old news desk and set. After several weeks of installation, the station unveiled its new set on this past Saturday’s 6pm newscast.

Sources tell us that the new set was designed by Park Place Studios, with brand new high efficientcy LED studio lighting by Redwood Lighting. The new set includes a modern rounded desk, that is designed to seat two anchors at a time. Other new attributes include an area for stand-up reports and a new weather center.

Check out the new set below, with the old set below that.

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06 2012

UPDATE:Tis the season for a new set!

6/15/12 – UPDATE: The demolition of Florida station sets continues! Viewers in the Tallahassee market may notice changes at WCTV. That station now joins WTVJ, WMBB and WPTV in stations that will be introducing a new set in the coming weeks. The station started teasing the demolition of their old set  last week on Facebook. Stay tuned!


6/09/12 – UPDATE: Viewers in Miami may notice changes at WTVJ. That station is joining the growing list of Florida stations that are in the process of getting a new set. So far no word on when the new set will be unveiled. Stay tuned!

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6/04/12 – Viewers in Panama City and West Palm Beach might notice a big difference when watching their local newscasts. WMBB ABC 13 and WPTV NBC 5 are both currently in the process of renovating their sets. Both stations, which have not had a new set in more than a decade, are temporarily broadcasting from make-shift sets in their news rooms. WMBB and WPTV both have posted pictures of their set demolitions on Facebook. (WMBB on the left….WPTV on the right). So far no dates are set for the new sets to be complete. Stay tuned!

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06 2012

UPDATE: Arrested in the panhandle…

11:55am – After Florida News Center published the story below this morning, we received the following comment from WMBB Operations Manager Chris Golden and GM Terry Cole:

“We do not discuss personnel matters, however, Mr. Character remains an employee of WMBB at this time.”

So, for now, Character is still employed at WMBB, but remains off the air until further notice. Stay tuned for any further updates.


07:05am – Sources tell Florida News Center that Panama City’s WMBB and weekend anchor Kevin Character have parted ways, over his arrest earlier this week. Character’s bio page has since been removed from the station’s website.

As Florida News Center reported on Tuesday, Character was arrested at a Panama City area piano bar, after getting into a drunken confrontation with Walton County Sheriff deputies. He was charged with misdemeanor obstruction with out violence and felony disorderly intoxication in a public place.


03 2011