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What happens locally if Fox buys Time Warner…?

WTVT consumer reporter Chris Chmura proposed a question that has certainly been on our mind here at Florida News Center. What will happen locally if Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is able to purchase Time Warner Inc.?

The deal, which reached a new high bid today (at a meager $80 billion), would be a merger of 21st Century Fox properties and portions of the assets currently held by Time Warner Inc. Those assets include Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks locally.

In the Tampa and Orlando markets, Fox owns/operates WTVT in Tampa and WOFL/WRBW in Orlando. Bright House Networks (Time Warner) operates 24hour cable news outlets Bay News 9 in Tampa and News 13 in Orlando.

Chmura’s question definitely becomes a factor, when considering a merge like this. What will happen locally? Will these properties be combined (as in the hyberpolic graphic for the Tampa media market above) or would they stay independent?

Times, they are a’ changin’….


07 2014

Lauren Johnson departs WOFL…

WOFL weekend anchor Lauren Johnson is departing the Orlando station. She is headed to WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, where she will anchoring the station’s upcoming weekend newscasts.

Johnson joined WOFL from WHBQ in Memphis. She originally started her television career down I-4 at Central Florida News 13.



07 2014

WFTV pulls ahead in June…

(from – WFTV-Channel 9 and WESH-Channel 2 split victories in late news for June. But the latest ratings report was mostly good news for WFTV, which surpassed WESH at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. after WESH won very tight races in May in the 25-to-54 age group.

At 6 p.m. in May, WESH was the victor by 28 viewers in the age group, which means the stations basically tied. (All these numbers refer to 25-to-54, unless otherwise noted.)

At 6 p.m. in June, WFTV averaged 32,753 viewers to WESH’s 29,688, WKMG-Channel 6′s 10,765 and WOFL-Channel 35′s 9,701. The June ratings period ended Wednesday.

At 6 a.m. in May, WESH won by 16 viewers in the age group, basically another tie.

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06 2014

Reporting faux pas….

(story/pic from – File this in the “things I shouldn’t do on social media” bin.

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco posted a picture of herself with her photographer at the scene of a double homicide Sunday. You can see her report after the jump.

The reporter for the Orlando FOX owned station sent the shot out on instagram with the caption, “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”….Cont….


06 2014

A photo finish in the May ’14 Orlando books…

(from – Fans of close ratings races can study the May results for photo finishes.

At 6 p.m. weekdays, WESH-Channel 2 beat WFTV-Channel 9 by 28 viewers — 28 viewers in the 25-to-54 age group that is most important to news advertisers.

When you hear the stations bragging about ratings in promotional spots, keep those numbers in mind. These finishes are essentially ties, but stations are happy to claim any victory against usual market leader WFTV.

At 6 a.m. weekdays, WESH beat WFTV by 16 viewers — 16 viewers in the age group. (All these numbers refer to 25-to-54.)

At 6 a.m., WESH averaged 22,019 viewers to WFTV’s 22,003, WOFL-Channel 35′s 10,622 and WKMG-Channel 6′s 7,266. But WESH was seen by far more viewers because its news was simulcast on sister station WKCF-Channel 18, where an additional 3,215 viewers watched….Cont….


05 2014