Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from TheHill.com) – The Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to crack down on cooperation between broadcasters.

In a contentious vote that attracted scrutiny from Republicans in the agency and on Capitol Hill, the FCC approved an order that will keep broadcast companies from sharing resources on advertising sales.

Under current FCC rules, a single broadcast company cannot own more than one of the top four broadcast stations in a media market.

But prior to the agency’s actions on Monday, a broadcast company could use a Joint Service Agreement (JSA) to control advertising sales across multiple broadcast stations. Critics of this practice said it allowed broadcasters to control multiple stations in practice without technically violating the agency’s ownership rules….Cont….

How could this impact Florida? There are seven markets in Florida where a company owns, manages or has influence on more than one TV station in a market: West Palm Beach (WPTV & WFLX), Jacksonville (WAWS & WTEV, WTLV & WJXX), Pensacola/Mobile (WEAR & WFGX, WPMI & WJTC…soon to be WKRG/WALA/WFNA), Fort Myers (WBBH & WZVN), Tallahassee (WTWC, WTLH, WTLF), and Gainesville/Ocala (WGFL, WMYW, WNBW), Orlando (WOFL & WRBW), Miami (WTVJ & WSCV).

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04 2014

Mike McCormick name N/D at WPEC…

(edited from TVSpy.com) – Mike McCormick has been named news director for West Palm Beach’s WPEC-TV

McCormick last worked at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL where he had been news director for five years. He has also worked as news director at WPMI-WJTC in Mobile, AL, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville.

He replaces Cathy Younkin who left the station in early January….Continue for full story….

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01 2014

Cathy Younkin is out as News Director at WPEC…

(from GossipExtra.com) – After years of downward ratings, WPEC-CBS12  abruptly fired news director Cathy Younkin this morning, Gossip Extra has learned.

“An announcement was made, something about her leaving to pursue other interests,” said a newsroom source, “but it’s pretty clear to everybody that she was canned.”

The mood in the newsroom? – “It doesn’t appear that too many people are crying.”

General Manager Michael Pumo confirmed that Younkin is no longer at the station but declined to comment further.

Since she arrived in 2009, Younkin overlooked a newsroom in transition where big salary earners like former anchors Curt Fonger, Juan Carlos Fanjul and Emily Pantelides either quit or were let go, and cheaper talent was brought in….Cont….

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01 2014

No charges for Tweeting moron….

(from TVSpy.com) – Charges have been dropped against a Florida man facing criminal charges for a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo (right).

Martin Pierro  (left) was facing charges of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure for his tweet. He told supporters on “We Support Martin Pierro” facebook page he had spoken with his lawyer, “She informed me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was nothing short of ecstatic, I thanked her profu…sely and told her to make sure she billed me for the little bit of time it took her to call me (what was I thinking? – LOL).”….Cont….

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12 2013

WPEC welcomes Jeff Berardelli, and a Q&A…

(from  SunSentinel.com)Jeff Berardelli is no stranger to severe weather. After all, he’s been a meteorologist at the CBS affiliates in Fort Lauderdale-Miami (WFOR-Ch. 4) and New York City (WCBS-Ch. 2), where he’s forecasted hurricanes, blizzards and storms.

Now he’s brought that experience to WPEC-Ch. 12, having recently joined the team as a severe weather expert appearing on the 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts. We caught up with the West Palm Beach resident and newlywed.

Q: Are there any differences between forecasting weather in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area and West Palm Beach?

A: It’s a little more active up here. Our viewing area is more expansive to the west. All of Miami-Dade and Broward counties is 20 miles wide and then you hit the Everglades and you are done….Cont….

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12 2013

Man threatens WPEC anchor on Twitter…

Our friends at TVSpy.com report that WPEC anchor John Discepolo received a threatening message on Twitter back in October.

Martin Thomas Pierro was arrested last Friday after sending the following tweet to Discepolo. “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”

Pierro said he was responding to a tweet by Discepolo about an upcomming story and that it was meant to be a joke. Pierreo said he was “just poking fun at” the anchor’s “teases for the nightly news.” Discepolo responded that this was “not something to joke about…not cool.”

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for how this story ends.

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12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps: West Palm Beach…

The November 2013 ratings period have been announced for the West Palm Beach TV market…and they are quite telling. Historical market leader WPTV-TV continues to dominate this market, crushing its competition in virtually every news time slot. WPBF-TV take second place, in every slot except for noon, where WPEC-TV finally makes it on the radar (could CBS’s syndicated “The Price is Right” have helped WPEC at noon…hmmm?). H/T to our friends at FTVLive.com

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12 2013

Website trys to shame WPB TV and print reporters…

(from GossipExtra.com) – Using an image that’s become the symbol of many protest movements around the world, the owner of a website that appeared this week with the DOBs, and home addresses and private hone numbers of Palm Beach County reporters released a statement today.

After Gossip Extra reached out to the person through the deadbeatlink.com website to ask what’s up, the video above was included in the otherwise-empty email sent in response.

In the statement made in a digitally altered voice, the website operator claims his/her publishing the information is a form of protest against reporters that he/she claims are too “lazy” to cover corruption in Palm Beach County.

So far, he/she is so worked up about the low quality of local media that he/she included private information about dozens of reporters at WPEC-Channel 12 and The Palm Beach Post….Cont….

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10 2013

Jenna Caiazzo robbed at gunpoint…

(from TVSpy.com) – WPEC weekend anchor and reporter Jenna Caiazzo was robbed at gunpoint Friday night in downtown West Palm Beach.

“Last night I was the victim of an armed robbery in downtown West Palm Beach. I was leaving dinner at City Place around 10:30 and was held up at gunpoint by two young black males,” she reported over the weekend. “They demanded my friend’s and my pocketbooks and threatened to shoot. They got away with everything we have.”….Cont….

 

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09 2013

Ric Blackwell back to WPEC…

Our friends at SFLTV.com report that former WPEC anchor Ric Blackwell is returning to the West Palm Beach station. He will anchor the station’s weekend newscasts.

If you do not recall, Blackwell and WPEC parted was in 2010 as they station underwent ownership changes and staff shakeups. Before leaving the station, he had been with WPEC for 17 years. For the past three years he has been promoting himself as a jack-of-all-trades, via his website.

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09 2013