Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’

WPEC dumps 7pm newscasts….

(edited from – WPEC-CBS12 is canceling its 7 p.m. news show over the next few weeks — leaving anchors Ben Becker (right #1) and Stephanie Watson (right#2) to wonder about their jobs! Sources tell Gossip Extra that the two anchors learned about the scheduling change only after seeing a promo for the syndicated Entertainment Tonight.

The 7 p.m. news became a unique local product in the market but never caught on with viewers as it competed since its inception seven years ago against lighter fares like gossip TV and Wheel of Fortune….Cont….


08 2013

Jeff Berardelli to leave WFOR for WPEC, John Matthews re-ups at WPEC…

(from – Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli (right #1) is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews  (right#2) has signed a new contract with the station. In a statement, general manager Michael Puno said Berardelli’s hire and Matthews’ extension are “just another step in putting together the most talented group of weather, news and content providers in the WPB and Ft. Pierce markets.”

Berardelli has worked at WFOR since 2007. He is the second meteorologist to announce his departure from the CBS O&O this week. David Bernard, who has been with the station since 2005, will leave when his contract is up in November after reportedly rejecting a pay cut from WFOR bosses….Cont….


08 2013

Kurt Fonger finds work in real estate…

(from – Two years after WPEC-Channel 12 refused to renew his anchorman’s contract, Curt Fonger has reappeared in a new gig.

He’s now in real estate, bow tie and all.

“It was time to reinvent myself,” Fonger says. “Viewers kept asking me when I’d be back on the air, but no television station manager asked the same question. So, I’m looking for listings.”

After he learned in summer of 2011 that his prime-time news gig was over after 25 years on Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast TV sets, the then-60-year-old Fonger found out that showbiz had become a younger (and cheaper) man’s game.

So, he set out to look for a new career….Cont….


07 2013

Slumlord snatches WPEC reporter’s mic…

(from our friends at CBS12 reporter Lynn Gordon had an exclusive story on a Lake Worth slumlord who would not repair the broken septic tanks at his property, letting his tenants and their kids live surrounded by filth.

Gordon and photojournalist Frank Porter approached Nabil Kashik as he walked down the street near the property to ask him about the tenant situation.….Cont….                                        (WATCH THE VIDEO)


06 2013

Juan Carlos Fanjul out at WPEC….

(from – Anchorman Juan Carlos Fanjul, who once was pegged to take over prime-time news at WPEC-CBS 12 is leaving the station, Gossip Extra has learned.

In a terse statement to employees, the West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast station’s management hinted the departure was Fanjul’s choice.

He wants, according to the memo to the newsroom, “to seek other opportunities.” Those are unclear.

Neither News Director Cathy Younkin nor Fanjul replied to requests for comment. His last broadcast was last night….Cont….


04 2013

Matt Lincoln to sports at WPEC…

(from – Matt Lincoln has joined WPEC, the CBS affiliate for West Palm Beach as sports anchor and reporter.

Lincoln honored the retiring Pat Murphy in a tweet on his first day saying, “My first day was the last day of a legend – Pat Murphy has spent 30 years covering West Palm Beach sports.”

Lincoln came to WPEC from WWBT in Richmond, VA….Cont….

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03 2013

WPEC reporter/photog mistakenly arrested…

(from - A WPEC-Channel 12 reporter and his photographer were mistaken for peeping Toms in a darkened western Palm Beach County neighborhood — and chased by a gun-wielding homeowner!

Veteran CBS 12 general assignment reporter Al Pefley and cameraman Dana Szpunar complained about the incident to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene.

Their report was referred to State Attorney Dave Aronberg‘s office for review although charges are unlikely….Cont…


02 2013

WPEC and The Sun Sentinel team up…

(from – Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate WPEC West Palm Beach, Fla. (DMA 38), and the Sun Sentinel have teamed up in an exclusive content partnership. The TV station and newspaper will share photos, videos and other forms of content, and staffers will make appearances across media platforms.

“This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the strengths of our talented teams across broadcast, digital and print, and elevate the news experience for our audiences,” said Sun Sentinel Editor Howard Saltz. “The partnership allows us to increase our organizational agility while delivering quality, relevant content to our audiences. It’s a win-win.”….Cont….


01 2013

WPEC crew attacked by bees…

(from – A WPEC CBS12 News crew was attacked by hundreds of furious residents upset by the otherwise much-anticipated demolition of the Palm Beach Mall Thursday morning.

Our crew is nursing their wounds, still “stung” by the angry reaction.

It all started when CBS12 News operations manager Carl Pugliese launched a drone camera to get an aerial shot of a backhoe taking the old Sears apart. The drone is a large dinner-plate sized device with four helicopter-like rotors and two cameras, all operated by remote control via iPhone or iPad….Cont….




01 2013

John Discepolo to WPEC…

(edited from Discepolo begins next week as the primary anchor at WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

Discepolo comes from KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where he has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter since 2010.

At WPEC, Discepolo will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Liz Quirantes. His first broadcast will be September 24….Cont….


09 2012