Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’

Local police chief calls WPEC racist for coverage, disburbing his old mother…

(from Lose Lambiet’s – Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams has raised the specter of Donald Sterling-style racism in the media’s coverage of the mostly-black Palm Beach County city, and singled out WPEC-TV and its rookie news director Mike McCormick.

It’s another Gossip Extra exclusive you won’t find in The Palm Beach Post: In an internal email destined only to city spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown and attorney Pamela Hanna but obtained by Gossip Extra, Williams takes issue with the presence of a WPEC-Channel 12 crew, including reporter Chuck Weber, in the driveway of his house Friday night after an amber alert for a missing city 2-year-old was lifted.

I’m told the crew in a live broadcast truck showed up in the chief’s driveway in Riviera Beach demanding to know more about the amber alert for 2-year-old Le-Rail Johnson, which was lifted without much of an explanation.

The child was eventually found over the weekend, and is safe….Cont….


05 2014

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from – 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).


04 2014

Mike McCormick name N/D at WPEC…

(edited from – 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….


01 2014

Cathy Younkin is out as News Director at WPEC…

(from – 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….


01 2014

No charges for Tweeting moron….

(from – 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….


12 2013