(from SFLTV.com) – A bit of excitement in Palm Beach as GossipExtra reports their spies observed former WPEC anchor Curt Fonger having a “long lunch” with WPBF general manager Caroline Taplett at TooJays recently. GossipExtra also says Fonger was seen visiting the WPBF studios in Palm Beach Gardens. WPBF are looking to fill the main co-anchor chair next to Tiffany Kenney after Victor Blackwell left to anchor weekends at CNN HQ in Atlanta.
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(from MediaPost.com) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest group of independent TV stations (including Florida’s WPEC, WEAR, WTWC, WTVX, WTTA), is giving some fair warning about upcoming carriage negotiations with TV satellite provider Dish Network: Things are not going so well.
Sinclair’s retrans deal with Dish is due to expire on August 15.
In a release, Sinclair says: “Although Sinclair is continuing to negotiate with Dish over the terms of a new agreement, Sinclair believes significant doubt exists as to whether or not a new agreement will be reached with Dish.”
In response, Dish issued a press release saying Sinclair is seeking unfair price hikes:….Cont….
(edited from SFLTV.com) - SFLTV.com has learned that long-time WPEC sports director Pat Murphy is retiring and leaving the TV biz this summer. From what we hear he and his wife are moving out of state in August so she can pursue a career opportunity in Texas.
Pat Murphy joined WPEC 17 years ago in 1995 from WPTV where he spent 12 years as that stations sports director….Cont from SFLTV.com….
Florida News Center has been on vacation for the past ten days….here is some of what we missed…
(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday that it has closed on its acquisition of the Freedom Communications broadcast assets (including West Palm Beach’s WPEC-TV) for $385 million.
Sinclair had been operating the Freedom stations since Dec. 1, 2011, under a local marketing agreement, while it awaited FCC approval….Cont…
Just a day later, construction began on a new set for West Palm Beach’s WPEC. The station uploaded a photo to its Facebook page of the current set being dismantled. Now that Sinclair has picked up WPEC, the company now has a duopoly in the West Palm market, with WTVX CW 33. Rumor has it that the two stations will eventually be combined and will share a news room. Stay tuned…
(from News-Press.com) - WBBH NBC2 reporter Joshua Repp announced that he is headed home — leaving Southwest Florida for a job at WPEC-TV, the CBS station in West Palm Beach. Repp spent part of his childhood on Florida’s east coast, graduating from high school in Boca Raton. It’s a surprisingly short tenure for Repp. He only started at NBC2 last June.
(from TVSpy.com) – Michael Pumo has been named general manager of WPEC, the CBS-affiliate in West Palm Beach, Sinclair Broadcasting announced today.
Pumo is the vice president of broadcast sales for Freedom Communications, which currently owns WPEC. The West Palm Beach station, as well as the remainder of Freedom TV’s stations, are in the process of being acquired by Sinclair.
“WPEC has much to offer, and I look forward to re-introducing the station to the community and to our viewers,” Pumo said in a statement….Cont….
(from CBS12.com) – Freedom Communications Inc. in Irvine, Calif. has agreed to sell its television division to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. in a $385 million deal that will leave the company and its newspapers free of debt, Freedom announced today.
The sale of Freedom’s eight television stations is expected to close in four to six months subject to Freedom shareholder, Federal Communications Commission and antitrust approval.
Mitchell Stern, Freedom’s CEO, said the television sale will eliminate the company’s debt so management can concentrate on the 100 daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and other specialty publications….Cont….
(edited from SFLTV.com) – Longtime WPEC weekend anchor and reporter Tara Cardoso has left the CBS affiliate. Cardoso said her goodbyes last night without saying what’s next for her but on on twitter she responded to viewers saying she wanted to spend more time with her two little girls.
A Florida native and a University of Miami alum Tara Cardoso joined WPEC in 2001 as a general assignment reporter before being promoted to anchor and I-team reporter. - (edited from SFLTV.com)
Fonger’s last broadcast at News 12 will be Wednesday, Robert Emmers, a spokesman for station owner Freedom Communications, said today.
Emmers said he could not comment on the reason for Fonger’s departure, except to say his contract was not renewed.
Fonger could not be reached comment this evening, and calls to the Fairfield Drive station this evening were referred to Emmers.
A native of Michigan, Fonger, 60, came to News 12 in 1989 after TV broadcasting stints in Fort Pierce, Mobile, Ala., and Grand Rapids, Mich….Cont….