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WPLG is SOLD! Are WKMG & WJXT next?

(edited from – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is acquring Graham Holding’s WPLG Miami (DMA 16) in a deal that also involves a swap of stock and cash, it was announced this morning.

Berkshire Hathaway is getting the ABC affiliate, part of Graham’s Post-Newsweek Stations group, along with Berkshire shares currently held by Graham, plus cash.

Station broker Larry Patrick said Buffett’s acquisition of a TV station is encouraging. “It should give a tremendous boost to the industry,” he said. “Buffett is recognized as a great value investor in long-term equity. It shows that broadcasting still has a lot of value.”

Speculation has been running high that Graham is interested in spinning off the entire Post-Newsweek group, which also includes WDIV Detroit (NBC), KPRC Houston (NBC), WKMG Orlando, Fla., (CBS) KSAT San Antonio (ABC) and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (Ind.)….Cont….


03 2014

November 2013 Sweeps – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale…

Our friends at report the following November 2013 ratings results for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale media market. The following results, in the coveted age 25-54 demographics show that WSVN leads nearly every time slot, except the 11:00pm late news race, where WPLG barely squeezes into first place.

6:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. 11:00 P.M.
WSVN 1.42 12.8 WSVN 1.26 5.9 WSVN 1.65 4.5 WPLG 1.64 5.6
WTVJ 1.19 10.7 WPLG .96 4.5   WSVN .91  3.1
WPLG  .81 7.3 WTVJ .79 3.7   WTVJ .88 3.0
WFOR .39 3.5 WFOR .48 2.2   WFOR .75 2.6
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12 2013

WPLG names Bert Medina as VP/GM…

(edited from – Post–Newsweek Stations on Friday announced the appointment of Bert Medina as Vice President and General Manager of WPLG–TV, the group’s ABC affiliate in Miami. Effective immediately, he will oversee the station and its digital channels (MeTV and Live Well network), as well at the station’s web and mobile sites and related applications.

Previously, Medina held a variety of executive management positions during his 13-year tenure with Univision. He served as Senior Vice President and Operating Manager of the TeleFutura Television Network, a unit of Univision Communications, where he propelled it to the number two Spanish-language broadcast network (behind its sister network, Univision). Earlier, in Chicago, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Univision’s WGBO and TeleFutura’s WXFT, launching the latter as TeleFutura’s flagship station and positioning them as the number one (WGBO) and number two (WXFT) Spanish-language stations in that market….Cont….


10 2013

Scott Padgett is headed to Dallas…

Several media websites are reporting that WPLG meteorologist Scott Padgett is leaving the Miami station. The word is that Padgett is headed to Dallas to work on the morning show at KTVT-TV.

As you may remember, Padgett was moved to the weekend shift to make way for Julie Durda back in April. Stay tuned for any further news. Padgett joined WPLG in 2008.


07 2013

Roland Steadham back to Miami; to WPLG…

(from – Roland Steadham will be joining Miami ABC affiliate WPLG on August 15.

Dave Boylan, WPLG vice president and general manager, told TVSpy, “We air nine hours of weekend morning news; 4.5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus our weekend morning news ratings are some of the highest ratings for any newscast during the week on any local station. That makes it an important role for a meteorologist at our station.”….Cont….


06 2013

WPLG crew threatened with knife…

Here are some of the stories that we missed during vacation:

(from - 05/08/13 – On Tuesday night, police responded to reports of an armed man who was threatening a television news crew in the roadway in front of a home located at 2626 Delmar Place.

According to the arrest report, Local 10′s Ross Palombo and photographer Shane Walker were preparing for a live shot on a public street, when the suspect, Louis Dominic Paolino III, came out of his house and began yelling at them.

The incident was all caught on camera. (below)….Cont….

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05 2013

Julie Durda in, Michael Smith out at WPLG…

(from - Julie Durda (right #1), who signed off in September from Miami’s WSVN, is joining rival WPLG.

Bill Pohovey, the news director of the Miami ABC affiliate, announced the news in an email to WPLG staffers Tuesday morning.

In his note, Pohovey also said Michael Smith (right#2), who is the weekend evening meteorologist, will be leaving the station.

“We want to thank Michael for his dedication and wish him continued success,” Pohovey wrote….Cont….

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01 2013

There is no room for ads in Miami…

(from – As one of the largest cities in the swing state of Florida, Miami is seeing a huge amount of political advertising. It is sold out on TV and radio ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Even after the election the market will remain strong throughout the remainder of 2012 and into next year as advertisers who have been shut out of the cluttered and expensive political landscape return to the market

“This amount of political has caused many advertisers to look at inventory post-election, so demand will continue to be strong afterwards as well,” says Caitlin Zellmann, broadcast buyer at Haworth Marketing + Media…..Cont….


11 2012

The 1Q revenue numbers are in…

WPLG gains access to the Pope, sort of…

(from – A Local 10 crew has gained permission to travel to Cuba later this week for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island nation.

Local 10′s Calvin Hughes and Jen Herrera will travel to Cuba for extensive coverage of the Pope’s visit beginning Friday.

The Local 10 crew is making the trip after a months-long process to obtain permission and visas, which most other stations in the market were refused.

Among the various angles Local 10 will explore are South Florida residents’ pilgrimages to Cuba for the Pope’s visit….Cont….

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03 2012