Posts Tagged ‘wptv’

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

Kristyn Caddell joins WFTV, puts the past behind her…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WFTV-Channel 9 has a new reporter in Kristyn Caddell, who has worked at stations in West Palm Beach, Seattle and Las Vegas.

Caddell’s personal life also made headlines when the National Enquirer in 2011 revealed that she was having an affair with the married Chris Hansen of “Dateline NBC” and “To Catch a Predator” fame.

In a letter to the National Enquirer last year, Caddell wrote, “Our affair has essentially destroyed my professional career.” She complained to RadarOnline last year of a double standard in news because she couldn’t find a job while her former lover continued to work. Yet NBC didn’t renew his contract last year.

As for WFTV, the station sees potential in Caddell and is interested in her future, not her past….Cont….

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02 2014

Hollani Davis joins WPTV…

(from Roanoke.com) – Hollani Davis, who has been with Roanoke, VA’s WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) since 2006, will anchor her last late-night newscast Thursday, just three years after she was promoted to the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts . She is headed to West Palm Beach, Fla., where she will be a morning anchor for NBC affiliate WPTV.

The move is a step up to a bigger market for Davis. West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce, Fla., is the 38th largest market in the country and has nearly 800,000 television-viewing households, according to the Nielsen Company’s 2013 rankings. Roanoke-Lynchburg is No. 68 and has about 445,000 households….Cont….

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01 2014

Parker/Sanz leaving WPTV/WFLX…

Sources tell Florida News Center that West Palm Beach’s WPTV-TV/WFLX-TV will be losing several staffers.

Morning meteorologist Kait Parker is leaving the station at the end of the month to join The Weather Channel. Parker joined WPTV/WFLX in 2010 from WAKA-TV in Montgomery, AL. So far there is no word on who will replace Parker on the morning show. Stay tuned.

Sources also tell Florida News Center that WPTV/WFLX political reporter Alex Sanz will also be leaving the station and the end of the month. Sanz is taking a reporting correspondent job with the Associated Press. He will be based out of Atlanta, covering the southeastern United States. Sanz came to WPTV from KHOU-TV in Houston

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12 2013

Rob Lopicola sentencing postponed…

(from GossipExtra.com) - The sentencing of pedophile ex-WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola has been postponed!

It was originally scheduled for this morning, but prosecutors and Lopicola’s public defender requested more time to work on it.

“The reason for the postponement is to give both parties more time to prepare for the hearing,” said Mike Edmondson, spokesman for Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Lopicola’s facing 20 years in prison after he was convicted by a jury of lewd and lascivious conduct and computer pornography and exploitation in October. He was cleared of the more serious charge of lewd and lascivious battery….Cont….

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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

Rob Lopicola found guilty, faces up to 20yrs in prison…

(from PalmBeachPost.com) – It took a jury two hours Thursday to convict former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola of two sex charges and acquit him of another for a relationship he had with a 15-year-old boy he met on Craigslist.

The four women and two men returned guilty verdicts for one count each of lewd and lascivious conduct and computer pornography and exploitation. But they acquitted him of a lewd and lascivious battery charge related to claims from a 15-year-old accuser that Lopicola performed a sex act on him when they met near the boy’s west Boca Raton home.

Lopicola, 43, faces up to 20 years in prison when Judge Barry Cohen sentences him Dec. 6….Cont….

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10 2013

Trial begins for Rob Lopicola …

(from WPTV.com) – The jury has been selected in the sex crimes trial against former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola . Two days of questioning brought the jury pool down to six people and one alternate.

Prosecutors say Lopicola had unlawful sexual relations with a 15 year old boy he met on Craigslist in 2010. He faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery and conduct, as well as possession of computer pornography and child exploitation.

Both prosecutors and the defense attorneys had a laundry list of questions for jurors….Cont….

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10 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

Rikki Klaus leaves WPTV, joins WESH…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) - WESH-Channel 2 is adding a reporter from West Palm Beach. Rikki Klaus from WPTV will join the NBC affiliate July 15, news director Bob Longo announced Monday.

Klaus is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in telecommunications and a minor in Spanish.

She has worked as a reporter and an anchor at WHNT in Huntsville, Ala., where she won a regional Murrow Award….Cont….

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07 2013