Posts Tagged ‘wptv’

The Scripps axe swings at WFTS…

The Internet has been a-buzz this week, as rumors circulate about massive lay-offs coming for Scripps owned stations. Well today is the day. TVSpy.com is reporting that Scripps stations out west have indeed started to lay off workers at its stations in San Diego, Denver and Phoenix.

However, sources tell Florida News Center that the West Coast stations were not the only ones impacted today. The Scripps axe came down at Tampa’s WFTS this morning. The station’s Chief Engineer, a manager and several producers were let go. Some of those let go were offered other positions at the station and/or at other Scripps stations.

Insiders tell us while just a handful of people were officially let go, many more engineers and production staff are being forced to reapply for their jobs. Now staff are bracing for a second round of lay-offs, after all of these re-applications are being reviewed. Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2015

The FCC approves Scripps-Journal merger…

On Friday the FCC approved the applications of Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Co., authoring a merger of the two media companies.

           

The merger deal will move all of Journal’s television and radio station licenses over to Scripps, giving Scripps control over all of the broadcast properties. In Florida, Scripps stations WFTS in Tampa and WPTV in West Palm Beach will gain another sister station, Journal’s WFTX in Fort Myers. Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2014

Former WPTV Met Rob Lopicola is in trouble, again…

(from GossipExtra.com) – When he’s done serving his 56-month sentence for having sex with underage boys, former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola could be facing much more time behind bars — up to 25 YEARS!

And this time, he’ll be dealing with federal prosecutors who say that a telemarketing company he worked for in 2009 bilked thousands of unsuspecting timeshare owners out of $14.5 million!

It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Lopicola was quietly indicted by a federal grand jury in East St. Louis, Illinois, in connection with the alleged scam.

Lopicola, 44, was officially charged with felony conspiracy to commit wire fraud while serving his sex-crime time at the mid-level security Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami….Cont….

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09 2014

Dan Wilson named as N/D at WPTV…

WPTV has named Dan Wilson as news director of West Palm Beach station.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ

//hattip to FTVLive.com

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08 2014

Scripps and Journal shuffle operations….

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) – The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The new Scripps broadcast company will become the 11th largest TV station group (including Tampa’s WFTS, West Palm Beach’s WPTV, and Fort Myer’s WFTX), according to the TVNewsCheck/BIA/Kelsey ranking, which is based on TV revenue.It will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes. It will also operate 35 radio stations in eight markets, all former Journal properties.

         

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07 2014