Posts Tagged ‘wptv’
(from PalmBeachPost.com) – A judge this morning refused a request to lower bail for a former TV weatherman accused of having sex with two teenage boys he met online.
Rob Lopicola, 42, has been held on $130,000 bail since authorities arrested him last month. His public defender, Aaron Ritchey, asked Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp to reduce Lopicola’s bail to $35,000, but Rapp denied the request.
The former WPTV-Channel 5 weekend meteorologist stood silently throughout the hearing and choked back tears as his mother, Roberta Glass, told Rapp she and Lopicola’s father could not afford to pay his bail but desperately wanted him released.
(from PalmBeachPost.com) – Former TV weatherman Robert Lopicola remains in jail this morning after he was arrested Monday on charges of having sexual activities with minors he met through Craigslist.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx set Lopicola’s bail at $130,000 and ordered he have no contact with the alleged victims in the case or anyone under the age of 18 on Wednesday. She also ordered he have no access to the Internet or possess any device that allows him access to the Internet….Cont….
(from WPTV.com) – Former WPTV NewsChannel 5 weatherman Robert J. Lopicola’s first appearance in court has been delayed until Wednesday morning after being arrested Monday on charges related to unlawful sexual activity with minors he met through Craigslist.
Lopicola’s first appearance was delayed so he could obtain a laywer.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Lopicola faces the following charges: one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, one count of lewd and lascivious battery, one count of computer pornography and child exploitation….Cont….
6/15/12 – UPDATE: The demolition of Florida station sets continues! Viewers in the Tallahassee market may notice changes at WCTV. That station now joins WTVJ, WMBB and WPTV in stations that will be introducing a new set in the coming weeks. The station started teasing the demolition of their old set last week on Facebook. Stay tuned!
6/09/12 – UPDATE: Viewers in Miami may notice changes at WTVJ. That station is joining the growing list of Florida stations that are in the process of getting a new set. So far no word on when the new set will be unveiled. Stay tuned!
6/04/12 – Viewers in Panama City and West Palm Beach might notice a big difference when watching their local newscasts. WMBB ABC 13 and WPTV NBC 5 are both currently in the process of renovating their sets. Both stations, which have not had a new set in more than a decade, are temporarily broadcasting from make-shift sets in their news rooms. WMBB and WPTV both have posted pictures of their set demolitions on Facebook. (WMBB on the left….WPTV on the right). So far no dates are set for the new sets to be complete. Stay tuned!
Scroggins began his career at WNCT in Greenville, followed by WZVN in Fort Myers and KSTP in Minneapolis. He also worked briefly at WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, as an assignment editor. He most recently worked as a meteorologist at WeatherNation in Minneapolis….Cont….
(from TVSpy.com) - Michael Garber has been hired as news director at West Palm Beach’s WPTV-WFLX, the stations confirmed to TVSpy today.
Garber has been news director of WTLV-WJXX, the Gannett duopoly in Jacksonville, since 2008. Prior to that, he was news director at WLTX in Columbia, SC and assistant news director at KGUN in Tucson.
Garber begins in West Palm Beach on May 29. He replaces Jeff Brogan, who was promoted to senior director of news strategy and operation for Scripps in March….Cont….
Florida News Center has been on vacation for the past ten days….here is some of what we missed…
(from TVNewsCheck.com) – The E. W. Scripps TV stations group is giving three of its general managers the additional responsibility of overseeing other stations and secondary network affiliates, according to an email from group head Brian Lawlor to employees that was released to the press this morning.
“The promotion of these three great broadcasters will allow Scripps to have more focus on strategic opportunities while growing the Scripps news brands in our 13 markets,” Lawlor wrote.
Ed Fernandez, GM of WXYZ Detroit, will oversee KSHB-KMCI Kansas City and Azteca TV affiliates.
Sam Rosenwasser, GM of WEWS Cleveland, will oversee KJRH Tulsa, Okla., and WMAR Baltimore, as well as the LiveWell affiliates….Cont….
(from TVSpy.com) – Jeff Brogan is leaving his post as news director at WPTV to oversee news strategy and content development for all of Scripps’ 19 stations.
Scripps announced today that Brogan has been named senior director of news strategy and operations. In the role, Brogan will work in tandem with Lana Durban Scott, Scripps’ current senior director of news strategy and operations, on helping the company’s stations develop their content and strategic plans.
Brogan joined WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach, in 2010. The station is now searching for his replacement as news director….Cont….