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Dion Lim to the anchor desk at WTSP…

(edited from – WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC) anchor Dion Lim is headed for Tampa’s WTSP-TV, where she’ll anchor the 5 and 5:30p.m. newscasts and report for the 11 p.m. one, she said Friday.

She’ll begin her new job at the end of the month at the Tampa CBS affiliate, ranked 14th among markets by Nielsen for 2012-13. Charlotte ranked 25th.

Lim’s final broadcast at WCNC was Friday….Cont….

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01 2014

Burn, baby, burn: WTSP to air “Yule Log” for 2013…

Tampa’s WTSP-TV has announced that it will air its version of the burning “Yule Log” from 7:00-9:00am Christmas morning. This is the first year that WTSP will air the burning fireplace, a tradition that has was started locally twelve years ago by Tampa 24hour cable news channel Bay News 9. As Florida News Center has reported, Bay News 9 (along with its Orlando area sister channel, News 13) will air their version of the “Yule Log” from 7:00pm-12:00am on Christmas Eve.

The Yule Log tradition was started in 1966, at New York City station WPIX-TV. Click here to learn more about that.


12 2013

Charles Billi gets some national face time on CC….

WTSP-TV anchor Charles Billi received a bit of national face time last night on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Watch the video below for Mr. Billi’s debut at about 3:04 min into the video.


12 2013

WTSP assistant news director is headed to Rochester…

(from - WTSP (Tampa) Assistant News Director Chris Ford is trading in his sun screen for a snow shovel.

Ford is the new News Director at WHEC in Rochester, NY.

Here is the internal memo obtained by FTVLive to the staff at WTSP….Cont….


12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps – Tampa/St. Petersburg…

The November 2013 books for the Tampa/St. Petersburg market have been released. WFTS-TV narrowly beats WTVT-TV for first place in the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00pm news slots. The numbers below demonstrate a virtual tie between WFLA-TV and WTSP-TV for the same time slots. In the late 11:00pm news half hour, WFTS also takes first place with a 2.3 rating, followed by WTSP (1.4), WFLA (1.1), WTVT (1.1), and Bay News 9 (0.6).

A press release from WFTS boasts that the November 2013 results “mark over 20 months in a row” that WFTS has “won the 24-54 demography in the evening and late newscast” time slots. WFTS started an upward trend in these ratings time slots during 2011.

Ratings for morning and noon results were not available at the time of this publication. However, if trends have stayed the same expect for WTVT, WFLA, and Bay News 9 to lead these time slots, followed by WFTS and WTSP. Stay tuned for more results.

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12 2013

WTSP to open Sarasota newsroom…

(from – WTSP, Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate announced the opening of a new newsroom dedicated to serving Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The 10 News Sarasota Newsroom will be located inside WSRQ 106.9 FM and 1220 AM, the news/talk radio stations located in downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota reporter Isabel Mascareñas, along with 10 News photojournalist Tim Burquest will be based in the newsroom, allowing 10 News to quickly cover breaking news and events in the Sarasota area.  “Our commitment is to thoroughly cover news in our entire Tampa Bay market”, said WTSP News Director Peter Roghaar.  “There are a lot of great things happening in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton and we want to make sure we are providing news coverage every day.  Isabel and Tim live in Sarasota and are passionate about reporting in their hometowns. Partnering with WSRQ and its strong local ownership is a win-win.”….Cont…


11 2013

UPDATE: WTSP bails from Tampa LNS, staff shuffled…

UPDATE: 10/24/13 9:25am – In response to our inquiries, WTSP-TV VP/GM Elliott Wiser explains what is happening with the LNS and WTSP. The local news sharing agreement that WTSP, WFTS, and WTVT have participated in since 2009, “had expired back in 2012.” Since the expiration of the LNS, WTSP (WTVT/WFTS) has continued to participate in the sharing of video/resources, Ad hoc until this past month. Wiser explained that the current LNS situation was “just not working” for the station.

On the lay-off of WTSP staffers, Wiser explains that the LNS positions (of which the three photographers had been part of) are no longer needed. However, those positions are being “repurposed in the newsroom.” While technically those three photographers are currently without a position with the station, Wiser tells FNC that they were all offered “and encouraged” to apply for the new newsroom positions. As for Tallahassee bureau reporter Dave Heller, who is a freelancer, he will continue to be used as needed.

As for the helicopter, Wiser explains that WTSP will still be participating in the sharing of the WFTS operated, generic “NEWS” helicopter. This part of the LNS agreement is separate from the video/resource LNS mentioned above. Stay tuned for any further changes.


10/23/13 – 20:45 – Multiple sources tell Florida News Center that Tampa’s WTSP-TV is bailing from the local news sharing (LNS) agreement between the station, WTVT-TV and WFTS-TV. The order came from new VP/GM Elliott Wiser, who joined the station this past June from Bright House Networks/Bay News 9.

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10 2013

The most annoying sound in the world….

Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? It’s “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” by Blood, Sweat & Tears…..just kidding! Check out this YouTube video from WTSP reporter Beau Zimmer, as a malfunctioning microwave mast alarm makes the drive back to the station quite annoying.


10 2013

A suspect is shot LIVE on TV – to air, or not to air…

Friday morning and into the early afternoon proved to be a tense day for those living in north Tampa and for local Tampa television stations. Late last night 24 y/o man was believed to have committed several home invasions, sexual assaults and robberies. Authorities spotted the suspect driving around noon time, resulting in a spin out of the car and shoot-out after.

As the chase went on, local stations began to feed into the areal video from the single helicopter shared by local stations WTSP, WFTS and WTVT. (These stations have shared a helicopter and its video feeds since 2009). WTVT picked up the video live, just as the shoot out began (check out that video below), while WFTS and WTSP cut away from the video as those shots began. WFLA, who has its own helicopter recorded the video live, but did not air the shooting live. Surprisingly, WTVT aired the shooting video multiple times during its noon newscast, while other local stations opted to not show that video at that time.

Sources from multiple local stations tell Florida News Center that the decision to air the shooting video was either an split second decision, or one that caught the stations off guard (in the case of WTVT below). However, by the 5pm show all of the local stations were showing the shooting video during newscasts.

Local 24hour cable channel Bay News 9 did not record the chase and shoot out as it happened. However, they did catch the suspect riding in to the ambulance as it was police escorted to Tampa General Hospital. BN9 followed the caravan right up to the emergency room entry.

 Check out the raw feed from the LNS helicopter (WFTS, WTSP, WTVT) , HERE!

Check out the WFLA helicopter view HERE!



09 2013

WTSP studios hit by lightning strike…

Wednesday afternoon produced water spouts, severe winds, flooding rains and intense lightning for television viewers around the Tampa Bay area. WTSP-TV was not immune to this severe weather as their St. Petersburg studios were hit by a lightning strike at about 5:02pm this afternoon. The strike knocked the station signal off of the air and caused video errors for a few minutes, as station broadcasting systems and other hardware rebooted. WTSP anchor Charles Billi confirms to viewers what (we) had previously assumed in the video below…

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06 2013