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Anchor changes at WTSP, WZVN…

Just a day after it was announced that Heather Van Nest was leaving WTSP, the station has already named her replacement.

Dion Lim, who joined the Tampa market station this past January, has been named as the new lead female co-anchor. She will anchor the 6:00 and 11:oopm newscasts at the station.

This change has been apparently in the works for sometime, even as Van Nest’s departure from the station came suddenly. Van Nest’s departure announcement was made on Thursday and by Friday, ads for the new lead anchor team of Reginald Roundtree, Dion Lim and meteorologist Jim Van Fleet were already gracing digital billboards around the Tampa Bay area.

Florida News Center has learned that Dion Lim’s replacement on the 5:00 and 5:30pm newscasts has already been named as well. Courtney Robinson joins the station, coming from Fort Myer’s WZVN.

Robinson joined WZVN in July of 2011, as the station’s new lead female co-anchor.

So, who will replace Robinson at WZVN? Are there any more changes coming to WTSP? Stay tuned…

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10 2014

Heather Van Nest departs WTSP…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – Heather Van Nest has left as an evening news anchor at CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10.

Van Nest posted a message on Facebook Wednesday afternoon thanking her viewers.

“I am excited for new work opportunities that allow for more flexibility in my family life,” she wrote. “Working until midnight with a 1-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and husband at home is not ideal.”

Van Nest had been missing on air for several days, fueling speculation that her contract with the station hadn’t been renewed.

Messages left with the station’s general manager, Elliott Wiser, weren’t returned. Co-anchor Reginald Roundtree said he couldn’t comment. On Wednesday, Van Nest’s photo was quickly removed from WTSP’s website….Cont….

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10 2014

Joe Gumm departs, Ian Reitz joins WTSP…

Florida News Center has learned that WTSP weekday morning anchor Joe Gumm is no longer with the St. Petersburg station. Gumm, has been noticablely missing from morning newscasts from several weeks now, prompting readers of this website to question his whereabouts. His bio was removed from the station website this weekend.

WTSP General Manager Elliott Wiser tells Florida News Center that Gumm is in fact no longer with the station and that the station has already named his replacement. Ian Reitz fills Gumm’s chair on the morninig show, starting September 30th.

Reitz joins WTSP from Nashville’s WSMV where he has been morning anchor for the past three years. Prior to WSMV, Reitz has worked at KGUN in Tucson and KSTM in El Paso.

Gumm joined WTSP in 2012, coming from KOKH in Oklahoma City. He replaced Keith Jones who left the station to join WTVJ in Miami.

 

25

08 2014

WLTV gets a bird…well, sort of…

UPDATE: 07/23/2014 – Our friends at SFLTV.com now report that WLTV’s new “Vision 23″ is in fact, only a vision. The helicopter shown in the promo shot (right) is real, but only serves as a back-up for the other two news helicopter’s in the market (WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s shared “Sky 10.” The decked out bird shown in the promos is the former helicopter from WTSP, but does not exist in its “Vision 23″ form shown (right)

WLTV does have access to a helicopter now, but only because the station has joined the sharing agreement between WPLG, WFOR and WTVJ, with WPLG’s Sky 10. Now four TV stations in one market are sharing the same helicopter, leaving only WSVN as the only station in the Miami market to operate its own helicopter.

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Our friends at SFLTV.com report that Miami Univision affiliate WLTV now has its own news helicopter. The station began running promos several weeks ago, bragging the station’s new toy, dubbed “Vision 23.”

This new bird makes only it only the third TV news helicopter to be used in Miami. WSVN’s “Skyforce 7″ and WPLG’s “Sky 10,” which is shared with comptetitor’s WFOR and WTVJ.

SFLTV.com also reports that the new WLTV helicopter was formerly WTSP’s “Sky 10″ (left). The helicopter could formerly be seen flying over the skies in the Tampa market, until WTSP joined a helicopter sharing agreement with fellow stations WTVT and WFTS. in 2009.

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07 2014

Ginger Gadsden to anchor at WKMG…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WKMG-Channel 6 has found its newest anchor in St. Petersburg.

Ginger Gadsden joins Orlando’s CBS affiliate on June 16. She will co-anchor the station’s new 5:30 p.m. newscast with Matt Austin and solo anchor at 7 p.m. That 5:30 p.m. newscast debuts July 7.

She was a morning anchor at WTSP-Channel 10, the CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, for seven years. She left that station in June last year when her contract was up and told that Tampa Bay Times then that she had tired of the morning shift.

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished journalist. Like her co-anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the news.”….Cont….

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06 2014