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Tony Pipitone signs off at WKMG…

Watch the video below as Orlando’s WKMG-TV sends veteran reporter Tony Pipitone off to Miami, with a fond farewell. As Florida News Center previously reported, Pipitone is headed to Miami’s WTVJ, to be closer to his wife, who is executive director of the Miami Herald’s Spanish language newspaper.

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03 2014

More AM news on WTVJ…

(from - NBC-owned WTVJ Miami (DMA 16) announced today that its 4:30 a.m. newscast unveiled during the Olympic Games will become a permanent addition to the weekday morning news block.

“We had an overwhelming viewer response to the 4:30 a.m. newscast we launched during the Olympics and are excited to make it a permanent addition to our lineup,” said Migdalia Figueroa, the station’s VP of news. “We are committed to providing our viewers relevant local news and information when they need it and are pleased they want to start their day with us.”….Cont….



02 2014

Tony Pipitone to depart WKMG, going to WTVJ…

(from Pipitone, one of the finest reporters in Orlando TV history, is leaving WKMG-Channel 6. He will become an investigative reporter next month at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market.

Pipitone, 53, is moving to South Florida primarily for personal reasons, WKMG said.

He will join his wife, Myriam Marquez, who works in South Florida for The Miami Herald. Marquez, a former columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, was named executive editor of the Herald’s Spanish-language daily, el Nuevo Herald, in October.

They commuted for eight years between the two communities. “We made it work, but we always hoped to get under one roof sooner,” Pipitone said in an interview.

Pipitone has worked at WKMG for 26 years….Cont….


02 2014

November 2013 Sweeps – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale…

Our friends at report the following November 2013 ratings results for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale media market. The following results, in the coveted age 25-54 demographics show that WSVN leads nearly every time slot, except the 11:00pm late news race, where WPLG barely squeezes into first place.

6:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. 11:00 P.M.
WSVN 1.42 12.8 WSVN 1.26 5.9 WSVN 1.65 4.5 WPLG 1.64 5.6
WTVJ 1.19 10.7 WPLG .96 4.5   WSVN .91  3.1
WPLG  .81 7.3 WTVJ .79 3.7   WTVJ .88 3.0
WFOR .39 3.5 WFOR .48 2.2   WFOR .75 2.6
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12 2013

Former Miami anchor John Hambrick dies at 73…

(from - Longtime South Florida television news anchor John Hambrick died Tuesday at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was 73. He had been diagnosed in 2012 with lung cancer,which spread to his brain.

Mr. Hambrick came to WTVJ-Ch. 6 in July 1985, replacing the retiring Ralph Renick, the station’s original news anchor. Mr. Hambrick was co-anchor at 6 and 11 p.m. Four years later, he moved to WCIX, now WFOR-Ch. 4

Alan Perris, then-general manager of WTVJ, knew of Mr. Hambrick’s work at WNBC-TV in New York. In spring of 1985, that station did not renew Mr. Hambrick’s contract….Cont….

Check out the promo below from John Hambrick’s tenure at WCIX-TV (now WFOR-TV)


09 2013

Al Sunshine annouces retirement from WFOR…

(from – Al Sunshine has announced his retirement from WFOR.

The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Miami station who celebrated 40 years in broadcasting last year, told TVSPy in an email, “After some 25 years at WCIX/WFOR CBS TV in Miami, I decided to retire. CBS offered me an opportunity to continue reporting here, but were unable to agree on the terms.”

Sunshine started his carer at WTVJ in 1972 when it was the CBS affiliate. He’s also worked at CNN as the acting Miami Bureau Chief and the Dade County Manager’s office.  During his career, Sunshine covered the Miami-based Watergate burglars, the Mariel Boat Lift and the Challenger disaster. He started working at WFOR in 1988 when its call letters were WCIX….Cont….

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07 2013

Roland Steadham back to Miami; to WPLG…

(from – Roland Steadham will be joining Miami ABC affiliate WPLG on August 15.

Dave Boylan, WPLG vice president and general manager, told TVSpy, “We air nine hours of weekend morning news; 4.5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus our weekend morning news ratings are some of the highest ratings for any newscast during the week on any local station. That makes it an important role for a meteorologist at our station.”….Cont….


06 2013

Adam Berg to weather at WTVJ…

(from – Adam Berg is the new weekend evening meteorologist at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in Miami.

Until October, Berg was a meteorologist at The Weather Channel, where he worked for almost 14 years. He began his career as a forecaster and weather briefer for The Weather Network in Toronto.

“Adam’s solid background as a meteorologist will make him a great addition to the NBC 6 Weather team,” vice president of news Migdalia Figueroa said in a statement….Cont….


03 2013

WTVJ does the anchor shuffle…

(from - WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in South Florida, is shuffling weekend and weekday anchors.

Beginning today, Jawan Strader (right #2) replaces Keith Jones (right #1) as co-anchor of the weekday morning newscast. Strader joined WTVJ in August after a decade at rival WFOR, where he was also the morning anchor. At WTVJ, Strader will join Pam Giganti at the anchor desk.

Jones will shift to weekends, where he will take Strader’s place anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday….Cont….

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02 2013

WTVJ teams up with a non-profit for investigations…

(from – NBC-owned WTVJ Miami, (DMA 16) is teaming up with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) to “enhance its local investigative reporting capabilities.” The new partnership between the nonprofit organization and Team 6 Investigators, the station’s new consumer and investigative unit, will include developing stories together, conducting research and investigations and sharing content.

“Since we launched the Team 6 Investigators unit last year, they have been busy enterprising stories and shining a spotlight on issues that affect South Florida,” said Manuel Martinez, WTVJ president-GM. “This new partnership with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will complement our efforts and strengthen our ability to focus attention on more diverse investigations that are important to our viewers and the community we serve.”….Cont….

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01 2013