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VIDEO: An emotional story impacts Russell Rhodes…

Check out the video below from this morning’s “Good Day Tampa Bay.” WTVT anchor Russell Rhodes becomes overwhelmed by a touching story. Watch below…


06 2013

Leaving WTVT/WOFL…

WTVT reporter Jeremy Campbell reported his last newscast on the Tampa station this evening. Campbell is leaving WTVT to join Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. He joined WTVT as a multimedia journalist in 2010.


Our friends at report that WOFL reporter Chase Cain has left the Orlando station. Cain is leaving WOFL and Orlando to follow his partner, who was relocated, to the west coast. Cain told NewsBlues that “Fox supported my decision, and we parted ways on good terms.”


06 2013

FNC on YouTube: “The most famous woman in Florida…”


06 2013

WFTS/WTVT lead in May books…

(from – Looks like St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 won May’s competitive “sweeps” ratings period, according to a press release pronouncing it “Tampa Bay’s most-watched television station.”

But hold on. Across the pond, Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 claims to be “the dominant source overall in key adults” during early newscasts.

And Tampa ABC station affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 trumpets a “historic change in Tampa Bay area TV news,” noting it has beaten all other late night newscasts among the most sought after viewers for the third year in a row.

Welcome to the most popular sport after a “sweeps” ratings period; citing ratings data which makes your channel look good as possible….Cont….

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05 2013

Feb 2013 books show a battle between WTVT/WFTS…

(from – Once upon a time, local NBC station WFLA-Ch. 8 and Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 duked it out for supremacy in local TV ratings, with the Fox-owned station slowly growing more dominant as NBC’s ratings woes multiplied.

But February’s “sweeps” ratings period confirmed a transition which hit home in November, as ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 has risen to compete with WTVT among key viewers aged 25 to 54, winning early evening and late night news time periods.

Last month, Fox 13 ruled the mornings, with the advantage tipping to ABC Action News in early evening and at 11 p.m. Fox also won at 4 p.m. and in prime time, due to the strength of Judge Judy and American Idol….Cont….

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03 2013

The Tampa media market starts off 2013 slow….

(from - As a large market in a swing state, Tampa’s media economy enjoyed a strong 2012 boosted heavily by political ad spending. First-quarter spending was especially strong last year because of the early Florida primary.

And so, like many other cities with strong election spending last year, this post-election year has started more slowly for Tampa.

Still, buyers say spending will begin to pick up in March and last through at least early summer. Media people hoping to get their clients on the air during those months should move quickly.

Demand and pricing on Tampa TV are down slightly so far in 2013, which was expected….Cont….

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01 2013

Andy Johnson anchors his final weekend on WTVT…

Sunday’s 6 and 10pm newscasts signaled the end of an era for WTVT and veteran meteorologist Andy Johnson. The meteorologist anchored his final weekend newscast on the Tampa station. While his final (official) day at the station is February 1st (next Friday), WTVT decided to prepare a tribute video for the Sunday evening newscasts.

As Florida News Center reported, Johnson announced several weeks ago that he would be retiring after 33 years with WTVT. A life-long resident of the Tampa Bay area, Johnson joined the station in 1979 after graduating from Florida State University. Watch the tribute video below c/o of FNC on YouTube….


01 2013

Wx veteran Andy Johnson to depart WTVT…

WTVT veteran meteorologist Andy Johnson announced today that he will be retiring from the Tampa station, after thirty three years. A native of Tampa, Andy grew up watching WTVT and eventually joined the station in August of 1979. He posted the following message on his Facebook page earlier today:

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my intention to retire from WTVT after 33 years serving the Tampa Bay Area. I am fortunate to have been blessed with having worked with such professional colleagues and followed by such loyal viewers. Being a meteorologist for WTVT was a childhood dream of mine, which I was able to fulfill. Tampa is my home and always will be. So, if you see me around town, please say “Hi”!

So far there is no word on if Johnson’s departure was his choice or if he was forced out. We here at Florida News Center are assuming the later, for the further blond-i-fication of Fox and its stations. Johnson did not give any word on what he will do after retiring from WTVT. Stay tuned for any further information.

As someone who grew up watching Tampa TV news, I always hate to see the veterans go. Good luck to Andy Johnson in all of his future endeavors and kudos on a fantastic career!


01 2013

November ratings books for Tampa/St. Pete…

(from – It was an odd November “sweeps” period, kicked off by the impact of superstorm Sandy in the world’s biggest media center and concluding one day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

But the biggest upset may have come in results for the Tampa Bay area TV stations, as ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 rose to take the top spot among viewers 25 to 54 at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., notching increases in ratings ranging from 40 percent to 113 percent.s….Cont….

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12 2012

WFTS makes gains in November 2012 books…

(edited from WFTS Press Release) – WFTS-TV won the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. M-F news competition in the highly sought after Adult 25-54 and Women 25-54 demographics for November 2012. November marked the first time WFTS won all three early evening newscasts in A25-54.


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11 2012