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Comings and Goings…

Brian Jackson (left) joins Jacksonville independent station WJXT as the the station’s new sports reporter and weekend anchor.

Jackson comes from Washington, D.C. where he worked at Comcast SportsNet. He joined the cable-only regional sports network as an intern, but was eventually hired on as a production assistant. He worked his way up over the last ten years as a producer, reporter, host and sideline reporter.


WKMG reporter Evan Lambert (right) is leaving the Orlando station. He is headed down Interstate 4 to Tampa’s WTVT, where he will also serve as a general assignment reporter.

He joined WKMG in 2012.


06 2015

Eric Seidel is running for office, nets early ca$h….

(edited from – Consumer attorney and former television personality Eric Seidel has announced healthy fundraising numbers in his campaign for Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Seidel, 52, a longtime consumer lawyer for Tampa Fox affiliate WTVT-Channel 13, raised more than $30,000 in his campaign’s first month, despite any organized fundraising efforts. He is the first Republican and only legal professional so far in the race. Term-limited Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner has also filed to run as a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015

A rare sight in TV news…

Check out this picture below that I took at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry’s Hurricane Expo this weekend. The chief meteorologists from all five Tampa market stations were at the event to discuss the upcoming hurricane season and answer questions. Yours truly wrangled these guys all together for a rare photo opportunity after the Q&A. Thanks to all five for chatting and for humoring me.

From left to right Mike Clay (Bay News 9), Denis Phillips (WFTS), Paul Dellegatto (WTVT), Jim Van Fleet (WTSP), Steve Jerve (WFLA)


05 2015

WOFL gets a new set…

Orlando’s WOFL unveiled their new set this afternoon. The new set (in “Studio A”) features a curved video wall that frames the main news desk and serves as a visual and story background for the anchors. The new also features a new weather set, morning show/interview set, and an on set video/story production area that mimics those used on the mother ship at the Fox News Channel.

The new set was designed and built by Central Florida based Fx Design Group. Insiders tell Florida News Center to expect a similar new set coming to Tampa’s WTVT, just in time for fall sweeps – Stay tuned!

While the previous WOFL set is now history, the station retains its FOX O&O corporate graphics and music package.

Check out the video tour below and more c/o

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04 2015

Former WTVT reporter Warren Elly dies at 64…

Florida News Center is sad to report that former WTVT reporter Warren Elly has lost his battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.

Elly joined WTVT in 1982 and spent nearly thirty years at the Tampa station as a reporter. He reported on the police, crime, courts, justice, politics and his favorite, the space program. He was the station’s go-to reporter on anything space and attended nearly every space shuttle launch representing the station. He retired in 2011 to spend more time with his family.

Although he had left WTVT, Elly was still a fixture in Tampa area media. He co-hosted and hosted a radio program on NPR public radio station, WMNF-FM in Tampa.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with cancer. He shared his battle on his blog “The Way Forward”, even the difficult decision to stop chemotherapy. His last blog posting was on March 24th. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2015