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Anchorman-Style “Street Fight” Kicks Off Today For Florida Journalists

In Florida, Jacksonville on February 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

Papa Burgundy lays down the ground rules. (Courtesy: DreamWorks Pictures)

What’s better than watching the “street fight” scene in Anchorman?

How about re-enacting one, complete with costumes and tridents?

Well, it won’t be a scene-for-scene, line-for-line copy, but today’s “News Room Street Fight” will feature television, print and radio journalists from the Jacksonville, Fla., market participating in a charity dodge ball tournament, where proceeds will go toward the city’s police athletic league.

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Florida Investigative Reporter Gets Free Pass on Trespassing Charge

In ABC, Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale on February 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

Bob Norman (Courtesy: WPLG-TV)

Bob Norman, an investigative reporter with Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV, will not have to worry about paying a fine or spending a few days in jail.

And he’s got the Broward County State Attorney’s Office to thank for that.

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Longtime Tennessee TV and Radio Personality Betty Mac Dies

In CBS, Chattanooga, Obits, Tennessee on February 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

Betty "Mac" McCullough Thomas in 1964 (Courtesy: WRCB)

If you grew up in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area from the 1950s through the 1980s, chances are you either saw or heard longtime news and radio personality Betty “Mac” McCullough Thomas.

She died Tuesday at the age of 84.

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LIN TV Will Pull Florida, Rhode Island Stations From Cox Lineup Unless It Gets More Money

In Alabama, CBS, COX Communications, CW, Florida, FOX, LIN Media, Mobile-Pensacola, Retransmission on February 24, 2012 at 4:36 am

LIN Television Corporation will pull four stations from cable provider Cox Communications unless the two can negotiate a new retransmission agreement by March 1.

FierceCable reports the cable company will lose Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla., FOX affiliate WALA-TV and CW affiliate WFNA-TV, according to statements already posted to the stations’ websites.

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Florida Station Launches 24-Hour News Channel

In CBS, Comcast, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, HD on February 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

WINK News Now (2012 Logo)

After the digital conversion nationwide, many stations began to realize they could actually air additional channels in the same bandwidth offered by high-definition.

Some used that to air mostly self-contained affiliates that appeal to niche segments of the population.

But Ft. Myers, Fla., station WINK-TV has taken the initiative to launch a second channel.

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One Huntsville Station Loses A Reporter, Another Gets A New Meteorologist

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, Florida, FOX, Hirings, Huntsville-Decatur, NBC, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Weather on February 22, 2012 at 6:23 am

Eric Sollman (Courtesy: WAFF)

Huntsville news personality Eric Sollman will soon be moving from Huntsville, Ala., to Tampa, Fla.

TVNewser reports the current general assignment reporter and 4 p.m. anchor for NBC affiliate WAFF will be joining the staff of cable  news television station Bay News 9.

Sollman had been with WAFF since 2006.

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Dropping From Tampa to Ft. Myers: New Job Gives Florida Reporter More Airtime

In ABC, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, Promotions, Tampa-St. Petersburg on February 22, 2012 at 4:30 am

Jeff Butera (Courtesy: WFTS)

Jeff Butera, a general assignment reporter at Tampa ABC affiliateWTFS-TV, is leaving the station because he’s gotten a promotion of sorts.

TVNewser reports Butera will be the new primary anchor at WZVN in Ft. Myers.

That higher-profile job comes at a price, though.

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Shreveport Anchor Gets Promoted To Mornings

In CBS, Louisiana, Promotions, Shreveport on February 22, 2012 at 2:02 am

Denise Middleton (Courtesy: KSLA)

Denise Middleton, an anchor with Shreveport, La., CBS affiliate KSLA, is being promoted to morning and noon anchor, her agency said this week.

TVNewser reports Middleton is represented by The NWT Group.

There’s no word yet on when the Texas native will make the shift.

Congratulations, Denise!

Exclusive: Former Huntsville Chief Met Discusses Move to Maryland, Part Two

In Alabama, CBS, Editor's Desk, Exclusive, Hirings, Huntsville-Decatur, Interviews, Weather on February 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

Dan Satterfield (Courtesy: WHNT)

Today, we continue the South TV News interview with former WHNT-TV chief meteorologist Dan Satterfield and his new job at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Md., which begins next month.

Satterfield was gracious enough to let me ask him several questions about his new venture and his approach to meteorology after 32+ years in the field.

Part Two of our interview continues after the jump.

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Veteran Louisiana Newsman Decides To Leave the Biz

In Arkansas, CBS, Leaving the Biz, Louisiana, Monroe-El Dorado, NBC on February 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

John Denison (Courtesy: KNOE-TV)

After nearly three decades in the homes of many in northeastern Louisiana, KNOE-TV anchor John Denison will be leaving the station at the end of the month.

The News Star reports Denison first joined the CBS affiliate for the Monroe, La.-El Dorado, Ark. market in 1981, working there for 11 years. He then joined rival NBC affiliate KTVE-TV and worked as a news anchor there for 7 years.

Throw in a three-year break to work for non-profit agencies, and a re-hire by KNOE 9 years ago, and you have quite the history for the 55-year-old Denison.

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