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May Sweeps: WJXT Comes Out Ahead Once Again in Jacksonville

In Florida, Jacksonville, NBC, Ratings on June 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

WJXT

WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., has again won the ratings war, claiming first in every  weekday timeslot for news in the May period.

The independent station led by 7/10 of a ratings point at 5 a.m.; that lead more than doubled to 1.7 points over WTLV at 6 a.m.

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Longtime Investigative Reporter Comes To Florida After Two-Year Absence In TV

In ABC, Florida, Gannett, Hirings, Jacksonville, NBC on June 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

Steve Wilson (Courtesy: Twitter)

To those who live in the Detroit area, the name Steve Wilson is synonymous with hard-hitting journalism.

Or at least it was until 2010, when Wilson’s contract wasn’t renewed at WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit.

Two years later, he’s making his return to journalism.

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News Director Jumps From Jacksonville to West Palm Beach

In Florida, Gannett, Hirings, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on May 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

Mike Garber (Courtesy: Rick Gevers)

Mike Garber, news director at WTLV/WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, has been hired as ND for WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Industry firm Rick Gevers reports Garber replaces Jeff Brogan, who was promoted to a senior position within the Scripps company.

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North Carolina Weekend Anchor Joins Jacksonville Duopoly As Reporter

In ABC, Florida, Gannett, Hirings, Jacksonville, NBC on May 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

Katie Jeffries (Courtesy: WCTI)

Katie Jeffries will be the new general assignment reporter for WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Media blog TVSpy reports Jeffries’ previous job was at WCTI, the ABC affiliate for the Greenville-New Bern-Washington market in North Carolina.

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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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Post-Collision, Car Narrowly Misses Reporter During Live Shot

In CBS, Florida, Jacksonville on February 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Catherine Varnum (Courtesy: WTEV)

Live shots are supposed to have captivating backgrounds to entertain the audience or supplement the story, but what happened last week to a Jacksonville, Fla., CBS-affiliate reporter could have been much worse.

Florida News Center reports Catherine Varnum, a reporter for WTEV-TV, was finishing up a live shot after the Florida Republican primary Jan. 31, when two cars collide behind her and she’s ushered out of the way as one of the cars gets just feet away from the shot.

Live television at its finest, folks. Video after the jump.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Florida’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, CBS, CW, Florida, FOX, Ft. Myers-Naples, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Mobile-Pensacola, MyTV, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Panama City, Tallahassee-Thomasville, Tampa-St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on January 26, 2011 at 5:48 am

The Sunshine State certainly has its share of TV stations/personnel. Along with California and Texas, it has more media markets than any other state in the U.S.: ten in all.

  • At the top of the list, Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), ranked #13 from this year’s Nielsen compilation. Stations include:  WFLA (NBC), WTSP (CBS), WTVT (FOX), WFTS (ABC) and Bay News 9 (IND). Both WTVT and WFLA compete heavily for the number one newscast in the Tampa market. All major affiliates have high-definition newscasts.
  • Second in line: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, at 16th. Stations include: WFOR (CBS), WTVJ (NBC), WSVN (FOX), WPLG (ABC) and WSFL (CW). All major affiliates’ newscasts are broadcast in high definition.
  • The state’s third Top 25-rated market is Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, at #18. Stations in this market include: WESH (NBC), WKMG (CBS), WFTV (ABC), WRDQ (IND), WOFL (FOX) and Central Florida News 13 (IND). Though heated, WFTV typically wins the ratings war in central Florida. Only WKMG’s newscasts are not in high definition, instead broadcasting in 16:9 standard definition.
  • West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce is #38 on the list, according to Nielsen. Stations in this market include: WPTV (NBC), WPEC (CBS), WPBF (ABC), WFLX (FOX), WTVX (CW) and WTCN (MyTV). WPTV regularly wins the ratings war as the highest-rated station in the market.  All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • Jacksonville follows the list at #48, the fifth Top 50 market in the state of Florida. Stations here include: WJXT (independent), WTLV (NBC), WCWJ (CW), WJXX (ABC), WAWS (FOX) and WTEV (CBS).  WJXT has consistently been first in the ratings war since 2008. All stations have newscasts in high definition.
  • Next on the list is a market that is shared with south Alabama: Mobile-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach). The hyphenated market ranks 59th among Nielsen markets nationwide. Stations include: WEAR (ABC), WKRG (CBS), WALA (FOX), WPMI (NBC) WFGX (MyTV) and WFNA (CW). All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • Slide down three spots, and you come to Ft. Myers-Naples, #62. Stations in this market include: WINK (CBS), WBBH (NBC), WZVN (ABC), WFTX (FOX) and WXCW (CW). WINK has been the dominant ratings leader in the area for decades. Only WFTX does not air newscasts in high definition.
  • Tallahassee-Thomasville shares its market with southeastern Georgia. It’s market No. 106, according to Nielsen statistics. Stations in this market include: WCTV (CBS), WSWG (MyTV), WTLF (CW), WTXL (ABC), WTWC (NBC) and WTLH (FOX). WCTV, WSWG and WTXL broadcast newscasts in high definition.
  • Panama City comes in at No. 154 in the Nielsen rankings. Stations here include: WTVY (CBS), WJHG (NBC), WMBB (ABC) and WPGX (FOX). WTVY leads the ratings war because of a larger coverage area. None of the stations in this market airs high-definition newscasts; WJHG airs newscasts in 16:9 enhanced standard definition.
  • Gainesville is the last market in Florida, at #162. Stations include: WNBW (NBC), WCJB (ABC), WMYG (MyTV), WOGX (FOX) and WGFL (CBS). WCJB leads the market in ratings. WCJB, WNBW, WGFL and WMYG have newscasts airing in high-definition; all of the newscasts are produced by the Independent News Network based in Davenport, Iowa.

(Above updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.

Report: Two Florida TV Stations to Get New NDs

In Florida, Hirings, Jacksonville, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Promotions on January 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

Indiana-based firm Rick Gevers & Associates reports in its weekly newsletter that Stephen Chavarie will replace Sean McNamara as news director for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. McNamara had been the ND at the cable news channel for the last four years.

Farther north in Jacksonville, WJXT-TV is gaining a news director as well. Kathryn Bonfield, currently assistant news director of content for WFLA-TV in Tampa, will replace Maureen Ruddy-Baker.