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Did Meteorologist Quit Florida Station After Being Passed Over For Chief?

In Florida, Leaving the Biz, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Weather on February 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm
Dave Cocchiarella (Courtesy: News13)

Dave Cocchiarella
(Courtesy: News13)

Meteorologist Dave Cocchiarella, a familiar face in many Orlando households for more than a decade, left Central Florida News 13 last week, according to Florida News Center.

The cable-only station, owned by Bright House Networks, released this short statement:

“Dave Cocchiarella chose to no longer be with News 13. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Speculation about why he left continues, though.

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New Partnership Unites FOX O&Os and AccuWeather

In Affiliate Issues, Florida, FOX, Gainesville, Memphis, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Partnerships, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Tennessee, Weather on June 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

Eleven markets (four in South TV News’ coverage area) with FOX owned-and-operated affiliates will soon have another tool in their arsenal in terms of weather coverage: AccuWeather.

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Tampa Sports Anchor Gets Promotion, Extra Weekend Duties

In ABC, Florida, Promotions, Tampa-St. Petersburg on June 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

Andrew Luria (Courtesy: Twitter)

Weekends are about to get a bit busier for Andrew Luria.

In addition to his job as weekend sports anchor for Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS, Luria will also serve as the station’s weekend news anchor.

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Former Miami Anchor Hired In Tampa “To Help” In Ratings War

In CBS, Florida, FOX, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

Charles Billi (Courtesy: Twitter)

Charles Billi, former Miami news anchor, has now taken a job at Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., CBS affiliate WTSP.

Billi left WSVN in 2011 with 12 years under his belt, saying he wanted to pursue other opportunities.

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Former Tampa Anchor Charged With DUI

In Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Jennifer Holloway (Courtesy: Tampa Bay Times)

Probably a good thing she’s no longer on the anchor desk, right?

Former Bay News 9 anchor Jennifer Holloway was charged Sunday night (May 13) with driving under the influence after being stopped in Fort Meade, Fla., according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Former Tallahassee Anchor Makes Move To Tampa

In ABC, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Gainesville, Hirings, Tallahassee-Thomasville, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

Anne Imanuel (Courtesy: Bay News 9)

Anne Imanuel, former evening anchor at WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., has snagged a job at Bay News 9 in Tampa.

According to her biography on the station’s website, Imanuel is a web anchor/reporter for the independent station, posting reports every weeknight.

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Report: Tampa ABC Affiliate Fires Morning Meteorologist

In ABC, Firings, Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Weather on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

Stephanie Roberts (Courtesy: Tampa Bay Times)

It’s a “personnel matter.”

That’s what WFTS-TV general manager Rich Pegram called last week’s firing of morning meteorologist Stephanie Roberts.

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Longtime Tampa Anchor Dies At 63

In Florida, NBC, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Bill Ratliff (Courtesy: Tampa Bay Times)

Former WFLA-TV morning anchor and managing editor Bill Ratliff has died.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the 37-year broadcast journalism veteran passed away Tuesday, May 8, after complications from surgery.

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Former Boston Anchor Gets New Chance At TV in Florida

In ABC, Florida, Hirings, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Paul Mueller (Courtesy: WGGB-TV)

Paul Mueller, an anchor at ABC affiliate WGGB in Boston until a year ago, has now reappeared on the broadcast news horizon, this time working in Tampa, Fla.

Popular Boston blog btvn reports Mueller started last week for Bay News 9, an independent station in the market. But why did he abruptly quit the business for a year? Alcoholism.

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TV Reporter’s Cause of Death Revealed

In ABC, Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Ken Ward (Courtesy: Facebook)

Authorities have now released the cause of death for Ken Ward, the former morning reporter for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., who was found dead in his home Jan. 4.

As South TV News reported earlier this year, 44-year-old Ward had been gearing up to start in Tampa, Fla., the next week for ABC affiliate WFTS-TV.

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