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New Anchors for Florida Stations Decided While Miami Reporter Gets Big Apple Commitment

In ABC, CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Tampa-St. Petersburg on March 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

Peter Busch (Courtesy: KPHO)

Current Phoenix, Ariz., weekend anchor Peter Busch will soon be moving to the Sunshine State.

TVNewser reports Busch starts as primary anchor for Ft. Myers NBC affiliate WBBH in May.

He will remain on the air at KPHO until then, but that’s not all.

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Assistant ND Skips Ahead 20 Markets, Prepares for Tampa Move

In CBS, Florida, Gannett, Hirings, Tampa-St. Petersburg on March 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

Chris Ford (Courtesy: Twitter)

Chris Ford, assistant news director for the Milwaukee, Wisc., NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV, will soon trade his midwest weather for decidedly sunnier skies.

Ford has been hired as WTSP-TV’s assistant news director, located in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market. It’s also where he grew up, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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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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Memorial Fund Established for TV Reporter Ken Ward

In ABC, Florida, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on January 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

Ken Ward (Courtesy: Facebook)

For the last six days, people have had the chance to donate to a memorial fund in honor of former WSOC-TV reporter Ken Ward, whose sudden death earlier this month still raises questions from authorities.

Ward would have started at the Tampa, Fla., ABC affiliate WFTS-TV just days later.

Qcitymetro reports Ward’s family set up the fund at Wells Fargo Bank. The money raised will go toward paying funeral expenses and memorial fees, among other things.

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Cause of Death Undetermined for Reporter Between Jobs

In ABC, Florida, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on January 8, 2012 at 2:08 am

Ken Ward (Courtesy: Facebook)

Four days before reporter Ken Ward was scheduled to start a job in Tampa, Fla,, his body was found by authorities in his apartment, according to the International Business Times.

Ward had just finished his contract with the Charlotte, N.C.-based ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, and was scheduled to drive to Tampa and start his job at another ABC affiliate, WFTS-TV, last week.

But what caused his abrupt death?

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Shock Jock Brings Radio Commentary to Tampa TV

In CBS, Florida, Ratings, Tampa-St. Petersburg on February 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Bubba the Love Sponge

“Bubba the Love Sponge”–it’s a name hard to forget, even harder to stop listening to, as fans no doubt would testify.

Now those fans who enjoy listening to the shock jock in their cars can find him doing a slightly watered-down opinion on various issues, this time on television.

Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., CBS affiliate WTSP will give Bubba —  once fined hundreds of thousands of dollars by the FCC — a chance to say his piece twice a week on the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

Video after the jump:

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Report: Florida Cities Number Among Nation’s Highest for News Anchor Salaries

In Florida, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Salaries, Tampa-St. Petersburg on February 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

Television news anchors make anywhere from $37K – $97K, according to popular salary research website Payscale.com.

Of the top-ranked cities one needs to target for a high-paying job, only three fall within South TV News’ six-state jurisdiction, and they’re all in Florida.

Miami and Tampa rank fifth and sixth nationally in salaries, respectively. Orlando comes in at #19.

For Miami, news anchors range from $53,000-$119,000. By contrast, Orlando anchors (according to the site) make anywhere from around $50,000-$79,000.

Not exactly mind-blowing news, I suppose, considering there are more Top 50 markets in Florida than any other state in the southeast, but it is rather interesting.

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.