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New Reporter Advances in Florida TV By Heading North

In Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne on May 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

Stephanie Kolp (Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel)

Stephanie Kolp’s new job keeps her in Florida, but she’s moving up to a Top 25 market in the process. Kolp currently works as a reporter for WBBH, the NBC affiliate in Ft. Myers.

As of next month, though, she’ll be working in Orlando for WESH-TV.

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Former Orlando News Anchor Defends Trayvon’s Shooter

In Florida, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne on March 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

Joe Oliver appearing on CNN Tuesday

Joe Oliver, who viewers in Orlando may remember as a former WESH anchor, has been speaking out to national and cable news organizations about the Trayvon Martin shooting incident.

Oliver, who worked at the Orlando NBC affiliate from 2004-2007, said he was not playing the role of “George [Zimmerman’s] black friend” in this case.

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Orlando ABC Affiliate Grabs First in February Despite Lackluster Primetime

In ABC, Florida, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Ratings on March 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

WFTV

In the race to win first among television stations, February tends to be a fickle month. Depending on who gets the rights to the Grammys, the Super Bowl — even “NCIS” can sway primetime and local news viewership as well.

That DIDN’T happen in Orlando, though. WFTV, the ABC affiliate for the market, placed first in most local news categories, TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports.

From his Orlando Sentinel blog:

WFTV scored both in households and in the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers. WFTV did get some late help from Charlie Sheen, who appeared in a special “20/20″ Tuesday night.

The most intriguing race, at least to this observer, was 11 p.m. weeknights. In the 25-to-54 age group, WFTV drew 31,200 viewers to WKMG’s 26,800, WESH-Channel 2’s 22,000 and WOFL’s 16,100.

WFTV drew a higher margin of total viewers during its 6 p.m. newscast, but for household ratings, it nearly doubled WESH’s 53,700, reporting 96,500 viewers at 5 p.m.

And that’s in the midst of American Idol.

Not an easy feat.

Former WESH Anchor Bares Most for Good Cause

In Florida, NBC, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne on February 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

Courtesy: WESH

There’s leaving the biz — and then there’s leaving the biz.

No doubt former WESH 2 News anchor Wendy Chioji knows the distinction, as she’s posing in her bathing — not birthday — suit.

But it’s for a good cause.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Chioji is posing for the Calendar for Conquering Cancer. She’s also a breast cancer survivor.

She and 17 other women posed for the calendar. All are over the age of 40, with Chioji herself at 49.

Video (and the calendar link) 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.