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Two South Florida Stations Getting Studio Facelifts

In Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC, Overhauls, Upgrades, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on June 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

WPTV Set Construction (Courtesy: Facebook)

WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., and WTVJ in Miami are both undergoing studio set renovations right now.

For WPTV, the change couldn’t come soon enough; SFLTV.com reports the old set had been there since the turn of the millenium.

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Longtime Florida Sports Director To Leave The Business

In CBS, Florida, Leaving the Biz, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on June 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

Pat Murphy (Courtesy: WPEC-TV)

For more than a decade, WPEC-TV’s Pat Murphy served as the station’s sports director.

Sometime this summer, he’s decided to end a 17-year career with the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate.

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Florida Reporter Takes Baltimore Over West Palm Beach

In CBS, Florida, Hirings, NBC, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on May 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Rochelle Ritchie (Courtesy: WPTV-TV)

Chicago native and West Palm Beach reporter Rochelle Ritchie has accepted a position at the CBS owned-and-operated station WJZ in Baltimore, Md.

According to her station biography, Ritchie had been with WPTY, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, since 2009.

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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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West Palm Beach Station Hires New Weekend Meteorologist

In Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Weather, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on May 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

Bay Scroggins (Courtesy: Twitter)

Bay Scroggins, a former meteorologist at WeatherNation TV in Minneapolis, has started work at West Palm Beach, Fla., NBC affiliate WPTV.

According to his station bio, Scroggins started at the station last month. He will serve as the weekend morning meteorologist.

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South Florida Native Becomes Newest North Mississippi Reporter

In CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Florida, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Mississippi, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on May 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

Jennifer Ortega (Courtesy: Official Site)

West Palm Beach, Fla., native Jennifer Ortega has been hired by CBS affiliate WCBI-TV as the station’s newest reporter.

She fills the spot left open when former reporter Joe Barnes jumped markets and stared reporting for WLBT-TV in Jackson, Miss.

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West Palm Beach Stations Get Former Jacksonville ND

In Florida, FOX, Gannett, Hirings, Mobile-Pensacola, NBC, Raycom, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on May 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Michael Garber will be the next news director for WPTV-WFLX, NBC and FOX stations respectively, in the West Palm Beach, Fla., market.

TV News Check reports he will replace Jeff Brogan, who was bumped up to a senior management position at E.W. Scripps in Cincinnati.

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Florida Reporter’s New Job Takes Him Farther East

In CBS, Florida, Ft. Myers-Naples, Hirings, NBC, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Joshua Repp (Courtesy: WBBH-TV)

Joshua Repp, reporter for WBBH in Ft. Myers, Fla., will soon be taking a new job within the broadcast television industry, but he won’t be traveling that far to fill it.

The News-Press reports Repp leaves the NBC affiliate for WPEC-TV, the CBS station in the West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce market.

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Is 55 Too Old for TV News, Even if It’s Working for Your Rival?

In ABC, Florida, NBC, Ratings, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce on February 19, 2011 at 2:21 am

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Laurel Sauer (Courtesy: WPBF)

In the world of today’s high-definition, younger skewed broadcasting industry, is there any room for an on-air personality half a decade from 60?

You’re probably saying sure, if it’s a man, because the glass ceiling for anchors and reporters tends to end sooner for women than for the opposite sex.

But according to the Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce station WPBF is betting on Laurel Sauer, and betting big: she’s currently doing special reports for the station during the February sweeps period.

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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.