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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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Miami Station Selects New Assistant ND From Rival Network

In ABC, Florida, Hirings, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

Chad Matthews (Courtesy: Twitter)

Chad Matthews has been picked as the new assistant news director for WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami, Fla.

TVNewsCheck reports Matthews previously served as the senior executive producer for ABC-owned WABC in New York for the last 12 years.

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Florida NBC O&O Launches New Lifestyle Show

In Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

Roxanne Vargas (Courtesy: WTVJ)

It’s called “6 In The Mix,” and Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ seems to be sparing no expense on the new show’s presentation.

TVNewsCheck reports the show, which is slotted to air weekdays at 11:30 a.m., will be hosted by WTVJ’s own Roxanne Vargas and aims to give viewers a fast-paced look at lifestyle and entertainment options throughout Miami and South Florida.

Want to see video of what viewers can expect? Hint: you probably do.

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Miami Sportscaster Gets Bumped Up To News Anchor

In Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC, Promotions on May 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Adam Kuperstein (Courtesy: WTVJ-TV)

After six years as WTVJ-TV’s sports anchor and reporter, Adam Kuperstein has been moved to the anchor desk at the Miami NBC affiliate.

TV News Check reports Kuperstein joined co-anchor Jackie Nespral last week to anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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Traffic Reporter Let Go At South Florida Station

In Firings, Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Nathalie Pozo (Courtesy: Twitter)

It may not be the reason for her departure, but WTVJ-TV traffic reporter Nathalie Pozo is the first on-air personality to leave the station after a new general manager and news director began working at the NBC Miami affiliate earlier this year.

SFLTV.com reports Pozo had been with WTVJ since March 2010, after being hired from ABC affiliate WPBF in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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Miami Reporter Fired Over Deceptive George Zimmerman 911 Call Edit

In Firings, Florida, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on May 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Jeff Burnside (Courtesy: Facebook/NBC Miami)

NBC has fired veteran WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside over an edit made in the George Zimmerman 911 call, the one placed right before Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

This is the second firing since the internal investigation into these deceptive edits began last month.

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Miami O&O General Manager Leaving the Biz After 25 Years

In Florida, Leaving the Biz, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on January 31, 2012 at 7:48 am

Ardyth Diercks (Courtesy: TVSpy)

Anytime someone’s career in broadcast television lasts more than 20 years, it’s something of a milestone to me.

Why? From what some of these blog’s readers tell me (some of whom work in the industry), it’s an incredibly taxing job, especially for those who work in management. Constant deadlines, constant pressure and constant work make this a “love it or leave it”  profession.

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How Will Comcast Ownership Factor in with NBC O&O’s?

In Comcast, Florida, Graphics, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC, Overhauls on February 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

New KNSD Logo/Branding

Now that Comcast has officially come onboard as the new owners of NBC Universal (and by design, all of NBC’s news properties), questions remain as to what this means for the network’s owned-and-operated affiliates in the country’s major markets.

Broadcasting & Cable reports general managers of those ten stations have already begun talks with Comcast brass in San Diego.

Recently, NBC’s San Diego affiliate KNSD unveiled a new on-air look, which includes taking the station’s call letters or channel number out, in favor of “NBC (INSERT CITY NAME HERE).”

The website NewscastStudio indicated other O&O’s had already done this online, including one in our area (WTVJ in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market), but KNSD is the first to transition its broadcast product to match.

WTVJ Website Logo

Because South TV News covers six states in the southeast, WTVJ is the only O&O in our region. What big changes could be on the way for the station there, as well as the others?

From the B&C article:

“There’s a huge opportunity to work closely with (regional sports channels) SportsNet and (Comcast ad sales division) Spotlight,” says one GM at an NBC owned station. “How we do that will be a big topic of conversation in San Diego.”

An NBC spokesperson told the popular television business website that the meeting itself is nothing unusual; they happen twice a year anyway.

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.

What’s a Former News Anchor to Do Next? Commercials!

In ABC, Florida, Leaving the Biz, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, NBC on January 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

Dwight Lauderdale in an AvMed commercial (Courtesy SFLTV)

Though it’s a little-known fact that those who don’t make it in broadcasting within their first three years usually delve into the public relations/sales/marketing fields as a rebound, SFLTV has an interesting take on what some former news anchors in Florida are doing.

“A reader, several actually, noticed that several former news anchors are now doing television ads that air locally. Since about October 2010 former WPLG lead anchorman Dwight Lauderdale has been the spokesperson for Avmed Medicare. SFLTV readers are now reporting they have seen former WTVJ lead anchor Tony Segreto and former WPLG anchor/reporter Dianne Magnum doing TV commercials, too.”

Guess it’s never too soon to look for other opportunities once the broadcasting world hands you lemons.