Five Tampa Stations Roll Out ATSC 3.0

WMOR, WFTS, WFLA, WTSP and WTVT have implemented NextGen TV technology.

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WFTS Tampa Expands Local News

The Scripps ABC affiliate is rolling out seven hours of new newscasts on broadcast and streaming platforms beginning June 3.

WFTS Promotes Sarah Moore To News Director

The Tampa ABC affiliate’s assistant news director takes over the reins at the Scripps news operation. She succeeds Matt Brown, who was promoted to VP-GM of Scripps-owned WTXL  Tallahassee, Fla.

Top 20 Market Social Media Report: Tampa

DMA 13: TAMPA

Longtime WFTS Sportscaster Tom Korun To Retire

After more than 40 years in the business, veteran Tampa Bay sportscaster Tom Korun is ready to retire. He plans to continue his work as sports director for E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS until December. Korun is an award-winning sports journalist, including multiple honors by the Florida Sportscasters Association and the Sunshine State Awards. His […]

Talking With TV’s Top Social Meteorologists

Share Rocket recently crunched numbers to choose the top 10 Social Standout TV station meteorologists. It talked to four of them to ask about how they manage their social accounts and how they have found success.

DMA 11

Florida Pol Asks Tampa Stations To Pull Ad

The state Senate campaign of Democrat Bob Buesing has sent letters to four Tampa TV stations demanding that they quit running a Republican Party ad attacking him, calling it “false, misleading and deceptive.”

Scripps Names Lagrone Fla. Investigative Reporter

Katie LaGrone, an award-winning investigative journalist, is expanding her role for E.W. Scripps to support all three Scripps stations in Florida with original investigative reports, beginning in September. LaGrone, whose title will be Florida investigative correspondent, will continue her investigative work exposing a wide range of consumer injustices, questionable government spending and consumer safety concerns. […]

DMA 11: TAMPA

WFTS Names Teresa Morgan Director of Sales

Scripps promotes her from local sales manager to oversee all selling at the Tampa ABC affiliate.

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

Streaming, Interactive Boosting Weathercasts

Enabled by the emergence of user-friendly platforms like Facebook, Periscope and Google Hangouts, stations are expanding their use of live streaming to complement regular on-air weather coverage and build a community around the coverage.

News Anchor Exodus At Tampa TV Stations

Since October 2014, six anchors across the market have left TV news behind. Between them, they represent more than 140 years on the air in Tampa Bay. They include longtime personalities like Wilson, Gayle Sierens, Denise White and Brendan McLaughlin, who left WFTS earlier this month. Each had been in the Tampa market more than two decades.

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

Longtime WFTS Anchor Brendan McLaughlin Leaving

DMA 11

WFTS Tampa Unveils New Set

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS Adds Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera

Beginning Sept. 3, meteorologist Ivan Cabrera joins Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13). He will be the primary meteorologist for The Now Tampa Bay, weekdays at 4 p.m., and will also work with chief meteorologist Denis Phillips during ABC Action News evening newscasts from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Prior to joining WFTS, Cabrera […]

DMA 13

WFTS Tampa Taps Laura Harris As 5:30 Anchor

Current host of The Now Tampa Bay Laura Harris, will take on additional responsibilities at Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13). Harris has been named co-anchor of ABC Action News at 5:30 p.m. alongside Brendan McLaughlin effective immediately. Harris joined the WFTS ABC Action news team in July 2012. She has spent years […]

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS Names Leslie Pastel Sales Director

Scripps recruits the former sales director of WKYC Cleveland to head up selling at its ABC affiliate in Tampa.

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS Anchor Linda Hurtado Leaving May 29

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), said long-time anchor Linda Hurtado is “leaving local TV news to spend more time with her wonderful family. While it is tough news for us here at ABC Action News, we support her choice and stand behind her.” Her last day will be Friday, May 29. Currently […]

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS Names Matt Brown News Director

Scripps moves him from its KSHB Kansas City to lead the newsroom at its Tampa ABC affiliate.

5 TV Stations To Take Home DuPont Awards

KPNX Phoenix; WFTS Tampa, Fla.; WLTX Columbia, S.C.; and WTSP Tampa, Fla., as well as WNET New York will be honored at the June 20, 2015, ceremony honoring “accurate and fair reporting about important issues that are powerfully told.”

DMA 13

WFTS Tampa Expands Morning Newscasts

On Monday, Jan. 12, Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), will expand its morning newscast. The addition of ABC Action News at 4:30 a.m. and ABC Action News at 9 a.m. will create a morning block of local news, weather and traffic, plus national news. The new morning lineup will be: 4:30-7 a.m. […]

DMA 13

Top Two News Execs Out At WFTS Tampa

News Director Bill McFarland has been fired at the E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Tampa, according to a source inside the TV station who requested anonymity. Assistant News Director Michele Murray also was let go.

DMA 16

WFTS Miami Reporter Finds Missing Boy

DMA 14 (TAMPA-SARASOTA, FL)

Nick Nicholson Named GM Of WFTS

The former GM of KTVK-KASW Phoenix is tapped by Scripps to succeed Rich Pegram as head of the Tampa, Fla., ABC affiliate.

DMA 14

WFTS Tampa To Premiere New Afternoon Newscast

The E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14), is redefining its afternoon news on Sept. 8 with the premiere of The Now Tampa Bay at 4 p.m. The Now Tampa Bay is an original Scripps program that aims to focus “on issues of most interest to news consumers in the Tampa Bay area […]

DMA 14

Rich Pegram Out As GM Of WFTS Tampa

Despite a run of strong ratings at the Tampa ABC affiliate, general manager Rich Pegram has been fired, station insiders confirmed. Executives from owner E.W. Scripps Co. came to Tampa from Cincinnati Wednesday to handle the situation. It’s unclear whether Pegram’s contract was up for renewal or had expired.

DMA 14 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS To Cut Master Control Operations/Staff

Sources say that the Scripps-owned NBC affiliate in Tampa, Fla., will be losing its local master control operations department. Master control operations are being moved to a Scripps corporate central operations hub, based in Minnesota.

DMA 14

Tampa Sweeps: WFTS Tops In Evening And Late

ENG SPECIAL REPORT, PART 1

Bonded Cellular Boosts Local News Horizons

The latest ENG technology is allowing TV stations to go live straight from the heart of breaking news, spurring new opportunity and creativity. Plus, the gear’s inexpensive cost means stations don’t have to flip a coin to decide where to send a satellite truck. And while problems of latency and cellular availabliity exist, its advantages are making a huge difference in how live, local stories get covered.

Ex-WFTS Reporter Alan Cohn To Run For Congress

TAMPA SWEEPS

WTSP, WTVT Score As Tampa Stations Spin Data

TAMPA SWEEPS

Feb. Saw Showdown Between WFTS and WTVT

TAMPA SWEEPS

WFTS Tampa Tops In News In 25-54 Demo

Bill McFarland Named ND At WFTS Tampa

With 20 years of TV news management on this resume, McFarland is joining the Scripps ABC affiliate from the ABC O&Os’ flagship in New York, WABC, where he was assistant news director.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Tampa TV Is Geared Up For GOP Convention

WFLA, WFTS, WTSP and WTVT began planning a year ago to make sure they would be ready when the Republican National Convention gets underway from Aug. 27 to 30. The preparation includes figuring out how to deal with the heavy security that encases political conventions and devising contingencies plans in case that security is breached or if other emergencies arise. Nobody is saying exactly what the extra effort is costing, although one station said its budget is running “north of six figures.”

DMA 14

Meteorologist Shay Ryan Joins WFTS Tampa

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14) has hired meteorologist Shay Ryan to its news team beginning Aug. 13. Ryan joins the morning team of Dan Shaffer, Deiah Riley and Meredyth Censullo weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m. and on ABC Action News at Noon. Ryan was most recently a weather anchor for WNYW […]

DMA 14 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS News Director Doug Culver Leaving

He will be leaving Tampa’s ABC affiliate in two weeks. But he hasn’t even told his GM Rich Pegram where he is going or what job he is taking next, citing confidentiality agreements.

DMA 14 (TAMPA, FL)

WFTS Ups Ashley Glass To Weekend Anchor

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14), named Ashley Glass co-anchor of its Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts. Glass is the station’s weekday morning reporter and fill-in anchor. She has been WFTS since 2010. Glass will join John Thomas and Bill Logan on the weekend morning newscasts. She has two degrees from the University […]

DMA 14 (TAMPA, FL)

Investigative Reporter Alan Cohn Leaves WFTS

DMA 14

Tampa Sweeps: WFTS Up, WTVT Down

DMA 14

WFTS Tampa Meteorologist Stephanie Roberts Gone