Matt Parcell, who has been news director at Cox’s WFTV Orlando, Fla., since August 2012, announced Wednesday that he will retire. Parcell made his announcement at a station meeting. The ABC affiliate will seek a replacement by posting the job, and Parcell will stay until the new news director arrives. Parcell estimated that he could leave in mid-January.
New TV job openings posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include opportunities at stations owned by Gray, NBC, Meredith, Cox and Graham in Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio and the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area of Michigan.
Cox’s WFTV Orlando is at the cutting edge of field transmission, using streaming cameras on vehicles that can be remotely controlled by a tech back at the station and transmitting over a 4G link. As more stations want that kind of capability, vendors are responding with bonded cellular and other wireless gear to improve efficiencies and connectivity and are working to include high-speed 5G wireless technology.
He joins the Orlando ABC-indie duo from a 16-year stint at the company’s Tampa, Fla., radio division.
Cox Media Group’s WFTV has a comfortable lead among local media outlets on social according to Shareablee data, while Fox O&O WOFL pulls ahead in overall fans/followers. WFTV’s news director says the market’s penchant for viral stories — plus an embrace of Facebook Live — is helping buoy its social efforts.
Todd Ulrich has been consumer reporter for 25 of his 33 years at Cox Media’s Orlando, Fla., ABC affiliate. He’s the longest-serving TV reporter in the market.