DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WSVN Goes Bigger, Bolder With New Set

Sunbeam Fox affiliate WSVN Miami has been teasing viewers with cryptic promos: “Something BIG is coming.” And for the past few weeks, anchors have been working against a green screen to hide what’s happening at the news studio. Here’s the scoop: The station is completing “a massive overhaul” of its news set — the first since debuting its working newsroom concept, “the newsplex,” in 1994, says Alice Jacobs, WSVN’s VP of news. It makes its debut March 8.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WSVN Goes Bigger, Bolder With New Set

Sunbeam Fox affiliate WSVN Miami has been teasing viewers with cryptic promos: “Something BIG is coming.” And for the past few weeks, anchors have been working against a green screen to hide what’s happening at the news studio. Here’s the scoop: The station is completing “a massive overhaul” of its news set — the first since debuting its working newsroom concept, “the newsplex,” in 1994, says Alice Jacobs, WSVN’s VP of news. It makes its debut March 8.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

Longtime Sunbeam Exec Bob Leider Retiring

His last day is Sept. 1, but Leider will consult the three-station group, which is owned by Ed Ansin and comprises Fox affiliate in Miami and NBC and CW affiliates in Boston. Boston GM Chris Wayland has been tapped to step up when Leider steps down.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Local News Competition Heats Up In Miami

With WSVN still No. 1, WTVJ and WPLG are adding newscasts, and personnel. “The market is as competitive as it’s ever been,” says WTVJ GM Larry Olevitch. “We have English-language stations battling it out on one side. Spanish-language stations are battling it out for their audiences. And we’re all fighting the fact that consumers can get news wherever they want it.”

DMA 16

WSVN Miami Fixture Derek Hayward Resigns

Court Ruling Could Aid Nielsen Arbitron Buy

In a little-noticed case, a federal appeals court in Florida ruled that Sunbeam Television-owned WSVN Miami didn’t have standing to sue Nielsen for monopolizing the ratings market because it could not show that any rival, including Arbitron, is ready to compete with Nielsen. If Arbitron has no plans to compete against Nielsen, the merger will likely be approved, sources say.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

After 50 Years, WSVN’s Ansin Keeps Blazing Trails

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

More News Turns Out To Be Good News

With news volume at stations increasing overall, the most prolific news producing stations across the country, including many Fox O&Os and affiliates, are finding that making that major commitment — some with 60 hours a week or more — is bringing big benefits to both their bottom lines and brands while strengthening their ties to the community. Says WJBK Detroit News Director Dana Hahn: “For our viewers, it doesn’t matter what time you’re heading out to work or whether you’re sleeping late. We are going to be there for you.”

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

Alexis Rivera In, Richard Lemus Out At WSVN News

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

Alexis Rivera Joins WSVN’s ‘Today In Florida’

Alexis Rivera has been named co-anchor of Today In Florida, the 5-10 a.m. news block on Sunbeam’s Fox affiliate WSVN Miami (DMA 16). Rivera joined the station in April 2011 as a general assignment reporter and immediately became a fill-in anchor for the morning news. She will join anchors Christine Cruz and Diana Diaz along with […]

DMAS 7 (BOSTON) & 16 (MIAMI)

Sunbeam, DirecTV Reach Retrans Pact

The owner of WSVN Miami and WHDH and WLVI Boston signs a carriage deal with the satellite TV provider, avoiding a Super Bowl blackout.

RETRANS WARS: DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WSVN To Air NFC Championship On DirecTV

Sunbeam said that despite not having a reached a retrans deal yet, it will let the satellite provider carry its Miami Fox affiliate’s coverage of the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers game this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. as well as the pre-game show at 6 p.m., the post-game show, American Idol and a late edition of its local news that night.

RETRANS WARS: DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WSVN Miami, DirecTV Still Slugging It Out

The scorched-earth financial battle between Sunbeam Television’s Fox affiliate and DirecTV continued Wednesday, with WSVN blacked out for a fifth straight day on the satellite provider, and no cease-fire in sight.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/18/2596172/wsvn-directv-still-slugging-it.html#storylink=cpy

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

Ex-WSVN Reporter’s Age-Bias Win Reversed

RETRANS WARS: DMA 16 (MIAMI)

New Talks In WSVN-DirecTV Retrans Dispute

The Sunbeam-owned Miami Fox affiliate and DirecTV negotiated directly Tuesday for the first time since the Fox affiliate cut its link to the satellite programming service at midnight Friday in a retransmission consent dispute.

RETRANS WARS: DMAS 7 (BOSTON) & 16 (MIAMI)

Still No Deal Between DirecTV, Sunbeam

Football and showbiz fans in Boston and Miami took a hit Sunday as a carriage dispute between DirecTV and Sunbeam Television left subscribers unable to view the Packers-Giants NFL playoff game and then the Golden Globes broadcast by Sunbeam’s WHDH Boston and Fox affil WSVN Miami.

RETRANS WARS

Sunbeam, DirecTV In Retrans Dispute

Fox affiliate WSVN Miami and NBC affil WHDH Boston could disappear from DirecTV satellite television dishes this weekend if a dispute over retransmission fees isn’t resolved. DirecTV said Wednesday that the stations’ owner, Sunbeam Television Corp., is threatening to pull their signals off the company’s dishes if a new agreement isn’t reached by Friday.

DIGITAL DMAS

Media Try Mobile, Hyperlocal To Win In Miami

With its glamour and Latino flair, media players in Miami, a market characterized by an audience fragmented by culture and language, rely on different strategies — from hyperlocal to mobile — to draw visitors and prosper. Market leader The Miami Herald, with English and Spanish sites, has turned to hyperlocal, offering some 45 specialized sites based on community and subject matter. And Fox affiliate WSVN has tripled its mobile traffic in the past year.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WSVN Owner Fights Developer Over Strip Club

Veteran Fla. Anchor Joseph ‘Wayne’ Fariss Dies

DMA 16

WSVN Miami Expands Morning News Block

Beginning Aug. 22, Sunbeam’s Fox affiliate is adding an hour at 9 a.m. to its Today in Florida newscast.

SPECIAL REPORT: SEVERE WEATHER

Serious Weather Is Serious Business

Meteorologists in the hurricane-prone Gulf and Atlantic coastal areas say they’re conscious of the power they wield and try to be careful with it, realizing the profound impact severe weather news and related promotion can have not only on people, but also on local economies. They also stress the importance of social media as an adjunct to broadcasting, contending that in a weather emergency, television screens are not the only place that citizens will be looking for critical information. This is the third in a series of articles that will appear this week and that collectively constitute a TVNewsCheck Special Report on Severe Weather News. The first two stories in the series are below.

DMA 16

Blake Burman Named WSVN Weekend Anchor

Blake Burman has been named weekend anchor at Sunbeam’s Fox affiliate WSVN Miami (DMA 16). He has been a general assignment reporter covering politics and breaking news since 2008 and served as fill-in anchor for both morning and evening newscasts. He replaces Reed Cowan, who left WSVN in June to pursue other interests. Burman will […]

DMA 16

WSVN Dumps Talk Show After Complaints