Five Tampa Stations Roll Out ATSC 3.0

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

OPEN MIKE BY JEFF MALONEY

A Tampa GM Weighs Priorities In A Historic Year

At WTVT, Fox’s Tampa, Fla., O&O, SVP and GM Jeff Maloney has been navigating through an unprecedented time. His market — showered in attention by the presidential campaigns, roiled by the pandemic and buoyed by major news in local sports — has been an epicenter of news while facing dramatic challenges.

WTVT Meteorologist’s Dog Fetches Forecast 5M Views

NEWSTECHFORUM

Getting Creative Can Drive Revenue From Social

The winners of TVNewsCheck’s first Social Media Excellence Awards describe how their stations have been able to monetize various experiments in targeting social media audiences that go beyond just repeating what’s in their news broadcasts. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

MARKET SHARE | DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WTVT Wins A TVNewsCheck Social Media Excellence Award

SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS | DMA 11

WTVT Captures Local Character On Social

Fox’s WTVT Tampa won first place in the large market category in TVNewsCheck’s inaugural Social Media Excellence Awards. Its news director reveals how the station uses the natural beauty and character of the area to heighten user engagement.

Social Media Excellence At NewsTECHForum

To honor innovative, creative and effective use of social media, this year’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 10 will present the first Social Media Excellent Awards to WTVT Tampa, Fla.; KCCI Des Moines, Iowa; Josh Johnson of WSFA Montgomery, Ala.; and Kristen Hampton of WBTV Charlotte, N.C. After accepting their awards, winners will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Kim Wilson of Social News Desk.

DMA 13

Reporter Chip Brewster Joins WTVT Tampa

Chip Brewster has joined Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13) as a features reporter. Effective Oct. 1, he will report for various newscasts, including the station’s recently launched 4 p.m. newscast.  Most recently, Brewster was a features reporter for KPRC Houston. Prior to that, he worked as a field host, reporter and producer for WITI Milwaukee. […]

TVN TECH

Hyper-Local Weather Takes A Human Touch

While consumers with GPS-enabled smartphones expect real-time weather reports down to the street-corner level, station meteorologists say it’s not that simple. Most of what one gets from apps is just model data that hasn’t been subject to human interpretation. Sifting through the various models and presenting a forecast that incorporates local knowledge is where station meteorologists excel. “The local knowledge that experienced meteorologists can lend to the product is invaluable,” says Justin Keifer,  chief meteorologist at WMBB Panama City, Fla.

DMA 13: TAMPA, FL

WTVT To Broadcast Dem Gubernatorial Debate

Fox O&O WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), will host a debate between all four leading Democratic candidates for Florida Governor. The debate will take place at the station’s studio in Tampa on April 18 and will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Mark Wilson and Kelly Ring, and moderated by Craig Patrick, the participants […]

Top 20 Market Social Media Report: Tampa

DMA 11

WTVT Has Firm Hold On Social In Tampa

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

Julian Johnson Joins WTVT News

Fox-owned WTVT Tampa Bay, Fla. (DMA 11) is adding Julian Johnson as a general assignment reporter on various newscasts, effective Sept. 11. Most recently, Johnson has been a general assignment reporter and anchor at WGCL Atlanta. Prior to that, he held the same position at KMOV St. Louis; WBBH Fort Myers, Fla.; and KLFY Lafayette, […]

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

Tyler Eliasen Joins WTVT For Weekend Weather

Tyler Eliasen will join Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11), as a weekend meteorologist. Effective July, 29, he will anchor the weather on weekend evenings and fill in on various newscasts throughout the week.   Most recently, Eliasen was the morning meteorologist at WMBB Panama City, Fla. Prior to that, he was a weekend meteorologist […]

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WTVT Moves Sorboni Banerjee To Weekend Anchor

MARKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

Giraffe Lifts WTVT To No. 1 On Facebook

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.

MARKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

WTVT Reveal: Florida Selling Private Driver Info

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.”

DMA 11

Reporter Dan Matics Joins WTVT Tampa

Dan Matics has joined Fox O&O WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11), as weekday reporter, stationed in the station’s St. Petersburg newsroom covering Pinellas County. Most recently, Matics was morning anchor and reporter for WCHS and WVAH in Charleston, W.Va. Previously, he was a reporter and photographer for WOWK there.  A graduate of Marshall University, Matics […]

MARKET SHARE

How Facebook Is Boosting Local TV News, Part 2

MARKET SHARE

How Facebook Is Boosting Local TV News, Part 1

NNC SOCIAL SCORECARD (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

WTVT Triples Its Nearest Social Media Rival

Fox’s WTVT vaults over its local competition on social media in Tampa-St. Petersburg, according to Shareablee data. It has triple the number of social actions in the last six months over its closest competitor and holds a very comfortable lead in the market’s fans/followers as well. The station’s VP of news explains what’s working.

DMA 11: TAMPA

WTVT Adds Sorboni Banerjee As Consumer Reporter

Sorboni Banerjee joins Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11), as a consumer reporter. Effective June 6, Banerjee will report on various newscasts. Banerjee has been an anchor and reporter for multiple stations in Boston, most recently for WFTX and before that at WHDH. Earlier, she was a morning anchor at WLNE Providence, R.I. Banerjee began […]

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WTVT Sports Dir. Chip Carter Signs Off

DMA 11: TAMPS

Scott Smith Named Sports Director At WTVT

Fox-owned WTVT Tampa (DMA 11) today appointed Scott Smith sports director. Effective March 2 he will contribute to the weekday 5, 6, 10, and 11 p.m. newscasts. Smith will also anchor Tailgate Sunday during football season. Most recently, Smith was a sports anchor for WTTG Washington. Prior to that, he was sports anchor and reporter […]

MARKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

WTVT’s Promo Salute To Retiring Chip Carter

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

Veteran WTVT Sports Dir. Chip Carter Retiring

Chip Carter, the longtime sports director at Fox O&O WTVT Tampa, Fla., announced his retirement during the station’s 5 p.m. newscast Tuesday. He has been with Fox 13 for 28 years, and his last day on air will be Feb. 26.

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

Courthouse Dedicates Media Room to WTVT’s Elly

DMA 11

WTVT Tampa Adds One Anchor, Promotes Another

Fox O&O WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11), has named Linda Hurtado co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and anchor of the noon newscasts. The station has also promoted Alcides Segui to weekend morning co-anchor. He will anchor alongside current solo anchor Anjuli Davis and will continue reporting weekday mornings. Both announcements go into effect Dec. 9. […]

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

Longtime WTVT Anchor Denise White To Retire

DMA 11: TAMPA

Chris Cato Named WTVT Latenight Anchor

Chris Cato is joining Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11) as anchor and reporter. Beginning in early December, Cato will anchor WTVT’s weekday 11 p.m. newscast alongside Cynthia Smoot and report weekdays for various evening newscasts. Most recently, Cato was an anchor and reporter for WCAU Philadelphia. Previously, he held positions as an anchor and […]

MARTKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA)

WTVT Anchors Lip Sync Tribute To Taylor Swift

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WTVT Tampa Readies New News Set

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WTVT Adds Investigative Reporter Tina Jensen

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

Former WTVT Reporter Warren Elly Dies At 64

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

Veteran WTVT Newsman Warren Elly Dies

MARKET SHARE (DMA 13:TAMPA, FL)

WTVT Celebrates 60 Years Of Broadcasting

DMA 13 (TAMPA, FL)

WTVT To Air ‘Great Medical Marijuana Debate’

Fox-owned WTVT Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), will hold “The Great Medical Marijuana Debate” at its studios on Monday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m.  Hosted by WTVT news anchor Mark Wilson and moderated by political editor Craig Patrick, the debate over Amendment 2, which would legalize the use and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes, will […]