TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News And Sales Openings On Florida’s Suncoast

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a news director, a newscast producer and a multimedia account executive. All three openings are at WWSB in Sarasota, Fla.

DMAS 11 & 107

Raycom Closes On WWSB And WTXL

The acquisition expands Raycom Media’s reach and presence in Florida with $68.5 million buy. It also owns Fox affiliates WFLX in West Palm Beach and WPGX in Panama City. Heartland Media steps in to buy the last of Calkins’ stations, WAAY Huntsville, Ala., for $13.5 milllion.

Sarasota Suicide Footage A Possible Fake

DMAS 11, 79 & 108

Calkins Selling 3 TVs, Exiting Broadcasting

Raycom will buy Calkins’ WWSB Sarasota and WTXL Tallahassee, both Florida, while Raycom duopoly partner American Spirit Media will buy WAAY Huntsville, Ala., which will presumably be operated in tandem with Raycom’s Huntsville NBC affiliate, WAFF. “We came to this decision reluctantly and after a long period of deliberation,” Calkins CEO Mark Contreras says in a memo to employees.

Calkins Media Promotes Jeff Benninghoff

The GM of WWSB Sarsota adds oversight of the company’s other two stations to his portfolio.

DMA 14

Jeff Benninghoff Named WWSB Sarasota GM

Calkins Media moves its group vice president of finance to Florida to run its ABC affiliate.