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WCMH GM Dan Bradley Retiring from Media General - Posted August 12, 2014
After 40 years in broadcast journalism, Dan Bradley is set to retire. Currently the vice president and general manager at WCMH in Columbus, Ohio, Bradley has spent the past 35 years at ... [TVSpy]

Andy Alford Named GM of WFLA - Posted July 21, 2014
Media General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA. "This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,... [SocialTimes.com]

Andy Alford Named GM of WFLA - Posted July 21, 2014
Media General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA. "This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,... [TVSpy]

What Are Local Stations Covering? - Posted June 3, 2014
Today we look at the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, market. We see more diversity of stories here than other markets we've looked at. FOX owned station WTVT takes the prize, with NBC affiliate WFLA a close second, for doing something completely different by leading with a local man put on trial for allegedly... [TVSpy]

Gayle Sierens Stepping Down from WFLA Anchor Desk in 2015 - Posted June 3, 2014
Longtime WFLA anchor ... [TVSpy]

Three Media General Stations Debut New Sets - Posted April 30, 2014
Three Media General stations -- WFLA in Tampa, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg and WCBD in Charleston -- have debuted new sets designed by FX Design Group: Each station sports a very contemporary design with utmost flexibility for breaking news,... [TVSpy]

Bill Berra Named News Director at WFLA - Posted February 24, 2014
Bill Berra has been named VP of news for Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA. Berra ... [TVSpy]

News Director Don North Out at WFLA - Posted November 18, 2013
News director Don North is out at WFLA, Media General's NBC affiliate in Tampa, the Tampa Tribune reports. No... [TVSpy]

WFLA Launches Market's First 4:00 PM News - Posted July 24, 2013
WFLA, Media General's Tampa NBC affiliate, has announced it will be the first Tampa station to air a 4:00 p.m. newscast. "The addition of a 4 p.m. newscast reflects t... [TVSpy]

Triston Sanders Named Executive News Director at KENS - Posted June 10, 2013
Triston Sanders is joining KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant n... [TVSpy]

WFLA Adds Second Meteorologist This Week - Posted May 17, 2013
Four days after announcing the hiring of meteorologist Bryan Bennett, Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA ... [SocialTimes.com]

Meteorologist Bryan Bennett Joins WFLA - Posted May 14, 2013
Meteorologist Bryan Bennett is joining WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg. Bennett comes from New York, where he was executive weather producer and chief meteorologist at CBS-owned ... [TVSpy]

Matt Horn Joins Capitol News Service - Posted May 1, 2013
Matt Horn begins today at Capitol News Service, where he will cover political news for ten local stations in Florida. Horn comes from Wichita, where he was Salina bureau chief and general assignment reporter at K... [TVSpy]

Former WFLA Reporter, News Director Dies - Posted April 23, 2013
Former WFLA news director Joe Mannion has died after a long battle with renal cancer, according to ... [TVSpy]

Tampa Meteorologist Shoots Footage of Mysterious Lights Over City - Posted April 5, 2013
Tampa meteorologist Brooks Garner recently recorded some footage while walking his dog that shows unexplained lights flying in what appears to be formation over the skies of Tampa. Garner, the meteorologist for Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, is leaving for ... [TVSpy]

Tampa's WFLA Adds Midday Newscast - Posted March 29, 2013
WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, is launching an 11:30 a.m. newscast on Monday. Natalie Shepherd will anchor the half-hour newscast. WFLA's entertainment and lifestyle sh... [SocialTimes.com]

Meteorologist Megan Hatton Leaving WFLA - Posted March 13, 2013
Megan Hatton, the weekend morning meteorologist at WFLA, is leaving Tampa NBC affiliate and moving to Houston. Hatton is joining her husband, a director at ABC O&O ... [TVSpy]

John Rogers Joins WFLA From WALA - Posted February 13, 2013
John Rogers is joining WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg. He will be a reporter covering Manatee and Sarasota counties. "Sarasota and Manatee counties are important areas of cove... [TVSpy]

Jerry Penacoli Named Co-Host of WFLA's 'Daytime' - Posted January 11, 2013
Jerry Penacoli has been named co-host of "Daytime," WFLA's nationally syndicated show. Penacoli has been a correspondent on "Extra" for 13 seasons. He has also been a host for E! Ente... [TVSpy]

WFLA Faces Cable Blackout Over Retrans Deal - Posted December 27, 2012
Negotiations between Media General's Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA and cable provider Bright House Networks are coming down to the wire. The deadline to reach an agreement over retransmission fees is scheduled for 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31. If no agreement is in pl... [TVSpy]

Melissa Sogegian Beckman Joins WFLA in Tampa - Posted November 26, 2012
Melissa Sogegian Beckman is the newest general assignment reporter at WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa. Beckman spent five years as a general as... [TVSpy]

VIDEO: Train Rolls Through WFLA Reporter's Live Shot in Downtown Tampa - Posted October 16, 2012
During liveshot Monday, WFLA reporter Peter Bernard faced some competition from an unexpected source: a freight train rolling through downtown Tampa (video above). "Excuse me, because there's a train going by and it's very loud," Bernard said, fighting... [TVSpy]

Triston Sanders Named Assistant ND at WWL - Posted September 12, 2012
Triston Sanders is joining WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, as assistant news director next month. Sanders joins WWL from ... [TVSpy]

Eric Land Named President-GM at WTLV-WJXX - Posted August 13, 2012
Eric Land has been named president and general manager of WTLV-WJXX, Gannett Broadcasting's duopoly in Jacksonville. Land is a broadcast veteran who has previously... [TVSpy]

Obama Buys Up Tampa TV Time During Republican National Convention - Posted August 9, 2012
President Obama's team plans to blanket the Tampa airwaves with ads during the last week of August while the Republican party holds their national convention in the area. Obama for America has bought up more than $181,000 in ad t... [TVSpy]

Sportscaster Jason Jennings Joins WFLA From WRAL - Posted August 8, 2012
Jason Jennings is joining Tampa NBC-affiliate WFLA as a weekend sports anchor and reporter. Since 2005, Jennings has worked in his hometown as sports reporter and photographer at WR... [TVSpy]

Tampa's WFLA to Launch 7 p.m. Newscast - Posted July 17, 2012
Tampa NBC-affiliate WFLA has announced the launch of a 7 p.m. newscast beginning July 30. The newscast's debut coincides with the start of the Olympics, which will air on NBC. It will be anchored by ... [TVSpy]

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units - Posted July 2, 2012
After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key... [TVSpy]

Samara Sodos Leaving WFLA: 'I Was Looking for a Career That Felt a Little More Stable' - Posted June 15, 2012
Reporter Samara Sodos is leaving WFLA after 12 years at the Tampa NBC-affiliate to join the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office as a public information officer. "I was looking for a career that felt a l... [TVSpy]

Glenn Beck: My First Big Break - Posted May 10, 2012
In the latest episode of mediabistroTV's "My First Big Break," we hear from radio personality, author, former Fox News host and GBTV founder Glenn Beck... [TVSpy]

Longtime WFLA Anchor Bill Ratliff Dies - Posted May 8, 2012
Longtime WFLA anchor Bill Ratliff passed away this afternoon. The Tampa NBC-affiliate ... [TVSpy]

VIDEO: Cars Crash During WFLA Live Shot - Posted February 22, 2012
WFLA's Adrienne Pedersen was reporting live outside of a local gas station this morning when two cars collided behind her, spinning out of control through an intersection. Alth... [TVSpy]

Brad Moses Named President-GM of Tampa's WFLA - Posted February 22, 2012
Media General has named Brad Moses president and general manager of WFLA, the NBC-affiliate in Tampa. His appointment is effective March 26. The move is a return to WFLA for Moses, who was direct... [TVSpy]

President Spends Valentine's Day with Local Stations - Posted February 15, 2012
President Obama spent his afternoon Tuesday sitting down for interviews with a handful of local stations--an activity that has become ... [TVSpy]

Michael Pumo Named General Manager Of WPEC - Posted January 9, 2012
Michael Pumo has been named general manager of WPEC, the CBS-affiliate in West Palm Beach, Sinclair Broadcasting announced today. Pumo is the vice president of broadcast sales for Freedom Communi... [TVSpy]

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute - Posted January 3, 2012
WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new ... [TVSpy]

WFLA Asking Viewers For Help In Verizon Dispute - Posted December 30, 2011
As time runs out for Verizon and Media General to negotiate a retransmission agreement, Tampa-St. Petersburg's WFLA is enlisting the help of viewers... [TVSpy]

Clock Ticking On Retrans Contract Between Verizon, Media General - Posted December 27, 2011
Two Media General-owned local stations are warning viewers "it appears unlikely" that a new retransmission agreement will be reached with Verizon FiOS before the January 1 deadli... [TVSpy]

Changes Atop WFLA as Media General Shakes Up Tampa Leadership - Posted November 2, 2011
Media General has named John Cottingham interim general manager of WFLA as part of a series of personnel ... [TVSpy]

Longtime Anchor Bob Hite Returns to WFLA, Trading on Career to Pitch Health Care - Posted October 28, 2011
Longtime anchor Bob Hite has returned to WFLA. Sort of. Hite, who was a fixture at ... [TVSpy]

Anchor Nerissa Prest Parts Ways With WTVT - Posted September 27, 2011
Nerissa Prest, an anchor at Fox owned-and-operated WTVT in Tampa-St. Petersburg, has parted ways with the station. "We mutually parted ways," Prest ... [TVSpy]

Casey Anthony Juror Tells Local Reporters 'We Had a Lot of Reasonable Doubt' - Posted July 6, 2011
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Media General Expected to Issue Layoffs - Posted June 2, 2011
Media General is expected to begin issuing layoffs next week across its news entities, which include 18 TV stations and 21 daily newspapers. According to Eric Deggans of the ... [TVSpy]

WFLA News Truck Overturns on Highway - Posted March 24, 2011
A news crew for Tampa's WFLA was injured Wednesday afternoon as their microwave truck overturned along a stretch of highway in Sarasota. Reporter Jackie Barron and photographer ... [TVSpy]

Staff Morale Plummets at WFLA After Station Restricts Use of Company Cars - Posted December 19, 2010
Staff morale has reportedly plummeted at Tampa's WFLA in the wake of new guidelines that limit reporters' and photographers' use of station vehicles. Staff of the NBC-affiliate are now being forced to drive their own cars in covering news stories around the area. Accordin... [TVSpy]

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