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Joe Sullivan Named News Director at WXXV

Joe-SullivanJoe Sullivan, the 5:30 p.m. anchor at FOX affiliate WXXV, is adding news director to his title. Sullivan has worked at the Gulfport, Miss. station since September 2013.

In an interview with The Sun-Herald, Sullivan explained that he has taken on many different roles in his career (including a stint as a production assistant at ESPN and 14 years in Richmond, Va., as a sports anchor at NBC affiliate WWBT and sports director at FOX affiliate WRLH). In his new role, Sullivan will lead a team that includes six reporters:

“We have a good group. We have the most local news in this market. We have had entire newscasts that were solely local stories,” he said. “People have been very nice to us. They come up to me almost every day and say, ‘Thanks for giving us a choice.’”

Sullivan previously worked at ABC and CBS affiliate WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn., as a weekday morning anchor. He will continue his evening anchor role along with his new position.

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Ailing WLOX Anchor Hopes to Return

Picture 1It’s been four months since Jeff Lawson, anchor at Biloxi ABC and CBS affiliate WLOX has been on the air. He’s been battling Bell’s Palsy, which causes partial facial paralysis and can, for some, be permanent. “I tell people I’ve gone from being ugly to being even uglier,” he joked in an interview with the Biloxi Sun Herald.

The twenty-year veteran isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to work, but he says he’s been touched by support from viewers:

Lawson said one recent month a Lucedale church he had never been to before sent him weekly encouragements signed by all the members praying for him.

And he gets daily support from friends, family and strangers both online and in the community.

“It’s blown me away,” he said.

NFL Fans Miss Dramatic End of Game After Lightning Knocks Station Off Air

Viewers of Gulfport, Miss. FOX affiliate WXXV missed the final two minutes of the New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons game yesterday after lighting hit the station’s tower.

Saints fans may have been thankful they didn’t have to witness a last minute fumble that set up the Falcons’ game-winning field goal.

According to, the station returned to the airwaves around 5:00 p.m.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Biloxi-Gulfport, MS, market. The interesting thing to note is that we could only track the ABC and FOX affiliates since the CBS and NBC affiliates are on digital subchannels.

TVSpy went with the chart anyway since we’re aware many smaller markets have a similar set up when it comes to broadcasting.

WLOX Anchor Apologizes For Suggesting the LGBT Community ‘Go on Gaycation’

dave elliott wlox fb postWLOX anchor Dave Elliott has apologized for a Facebook post saying the LGBT community has “been in the news too much lately” and should “go on gaycation.”

“I’m all for the LGBT community’s ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But, it seems they’ve been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation,.. [sic] just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!” Elliott wrote on his personal Facebook page, according to a screenshot published by Jim Romenesko. reports Elliott later posted an apology. “I recently made an insensitive and unprofessional Facebook post regarding the LGBT community. I did not choose my words wisely and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by it. I’ve advocated for justice and equality my entire life,” Elliott wrote. “I hope this heartfelt apology is accepted in the spirit in which it is being made.”

Toni Miles Joins WXXV in Gulfport

wxxvToni Miles is joining WXXV, the Fox affiliate in Gulfport, Miss., the Sun Herald reports. She joins the station as an assignment editor but will be reporting and filling in on the anchor desk.

Miles is a former reporter for rival WLOX, the CBS and ABC affiliate. She is returning to television after a hiatus from journalism to focus on her independent film career, according to the Sun Herald.

“As a journalist you have a fire in your belly. If you don’t love this job, there’s no way you can do it. It’s just one of those things you can’t shake,” Miles said. “It always comes back to me no matter what happens.”

Biloxi Anchor Leaving Station For Family Time

powers_wloxRebecca Powers has announced she is leaving WLOX to spend more time with her family on December 12.

“I’ve decided to put my TV career on hold and spend more time with my husband and our two small children,” she told viewers at the end of last night’s 10:00 p.m. news. “I know the next few weeks will be very emotional for me. So, I don’t want to say too much right now. I’ll get a chance to say an appropriate good-bye on the 12th.”

The anchor for the Biloxi, MS, ABC and digital CBS station started her career at WDSU in New Orleans. She moved to WLOX as a producer and has also worked as an on-air personality for 97.9 WCPR-FM in Biloxi before becoming an anchor for WLOX.

Local News to Debut on WXXV Tonight


TVSpy told you in May WXXV was planning to launch a local newscast on its FOX and NBC channels. Tonight’s the night the shows for the Gulfport, MS, stations will debut.

The NBC subchannel will air its newscast at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m., while the FOX affiliate will air a 9:00 p.m. show. WXXV’s newscasts will compete with the only other local news in the market on ABC affiliate WLOX.

“Our station needed local news for the future growth of our company,” WXXV general manager Bobby Edwards told The Mississippi Press. “We have 40 employees who all live here locally. We want to be relevant to the local area and to be relevant you have to have local news.” Read more

WXXV in Gulfport to Launch Local Newscasts

After more than a decade without local news programming, WXXV in Gulfport, Miss. will launch two newscasts this fall, according to The Sun Herald.

General manager Bobby Edwards said the station will have 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts, with a morning show potentially added at a later date. WXXV, which is a Fox affiliate with an NBC-affiliated subchannel, will hire 15 full-time employees and several more part-time employees.

“Our decision to produce local news in the market was based on growing the station,” Edwards told The Sun Herald. “We have two of the four major broadcast networks with great network programming and adding local news was the next step to make a difference.”

Currently, the only local newscasts in the Biloxi-Gulfport market are on ABC affiliate WLOX.

Raycom Names New GM at WLOX, New ND at WALB

There are changes coming to the executive ranks at two Raycom stations: WLOX in Biloxi, Miss. and WALB in Albany, Ga.

Rick Williams, who has been news director at WALB for 22 years, will become vice president and general manager of WLOX on January 14.

“Rick’s industry knowledge and participation in the Raycom Leadership Class has prepared him for this expanded role within Raycom as the next leader for WLOX,” Raycom SVP of Television Leon Long said in a statement. “I am most impressed with his passion and leadership skills and look forward to working with him at this important station to our company. ”

Williams replaces David Vincent, who will retire this month after 35 years at WLOX.

Dawn Hobby will step into the news director role at WALB. She is currently the assistant news director and the anchor of the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Read more