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When Social Media Goes Wrong, Vol. 1225

Once again, a reporter is using social media in a tasteless way. Standing atop what’s left of a vacant home believed to have been torched by a serial arsonist in St. Augustine, FL, WTLV/WJXX reporter Lisa Robbins showed off her “rubber boots for the debris” this morning. We’re all for reporters taking us behind the scenes of the stories they cover, but posing for an Instagram at a murder scene or taking a fashion shot at an arson investigation is just tacky.

A few months ago MediabistroTV put together a video called Three Tips for Maintaining a Social Media Presence while Keeping Your Job. It’s after the jump…

> Update: Robbins has deleted the Tweet, but the text remains (above) as does this image:

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Former Jacksonville Anchor Bert Roselle Dies

BertRoselle-jpgBert Roselle, who anchored for WJKS, Jacksonville’s ABC affiliate in the 1970s and 80s, has died. He was 80.

Roselle started his broadcasting career doing news and weather at WFGA in 1959. WFGA is now WTLV. Roselle also worked at WSB in Atlanta, WCAU in Philadelphia and KHOU in Houston.

In 1972, he came back to Jacksonville to work as news director at WJKS. According to WJXT, Roselle also co-anchored the evening news as WJKS changed from ABC to NBC and back to ABC in the 1980s.

Jacksonville City Council President: Cox ‘Exercised Bad Judgment’ at WTEV-WAWS

1000px-Cox_Media_Group_svgJacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford has sent a letter to Cox Media criticizing the decision to dismiss five anchors at WTEV-WAWS, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports:

In a letter to [Cox Media Group President Bill] Hoffman dated today on council letterhead, Gulliford said the move by Action News is “getting a lot of push back in the community.”

“I have heard it constantly since the story broke,” Gulliford wrote. “People are challenging the wisdom of such a move and questioning whether Cox Media really gets the local aspect of their operation here.”

Asked about the letter, Gulliford said he heard a little more background about the situation from one of the anchors after an interview. After hearing about the situation, he said he didn’t “think someone up the line understands what Jacksonville is about.”

“I think they exercised bad judgment,” he said.

Mark SpainPaige Kelton, Lynnsey Gardner and Mike and Tera Barz will be out in September in a move described as “hitting the station reset button.”

Jacksonville Station to Reportedly Let Five Anchors Go

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Cox owned Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is reportedly cleaning house in its anchor ranks.

The Jacksonville Business Journal reports, “anchors Mark SpainPaige Kelton, Lynnsey Gardner and Mike and Tera Barz were told last week that the station has ‘decided to go in a different direction,’ said a person familiar with the situation.”

When asked about it by TVSpy last week, WTEV news director Bob Longo wouldn’t comment, citing personnel policy at the station.

The Business Journal quotes a source who told them the anchors will be out “on or around September 1.”

“No positions have been eliminated. We have not reduced the size of our staff. Our staff size has grown. As for personnel questions, and in respect to our entire staff, we do not comment on any personnel matters,” Jim Zerwekh, Action News general manager, wrote in an email.

The cuts are not performance based, the source said, and the group was told Cox is “hitting the station reset button.” Read more

Garrett Bedenbaugh to Join WTEV-WAWS as Weekend Meteorologist

bedenbaugh_wtevwawsGarrett Bedenbaugh is joining Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS as weekend meteorologist.

WTEV-WAWS news director Bob Longo told TVSpy Bedenbaugh will join the station in mid to late May and will start on air, “soon thereafter.”

“Excited to announce that I will be joining #ActionNewsJax in Jacksonville, FL in late May!” Bedenbaugh wrote on his facebook page. “Let’s do this #FLwx! Will be on the weekend evening shows.”

Bedenbaugh comes to WTEV-WAWS from WACH in Columbia, SC.

Unicorn Appears in Jacksonville Reporter’s Live Shot


WTLV-WJXX reporter David Williams either witnessed the first verified appearance of a creature thought only to exist in mythical candyland dreams or he was photobombed a week ago Saturday. TVSpy guesses it was the latter.

Williams was reporting live about a house fire where no one was hurt when he turned around to point out a firefighter on the scene. That’s when the unicorn person ran in to the shot, came up beside him, made some chirping noises, then stumbled off.

The Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate reported Williams had been “taunted” by the Unicorn.

Questions Raised Over Jacksonville Sheriff’s Handling of Local Reporter’s Tickets

mitchem_wjxtThe Florida Times-Union is looking into why the Jacksonville County Sheriff voided two tickets and a misdemeanor summons for WJXT reporter Ashley Mitchem.

Mitchem had been ticketed by Officer Jose Marrero for speeding, failure to change her address and a misdemeanor notice to appear for having the emblem of the Fraternal Order of Police on her car after two previous warnings to remove it.

Sheriff John Rutherford recently ordered the tickets and the misdemeanor voided, violating department rules in the process.

Bob Ellis, vice president and general manager for WJXT, told TVSpy, ““Ashley was stopped for alleged traffic violations on more than one occasion in the early morning hours of the day en route to work, always by the same police officer.  She believed she was being put in a potentially uncomfortable situation and as such, called the Sheriff and asked him for advice on how to formally and properly handle the matter.  To suggest there is anything more to this story is irresponsible.”

An official with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s department claimed Marrero was stalking Mitchem and that’s why the tickets were voided. Marrero had pulled Mitchem over twice before and let her off with a warning. Read more

Bob Longo Named News Director for WTEV-WAWS

WTEV-WAWS logo_304x200Cox Media Group has named Bob Longo as news director for its Jacksonville, FL, CBS and FOX affiliates WTEV-WAWS.

“I’m thrilled and honored to join Cox Media Group Jacksonville and CBS47 & FOX30 Action News beginning January 27th,” Longo said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join them and continue the growth and success Action News has enjoyed.”

Longo last worked as a news director at WESH in Orlando. He has also worked as a news director in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Binghamton, NY.

He replaces Mike McCormick who left WTEV-WAWS in early December.

Florida Meteorologist Sentenced for DUI

Deegan_DUI_croppedTim Deegan, meteorologist for WTLV-WJXX entered a plea of “no contest” to the charge of driving under the influence.

First Coast News, the branded name of the Jacksonville, FL, NBC and ABC duopoly, reported the meteorologist was sentenced to 12 months probation, had his license suspended for six months and was given 50 hours of community service.

Deegan, who was arrested last month, must also pay court costs and fines totaling $1,031 and attend DUI school.

Mike McCormick Out as WTEV-WAWS ND

action news jacksonvilleNews director Mike McCormick is out at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”

McCormick has been news director since 2008. Before joining WTEV-WAWS, he worked as news director at WPMI in Mobile, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV in Jacksonville.

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