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Reporter’s Emails Reveal Questions Over Comp Time at WFOR

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According to a report by Jose Lambiet, veteran WFOR reporter Gary Nelson has taken the unusual step of raising public questions about the CBS O&O’s overtime policies–in emails shared with the entire newsroom.

“According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and (news director) Liz Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days,” Lambiet reports. “Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.”

WFOR has a history of conflict, including a reported “internal investigation” led by CBS bosses in New York into difficulties between talent and management:

Allegations include that newsroom employees were told to work overtime for no pay, the lack of open communication with management, and comments to reporters that they “don’t appeal to the right demographics.”

The poisoned atmosphere has been fueled further by difficult contract talks with some of the talent, and the departures of several high-profile personalities.

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Carlos Suarez Upped to Weekend Anchor at Miami’s WPLG

carlos suarezCarlos Suarez has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami.

Suarez joined the station two years ago as a general assignment reporter. Before WPLG, Suarez worked at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. He will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Jacey Birch.

Rowdy World Cup Fan Brings NSFW Moment to WPLG Live Shot

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Sports, booze, and live TV. It can be a toxic cocktail at times. And it was for WPLG sports reporter Clay Ferraro Sunday night. The liveshot ticks off most of the items on the Greatest Hits List of Annoyances While Live: people waving, grabbing for the microphone, and saying something that really ought never be said on a newscast. Seriously, not ever.

The profane partier, however, wasn’t all that original–appearing to grab a phrase from this notorious fake NSFW local news liveshot.

Instagram user Chris Fischer posted a video, and don’t play it at work or with children nearby: Read more

WPLG Promotes GM to President

wplg_304WPLG has promoted E.R. Bert Medina from VP and GM to president of the station.

The move was announced by the Miami ABC affiliate in a one sentence release

Medina joined WPLG in October 2013 when it was a Post-Newsweek station. It was sold to to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in March of this year.

On the Morning Shift, How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

If you’ve ever tried to fall asleep at eight at night so you could be back at work by three a.m., you’ve probably experimented with your body’s tolerance for caffeine. Whether it’s brewed coffee or cans of Coke, your a.m. newsers are always seeming to push that how-much-will-keep-me-awake-and-functioning-without-killing-me envelope. And just this week, WSVN reporter Kevin Ozebek proudly shared his survival regimen in a video post on Facebook:

Viewers were quick to question the wisdom of ingesting hundreds of milligrams of caffeine. But facing a multi-hour block of reporting, anchoring or shooting liveshots, few morning show folks will admit to entirely resisting the urge to stay fully–and often overly–caffeinated. Read more

Leadership Changes at Sunbeam’s WHDH, WSVN

sunbeam televisionLeadership changes are coming to WHDH-WLVI and WSVN, Sunbeam’s stations in Boston and Miami, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Beginning in September, Robert “Bubba” Burns will take over as the general manager of WHDH-WLVI, the NBC and CW affiliates in Boston. Burns has been with Sunbeam for seven years, most recently as the Boston stations’ general sales manager.

Burns replaces Chris Wayland, who is being promoted to executive vice present and general manager of Sunbeam. In his new role, Wayland replaces Robert Leider, who also serves as general manager of WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami. Leider will shift to a vice president and consulting role at Sunbeam, New England One reports.

Former Miami Anchor in Intensive Care

kelley_mitchellKelley Mitchell, former anchor for Miami FOX affiliate WSVN and ABC affiliate WPLG is in the ICU after suffering a collapsed lung.

Mitchell, who is now a radio anchor, told Gossip Extra her doctors are still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s sorta (sic) of a mystery,” Mitchell said. “All I know is that I started wheezing during Memorial Day weekend and the nurse at the urgent care facility sent me to the hospital.”

At times, Mitchell’s trademark gravely voice still sounds like she inhaled helium, but she says she expects to be sent home or transferred out of ICU by Tuesday.

“I still have a bunch of tubes inside of me,” she said. “I hope they’ll take them out soon.”

She added she hopes to return to work within days. She is, she admitted, a little bored.

Daniel Morcate Named News Director for Miami Univision Station

morcate croppe wltvDaniel Morcate has been named news director for WLTV, the Univision owned station for Miami, FL.

According to Media Moves, Morcate had been the interim news director since December 2013. Morcate has worked at Univision’s Network News Team where he had been chief newsroom editor for the past 20 years.

He started with Univision as chief writer and special projects producer for WLTV in 1987.

Meteorologist John Gerard Joins WFOR

john gerardMeteorologist John Gerard is joining WFOR, the CBS-owned station in Miami, as the weekend weather anchor. In his new role, which begins June 15, he will also be the primary fill-in for chief meteorologist Craig Setzer.

“With his wealth of experience in the South Florida market and his expertise in general, John Gerard makes an excellent addition to our weather team,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement.

Gerard moves to Miami from San Antonio, where he has been a meteorologist at WOAI for the past four years. He has previously worked in South Florida at WPLG and WTVJ in Miami.

WPLG Anchor Tweets His Last Show is the One He’s Anchoring

WPLG anchor Jason Martinez sent out a tweet and posted on facebook that the show he was anchoring this morning would be his last at the Miami ABC affiliate.

UPDATE: “I’m moving back to Los Angeles,” Martinez told Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. “I’ve been going back and forth twice a month, and it’s expensive and time-consuming and tiring. I arrive in L.A. at 2 p.m., if the flights are on time, and I have to get back on the plane Sunday by noon.” Martinez added, “I choose my sons over this job.”

Martinez came to WPLG from KTLA in Los Angeles in November 2010.

[Gossip Extra]

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