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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Guys, this is my last newscast anchoring the Local10 morning news. Thank you Miami. Thank you WPLG.
— Jason Martinez (@JasonMartinezTV) March 14, 2014
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.
Warren Buffett is adding a television station to Berkshire Hathaway’s media portfolio: the company will acquire WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, from Graham Holdings Co.’s Post-Newsweek station group.
In addition to WPLG, the deal includes Berkshire shares currently held by Graham Holdings Co. and cash. The amounts of both will be determined on the closing date, Berkshire Hathaway says.
“Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings. “We thank our longtime colleagues at WPLG for their enormous contributions and congratulate them on the opportunity to join one of the greatest companies in America.”
WPLG is one of the Post-Newsweek Stations named for the Graham family, which has controlled the company since 1933: the call letters for WPLG in Miami are for Philip Leslie Graham, Donald Graham’s father and the former publisher and and co-owner of The Washington Post.