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Stewart Moore to Mornings at WESH-WKCF

stewart mooreWESH has announced Stewart Moore will anchor the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on sister station WKCF, the CW affiliate in Orlando, beginning April 21.

Moore joined WESH in 2011 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He will anchor alongside Michelle Imperato when she joins the station in June. Both Moore and Imperato will also appear on the WESH morning newscast, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m.

“Stewart brings a tremendous amount of energy and experience both as a reporter and anchor, and we are thrilled that he will be anchoring weekday mornings,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

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Ali Turiano Leaving News 13

turiano_outsizedMeteorologist Ali Turiano is leaving News 13 in Orlando, FL.

“Her last day is May 9th,” Tim Geraghty, News 13 senior director of news, told the Orlando Sentinel. “The search is underway for her replacement.”

Turiano started at News 13 in 2008 after working at WENY in Elmira, NY. There’s no word where she’s headed.

Michelle Imperato Joins WESH From KSBW

michelle imperatoMichelle Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Michelle’s caliber join the WESH 2 News Anchor team. She has tremendous experience not only as an anchor, but also as a reporter who has covered major breaking news stories,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

Florida State Agency Calls Out WFTV for ‘Multiple Errors’ in Report

wftv logo_304x200The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a press release detailing what it says are “multiple errors” in a report by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

Mario Boone was the reporter on a story the FDLE called “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” The story aired on the station’s 6:00 pm. news Wednesday night.

In its statement, the FDLE said WFTV’s report suggests the agency is ill equipped to handle a growing number of rape cases and may cause rape victims to be reluctant to report the crime because they don’t think the agency can process the evidence.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We found one error dealing with the number of sexual assault cases and we’ve fixed that.  We stand by everything else in the story.”

Here’s the FDLE statement:

On March 5, WFTV News Channel 9 aired a story entitled “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” There were multiple errors in the story which FDLE feels compelled to address.

“WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said, ‘Delays can result in acquittals.’  

“Fact – FDLE is not aware of an instance in which Biology/DNA evidence submitted to the crime laboratory for testing was not analyzed in time for trial and a suspect was acquitted.  FDLE manages casework and actively works with investigating agencies to ensure that evidence is analyzed and processed prior to trial. Read more

Mark Joyella Resigns from WFTV

joyella_webWFTV reporter Mark Joyella has resigned from the Orlando ABC affiliate to be closer to his family.

Joyella wrote on his blog, “So today I handed in my resignation, and the bosses here were kind enough to release me from my contract.”

“[L]eaving New York, where our entire extended family lives, was far harder than expected,” wrote Joyella, who added, “The homesickness—and for me, with my Mom now living alone in Maine and recovering from cancer—the guilt, became overwhelming.”

Before joining WFTV in 2012, Joyella worked at CNN where he was a digital producer for “Erin Burnett Out Front.” He has also worked at WNYW and WPIX in New York, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa, FL.

WOFL to Test Half Hour Entertainment Local News Talk Show

David Martin_woflOrlando FOX owned station WOFL is set to begin a six week test of a new Friday night show called “The Cue.”

The new show will be a half-hour of entertainment local news talk hosted by WOFL reporter David Martin and co-hosted by radio personality Jayde Donovan and WOFL producer Art Miles.

The press release said “The Cue,” which starts this Friday at 11:30 p.m., “will take a witty and satirical look at pop culture and local happenings in the Central Florida area, including local current events and topics trending on the web.”

“This fresh, new format will bring our viewers a different type of entertainment news on Friday nights,” Allyson Meyers WOFL VP and GM said in a statement. “David’s irreverent and unscripted take on today’s hot topics and the local news of the week will be a great addition to our weekend lineup.”

Brett Connolly Joins WESH as Anchor

connolly_weshBrett Connolly has joined Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as co-anchor for the 5:00 p.m. news.

Connolly comes to WESH from WFXT in Boston where he was a morning anchor and reporter.

Current 5:00 p.m. anchor Jim Payne will continue to anchor at 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“With so many hours of news a day, adding Brett to the anchor team will only strengthen how WESH 2 covers news for Central Florida viewers,” Jim Carter, president and GM of WESH said in a statement. Carter also said, “Adding Brett will allow Jim Payne to cover more news from the field, something that we wanted to do for some time.”

Connolly starts Monday, February 17.

[Orlando Sentinel]

WESH Names Kirsten Wolff News Director

weshKirsten Wolff has been named news director for Hearst owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

Wolff posted the news to her facebook page, “I am blown away by today. 7 years ago I dreamed of becoming a News Director. I took a 3,000 mile leap of faith and landed in Orlando. Fell in love with the WESH Newsroom. Today my dream came true. I feel so much love and support from my family – they kind of have to give it .. and my co-workers – they definitely DON’T have to give it. But I feel it! Can’t wait to live this chapter with all of you!”

She replaces Bob Longo who left the station last month.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Wolff has worked for WESH’s parent company Hearst for 23 years, starting as a photojournalist and working as a producer. Before coming to WESH, Wolff worked at Hearst’s KCRA in Sacramento.

Mark McEwen Returning to WKMG

mcewen_wkmgMark McEwen, the former WKMG anchor who survived a stroke while working at the Orlando CBS affiliate is set to return to the station.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, McEwen, who came to WKMG in 2004 after 16 years with the CBS This Morning, will contribute two reports a week.

“We’re here to show the positive light on things, telling stories you might not hear anywhere else … about heroes who may be across the street,” McEwen told the Sentinel. Read more

WFTV Pairs Jorge Estevez, Nancy Alvarez

estevez alvarezOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV is pairing Nancy Alvarez and Jorge Estevez for its evening newscasts on sister station WRDQ.

Alvarez will join Estevez as co-anchor of WRDQ’s 10 p.m. newscasts Sunday through Thursday. The pair will also anchor WFTV’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscast on Sundays. According to WFTV, they are the first Hispanic team to anchor an English language newscast in Orlando.

“They’re close friends, and it shows on television,” news director Matt Parcell said in a statement. “They present the news in a personable way.”

Alvarez previously anchored WFTV’s weekend evening newscasts. Estevez previously anchored WRDQ’s 10 p.m. newscast with Martie Salt, who will continue to anchor WFTV’s weekday evening newscasts.

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