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Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

‘Post-Newsweek’ Name Retired, Company Now ‘Graham Media Group’

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Post-Newsweek Stations announced today the company would now be known as Graham Media Group, effective immediately. The name change comes after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company owns five television stations, WJXT in Jacksonville, WDIV in Detroit, KPRC in Houston, KSAT in San Antonio, and WKMG in Orlando.

In a statement, Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said the new name was a better fit for the company:

“Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group. “We provide our communities with the best local news, programming and critical information, delivered on-air, on-line and on-demand, via our television stations, websites and social media, as well as 90 news, weather and community-focused mobile apps. In addition, we have recently made a strategic investment in Storm Pins, a crowd-sourced, social weather and breaking news app that connects you to your community, and we continue to look for ways to expand our reach into local communities through innovative digital media and web-based communications.”

Miami station WPLG, previously a Post-Newsweek station, was sold this year to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway

Orlando Reporter’s Book to Become Sandra Bullock Movie

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Leave it to WESH reporter Bob Kealing to tell a story so compelling, it’s slated to become a Sandra Bullock film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has acquired Kealing’s book about Central Florida businesswoman Brownie Wise, who made Tupperware into a major brand in the 1950′s:

Tupperware was originally developed by Earl Silas Tupper but took off in the 1950s when sales exec Wise came up with the idea of having Tupperware parties. Soon those gatherings were sweeping the nation, and Wise became as popular as the product she was selling. In 1954, she became the first woman to appear on the cover of Businessweek.

The film is set to star Bullock as Wise, and be directed by Tate Taylor, best known for directing “The Help”. “I’m honored that two artists at the top of their careers like Sandra Bullock and Tate Taylor are embracing this story,” Kealing told The Orlando Sentinel on Saturday.

Florida Rape Suspect Rips Mic from Hands of WFTV Reporter

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WFTV reporter Renee Stoll was waiting with questions when a Florida pastor, Pedro Custodio, left jail. Custodio, known as “Pastor Pete”, is accused of raping at least three women who had been clients at an Orlando-area homeless shelter.

“Pastor Pete” quickly tired of Stoll’s questions and grabbed the microphone from her hands and threw it–all of which was caught on video by Stoll’s photographer. “That’s assault,” she said.

Watch it, via Crooks and Liars:

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

Jackie Orozco Apologizes For Posting ‘Smiling’ Picture at Murder Scene

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco has apologized on Twitter for posting a picture at the scene of a double homicide over the weekend.

Orozco, who has worked at Fox-owned WOFL in Orlando since 2013, posted a picture of her and her photographer at the scene with the caption: “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

See the photo after the jump. Read more

WOFL Reporter Takes Smiling Selfie at Site of Double Murder, Deletes Instagram Account

orozco_croppedFile this in the “things I shouldn’t do on social media” bin.

WOFL reporter Jackie Orozco posted took a picture of herself with her photographer at the scene of a double homicide Sunday. You can see her report after the jump.

The reporter for the Orlando FOX owned station sent the shot out on instagram with the caption, “So why are we smiling in front of a crime scene? Because we work in the news and it’s my Friday! #ReporterProblems”

Her instagram account has since been taken down.

TVSpy has asked both FOX and Orozco for comment. We have not heard back. Read more

Florida Anchor Calls Out Governor for Avoiding Her

News 13 anchor Ybeth Bruzual took to the airwaves to call out Florida Governor Rick Scott for ignoring her interview requests.

She said she’d been booking Gubernatorial candidates to appear on her show Political Connections which airs in Tampa and Orlando and asked Scott to come on, but was ignored.

Bruzual decided enough was enough when Scott’s office reached out to Bright House Network’s Spanish language channel InfoMas. When Bright House told Scott’s office Bruzual would do the InfoMas interview, the Governor’s office told the station they wanted to choose the interviewer and he would only talk about Hispanic Outreach.

“Our management agreed that it would set a dangerous precedent to accede to such conditions and declined the campaign’s request,” said Bruzual.

[Huffington Post]

David Hall Joins Orlando’s WKMG

David HallDavid Hall is the new morning anchor at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“We searched long and hard for the right person to join our team,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “I am confident that we found that person in David Hall. He is a smart, strong journalist who enjoys communicating with viewers, and he is excited get to work in our community.”

Hall comes from KMBC in Kansas City, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Beginning June 23, he will co-anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast alongside Bridgett Ellison.

Brett Connolly Named Anchor of WKCF 10 p.m. Newscast

connolly_304With Syan Rhodes leaving WESH-WKCF, Brett Connolly has been named anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast on WKCF, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Connolly joined WESH earlier this year. He will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on NBC affiliate WESH alongside Martha Sugalski. Before moving to Orlando, Connolly was the morning anchor at WFXT, the Fox-owned station in Boston.

When Connolly joined WESH in February, general manager Jim Carter said he is a “tremendous journalist, and we are thrilled to have a person of his caliber join our anchor and reporting team.”

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