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Shuttle Atlantis Lift-off Caps a Grueling Couple of Months for Orlando TV

In what many Orlando viewers — and those who work in TV news — might see as an uplifting way to end the week — after almost two months of near non-stop Casey Anthony coverage — all the Orlando stations produced their own special reports for the final liftoff of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the final mission of the shuttle program.

Kennedy Space Center is in the Orlando-Daytona Beach market and stations have long made it a practice to cover the Shuttle launches and, in some cases, the landings, live.

After a slight delay, and holding at :31, Atlantis lifted off into the cloudy Florida sky, “the start of a sentimental journey into history,” as it was described by the NASA announcer.

A few other Florida stations, including WFTS, WTVT and WTSP in Tampa/St. Pete produced their own special reports, over those offered by their networks, ABC, FOX and CBS.

Ratings: WFTV Tops Orlando Stations During Casey Anthony Verdict

The trial of Casey Anthony has been a huge ratings driver for Orlando stations since it began in May and TVs across the market were tuned in on Tuesday afternoon as the verdict in the case was read shortly after 2:15 p.m.

Cox-owned ABC-affiliate WFTV was the clear ratings winner for the jury’s high-profile decision, besting its rivals during the 2 p.m. half-hour when the verdict was read as well as the entire afternoon. Here’s a breakdown…

2 p.m. Half-Hour:

Households
25-54 Demo
WFTV (ABC) 202,000 92,000
WOFL (FOX) 120,200 69,200
WESH (NBC) 75,500 45,200
CF News 13 66,900 43,200
WKMG (CBS) 57,000 27,000

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Florida Bar Hits Casey Anthony Attorney with Complaint for Flipping Off Reporters

Casey Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason is now facing a complaint from the Florida Bar for flipping off reporters following Tuesday’s not guilty verdict.

As the Anthony defense team celebrated the verdict at a restaurant in downtown Orlando Tuesday afternoon, Mason took a moment to wave his middle finger at the throng of reporters and photographers peering in through the restaurant’s windows.

In the complaint, reviewed by the Associated Press, Coral Gables attorney John B. Thompson said Mason violated Bar rules for “maintaining integrity of the profession.”

The complaint says that Mason’s gesture violates the Bar’s regulatory policy, which holds that actions by lawyers that reflect poorly on the profession are subject to discipline.

Orlando Stations Stoke Online Criticism of Casey Anthony Verdict

Even though a not guilty verdict ended the high-profile trial of Casey Anthony on Tuesday afternoon, there was still much deliberation to be done in the court of public opinion, or, more specifically, the court of online commenter opinion.

Capitalizing on the tremendous amount of interest in (and opinions on) the trial, Orlando stations promoted forums on their websites where viewers could go to share their opinions on the verdict.

A scan of the forums, prominently positioned on the websites of WESH, WKMG, and WFTV, shows that a significant amount of commenters believe that the jury’s verdict should have been guilty. Read more

Casey Anthony Juror Tells Local Reporters ‘We Had a Lot of Reasonable Doubt’

“We had a lot of reasonable doubt,” Russell Huekler, an alternate juror in the Casey Anthony trial, told a group of local reporters on Tuesday evening following the not guilty verdict.

“They didn’t show us the evidence good enough for a conviction,” he said, recalling the prosecution’s case against Anthony.

News crews were waiting in Huekler’s front lawn when police dropped him off at his St. Petersburg home on Tuesday. The impromptu press conference included crews from Orlando’s WOFL and Tampa’s WFLA, Bay News 9, and WTVT. (WTVT’s video is above).

Through Fox Affiliation, WOFL Gets Exclusive with Casey Anthony’s Lawyers

Orlando stations scrambled yesterday to land interviews with the key players in the Casey Anthony trial — most of who remained quiet on the not-guilty verdict. Through their Fox affiliation, WOFL was able to air the biggest get of the day — an interview with Anthony defense attorneys Jose Baez and Cheney Mason.

Fox News Channel anchor Geraldo Rivera interviewed Baez and Mason shortly after the not-guilty verdict was handed down in the Anthony case. The exclusive interview, which was more than seven minutes long, ran in its entirety on FNC shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday. The defense team barred all reporters — local and otherwise — from their post-verdict location, Terrace 390 in Orlando (see WKMG’s video of the defense team celebrating, shot through the window of the restaurant, here). Rivera was the only reporter invited inside.

WOFL aired a shorter clip of the interview about an hour later, during its 6 p.m. broadcast. They have the same minute-long clip available on their website.

“We always felt that this case was built on nothing,” Baez told Rivera. “The jury saw through all of the fantasy of forensics, and they saw through a lot of the lies that were presented before them.”

Casey Anthony Defense Attorney Flips Off Media Following Verdict

Casey Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason let the news media know exactly how he felt following the not guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon, raising his middle finger to a group of reporters gathered outside of an Orlando restaurant where he was celebrating the verdict with the rest of the Anthony defense team.

An Associated Press photographer caught Mason’s one-finger salute.

Following the verdict Tuesday, Mason scolded the media in a news conference saying, “Well, I hope that this is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years.”

The middle finger has gotten a surprising amount of play during the Anthony trial. Last week, Central Florida News 13 caught a member of the courtroom audience flipping off prosecutor Jeff Ashton. [h/t WESH]

Central Florida News 13 Catches Audience Member Flipping Off Prosecutor During Casey Anthony Trial

Matthew Bartlett has the most notorious middle finger in the country right now. On Thursday, Central Florida News 13 caught the 28-year-old TGI Friday’s server flippin’ the bird at Casey Anthony prosecutor Jeff Ashton and alerted Judge Belvin Perry.

Perry dragged Bartlett in front of the court and sentenced him to six days in jail and a fine of $400, plus $223 in court costs.

“This is just some stupid thing that I did,” Bartlett told Perry, unable to give a reason for why he flipped off the prosecutor. Video of the sentencing, which looks a lot like an episode of “Judge Judy,” inside… Read more

WKMG Scores Ratings Win by Sticking with Casey Anthony Trial Even After It Was Postponed

Here’s what Orlando stations learned this week: even when the Casey Anthony trial isn’t in session, you should still carry daytime coverage of the case.

The high-profile trial ended early on Monday so most stations switched from live coverage to regularly scheduled programming. Except for CBS-affiliate WKMG, which replayed trial footage from Saturday while adding live updates and analysis from reporters Tony Pipitone and Mike DeForest.

WKMG’s decision to stick with trial coverage paid off. Ratings for Monday afternoon, compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, show WKMG way ahead of its rivals.

The Post-Newsweek station averaged 35,500 households from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, while second place WESH garnered 26,800 with regular programming.

What makes WKMG’s afternoon showing even more significant is that the station was in fourth place in the morning when everyone was carrying live coverage of the trial. On Monday morning, WFTV finished #1, averaging 67,700 households, while WKMG was on in fewer homes (33,000) than it was during its afternoon replay.

Cameras Capture Brawl at Casey Anthony Courthouse

Local news photographers got an unexpected burst of action hours before the Casey Anthony trial resumed today, as a fight broke out in the early morning among people waiting in line for tickets to the courtroom. WOFL‘s video of the brawl, which has been distributed by the AP, is above.

It appears that WKMG and WESH also captured the outburst.

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