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Orlando Stations Plan Extended Coverage for Casey Anthony’s Release from Jail on Sunday

All five Orlando local stations are planning extended coverage this weekend for the release of Casey Anthony from jail, which is slated to happen at an unknown time on Sunday, July 17.

WOFL, WFTV and WKMG will all prepare for a potential release in the middle of the night, starting their coverage during the Saturday late evening broadcasts and going through midnight. All three stations will stay on the air at least 90 minutes and possibly longer as news warrants.

WESH will present live updates during primetime on Saturday and will have extended Anthony coverage on its evening broadcasts. Unlike the other three stations, WESH did not make a minimum time commitment for overnight coverage, but The Orlando Sentinel reported that regular programming will be interrupted for Anthony’s release.

Central Florida News 13 also plans live coverage of Anthony’s release from jail when it happens, supplemented by live hourly reports throughout the weekend.

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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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

John Walton Becomes Latest KARD-KTVE News Director

John Walton, who most recently served as an executive producer at regional cable news station Central Florida News 13, has been named news director of KARD-KTVE, a Nexstar-owned duopoly serving the Monroe, LA-El Dorado, AR market.

“John began his career in Louisiana and was looking for an opportunity to return to his home state. I believe he is the right fit for our team,” said  said general manager Jerry Jones in announcing the hiring. “He has all the tools to take these two stations to the next level of in-depth, substantive news coverage. We’re proud to have him in the Nexstar family.”

A Louisiana native, Walton attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and worked as a producer at nearby WAFB early in his career. Read more

SPJ Announces Sigma Delta Chi Award Winners

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award this week. The awards banquet will be held on September 24th in New Orleans, giving WVUE an opportunity to accept their award for Investigative Reporting in front of a hometown crowd.

Here’s a list of winners:

Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
The Gravy Train – by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer, WVUE

Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Their Crime, Your Dime – by Chris Ingalls, Kellie Cheadle and Steve Douglas, KING

Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Land of 10,000 Stories – by Boyd Huppert, Jonathan Malat and Bill Middeke, KARE

Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station 51+)
Family Feud – by A.J. Lagoe, Paul Nevadomski, Ben Arnold and Katelyn Sherwood, WRIC

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Palm Bay Hospital Gunman – by Staff, Central Florida News 13

Video of the winning entries is available on SPJ’s website.

Marla Weech, ‘Grande Dame’ of Orlando TV, Joins Central Florida News 13

Marla Weech, who the Orlando Sentinel once called the grande dame of Orlando TV, has landed at Central Florida News 13, a cable-based news station serving central Florida. She’s set to make her on-air debut with the Bright House-owned station next month.

Weech, a native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has over two decades of experience anchoring in the Orlando market.

She spent most of her career with ABC-affiliate WFTV before moving on to CBS-affiliate WKMG, where she anchored the station’s noon, 4, and 5:50 p.m. newscasts.

Weech was eventually laid off by WKMG in the summer of 2008 in a move that was blamed on “tough economic times.”  Read more

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