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Joe Gumm Out, Ian Reitz In at WTSP in Tampa

reitz_gumm wtspWTSP morning anchor Joe Gumm (right) is no longer with the Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS affiliate.

WTSP GM Elliott Wiser confirmed with TVSpy, the station has named Ian Reitz (left) as Gumm’s replacement.

“I have some exciting news to share,” Reitz wrote on his facebook page. “Later this year my wife and I will be moving to the Tampa Bay area where I’ve accepted a morning anchor job.”

Reitz comes to WTSP from WSMV in Nashville, where he is a morning anchor. Before coming to WTSP in 2012, Gumm worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City.

[Florida News Center]

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Power Outage Knocks WTSP Off the Air

wtsplogo_304x200Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP went off the air for Comcast and Dish Network customers for two hours Wednesday night after a power failure at the station’s transmitter, The Tampa Tribune reports. General manager Elliott Wiser posted details to the station’s Facebook page:

The outage mainly affected two TV stations and several radio stations. Our generator suffered a pump failure two hours in. We got it fixed at around 9:30. We will be installing two pumps to make sure this doesn’t happen again and will review our inspection schedule to make it better.

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Alan Mason Joins Bright House Networks as VP-GM of News and Local Programming

alan masonAlan Mason is joining Bright House Networks as vice president and general manager of news and local programming for Central Florida News 13, Bay News 9, Bright House Sports Network, Local On Demand and InfoMas. His appointment is effective December 30.

Mason comes from News 14 Carolina, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news network in North Carolina. He replaces Elliott Wiser, who was named president and general manager of WTSP in Tampa in July.

“Alan brings significant industry experience and a proven track record of leading highly effective stations operations while building award-winning local news and programming,” Bright House EVP Kevin Hyman said in a statement. “He is a strategic and innovative leader in the industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team.” [h/t Orlando Sentinel]

WTSP Drops Sharing Agreement with Rival Stations

wtsp_304WTSP has dropped its local news sharing agreement with two other Tampa stations ABC affiliate WFTS and FOX Owned station WTVT.

Initial reports were that the CBS affiliate had laid off four staffers in the move, but according to Florida News Center, WTSP general manager Elliott Wiser explained there were three photographers and one reporter who were working as part of the sharing agreement. The three photogs were encouraged to apply for the same positions at WTSP and Wiser said freelance reporter Dave Heller will still be used.

There’s no word whether the three photographers and Heller will still be used by the other two stations.

Wiser, who came to WTSP in June, also told FNC that the original sharing agreement had expired in 2012, but the three stations had continued to participate until this month because Wiser said it was “just not working” for the station.

Elliott Wiser Named President, GM of WTSP

Gannett Broadcasting has named Elliott Wiser president and general manager of WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Wiser comes to WTSP from Bright House Networks, where he was corporate vice president of local programming. He is a former vice president and general manager of Bay News 9 in Tampa.

“Elliott’s record of success in multimedia broadcasting and business, plus his deep connections in the Tampa area, will be a huge asset to WTSP,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Lynn Beall said in announcing the hire. “We’re confident in his ability to strengthen the WTSP brand and help position it as the leading local news organization in the Tampa market.”

Wiser succeeds Ken Tonning, who is retiring after 38 years with Gannett.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead WTSP,” Wiser said. “With remarkable investigations, unwavering dedication to the community and an award-winning staff, they are tremendous advocates for the people of Tampa and poised to become the go-to destination for local news and information.”

Veteran News Director Named VP-GM of Bay News 9

Rod Gramer, a veteran journalist who most recently served as executive news director at KGW in Portland, OR, has been named vice president and general manager of Bay News 9, the 24-hour Tampa Bay news channel owned by Bright House Networks.

“Rod runs one of the best local news shops in the country,” said Elliott Wiser, Bright House’s vice president of local programming, referring to KGW, which won five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year. “He is highly regarded in the business and we are excited to have him join our team.”

Gramer began his career with the Idaho Statesman in Boise and eventually went on to become executive news director of Boise’s KTVB, a position that he held for 10 years before landing at KGW.

He is set to join Bay News 9 on July 11th.