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Chris Field Out at WTVT

Fields WTVTWTVT has released a statement on the departure of sports anchor and reporter Chris Field Saturday.

By the wording of the Tampa FOX owned station’s news director John Hoffman‘s statement, it appears the decision to leave wasn’t Field’s.

“I want to thank Chris for her many years of service and dedication to the FOX 13 news team,” said Hoffman. “Her professionalism, creativity and passion will certainly be missed by our viewers. This decision was based on a restructuring of the sports department. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.”

“I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with over the past 17 years at FOX 13 and in the community,” Field said in a prepared statement. “I’ve established relationships and friendships to last a lifetime. I appreciate the incredible sports events I’ve had the privilege to cover, and the inspirational stories I’ve had the honor to tell.  I’m proud of our award-winning sports team at FOX 13 and wish my colleagues all the best. I have built my career and home here in Tampa Bay. I appreciate all the support as my family and I move into the next chapters of life in this wonderful community.”

According to her bio, Fields started at WTVT the same day the MLB Devil Rays were formed in the expansion draft, November 17, 1997.

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Anne Dwyer Announces Retirement from WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay anchor Anne Dwyer announced her retirement from WTVT this morning.

“Anne Dwyer has been a morning news icon in Tampa for decades,” John Hoffman, news director for the Tampa FOX owned station, said in a statement. “Mornings in Tampa Bay will not be the same without her. She is the utmost professional and we will miss her.”

Saying one of the reasons she was retiring was because she out of hairspray, Dwyer told viewers, “It was not an easy decision. It’s time for me to sleep in, get some much needed rest, and tackle the numerous home improvement projects I have put off way too long.”

She started at WTVT in 1986. Her last day will be June 18.

John Wilson Retiring From WTVT

WTVT anchor John Wilson announced his retirement from the Tampa FOX owned station Friday.

“It is time for me to make a graceful exit, and I will do it in a few months,” Wilson told viewers. “I will step away from here in six months in November, just before Thanksgiving, and count my blessings.”

“John Wilson is a broadcasting legend, who our viewers have trusted for many years,” said WTVT news director John Hoffman. “We will certainly miss him here at the station, but we have no doubt his connection to the people of the Bay Area will continue for years to come.”

Before coming to WTVT in September 1993, Wilson worked in Richmond, VA, Portsmouth, NH, Charlotte, NC, and St. Louis, MO. He came to Tampa to work for WTSP in 1981 and stayed there as an anchor for 12 years.

Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne Joins WTVT

Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne is the newest addition to WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa.

Milbourne joins WTVT from WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach. WTVT vice president and news director John Hoffman said in a statement Milbourne’s “strong credentials, coupled with her engaging personality, make her a fitting addition to our station.”

Milbourne, who will be the weekend meteorologist, replaces Sheena Parveen, who left WTVT in November to join WCAU in Philadelphia.

WTVT Apologizes for Showing Naked Bucs Player

Viewers watching WTVT‘s postgame coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday got a very intimate look at one of the team’s players.

The Fox O&O aired a locker room interview with the Bucs’s Donald Penn and, while the offensive tackle discussed a pivotal play at the end of the game, one of his teammates walked into the frame completely naked.  As Penn criticized the officiating in the fourth quarter, his teammate–visible only from the waist down–slowly put on a pair of boxer shorts, finally ending the accidental peep show. Read more