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WFTV Pairs Jorge Estevez, Nancy Alvarez

estevez alvarezOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV is pairing Nancy Alvarez and Jorge Estevez for its evening newscasts on sister station WRDQ.

Alvarez will join Estevez as co-anchor of WRDQ’s 10 p.m. newscasts Sunday through Thursday. The pair will also anchor WFTV’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscast on Sundays. According to WFTV, they are the first Hispanic team to anchor an English language newscast in Orlando.

“They’re close friends, and it shows on television,” news director Matt Parcell said in a statement. “They present the news in a personable way.”

Alvarez previously anchored WFTV’s weekend evening newscasts. Estevez previously anchored WRDQ’s 10 p.m. newscast with Martie Salt, who will continue to anchor WFTV’s weekday evening newscasts.

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WFTV Issues Multiple Apologies Over Series of Reports About One Man

wftv_apologyWFTV has gone to great lengths to make sure viewers understand how sorry they are over mistakes made while reporting about Tim Davis, Sr.

“We have a correction to make this evening. It concerns Tim Davis, Sr., the former Orlando police officer who was acquitted of his son’s murder in February last year,” said Martie Salt, anchor for the Orlando ABC affiliate, in the 6:00 p.m. version of the apology.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel the apology was read nine times in all.

The correction went on to say in 2012, WFTV reported Davis had been accused in the past of domestic violence by two different women. In May 2013, they said police were investigating Davis for allegedly interfering with a child abuse investigation. Both reports were incorrect.

In addition, while reporting that one of Davis’s day care center employees had been charged with child abuse, an WFTV reporter showed the wrong day care center. The charges in that investigation were later dropped.

“The errors were brought to our attention, and we corrected them as soon as we possibly could,” Parcell told the Sentinel.

Parcell said it was a coincidence that the flawed reports all focused on one person: former Orlando police officer Timothy Davis Sr., who was acquitted in February of murder in the fatal shooting of his son.

Parcell said he wouldn’t discuss who had done the reporting. Read more

WFTV in Orlando Adding 4 p.m. Newscast

Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV is adding a 4 p.m. newscast next month, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

The newscast will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” which will shift an hour earlier to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Steve Harvey’s program, which airs at 3 p.m., will move to the 9 a.m. timeslot, replacing Jeff Probst‘s canceled talk show.

The half-hour newscast will be anchored by Bob Opsahl (pictured) and Martie Salt, with meteorologist Tom Terry. It debuts on June 10.

WFTV Captures Courtroom Brawl On Camera

A fight erupted outside of a Florida courtroom between families connected to a double-murder case and WFTV was there amid the chaos.

The Orlando ABC-affiliate was the only local station to capture the fight, which was eventually broken up by court deputies wielding tasers. A local police detective, who was struck in the head during the fight, told WFTV reporter Kathi Belich that in 17 years on the job, he has never seen an incident like the brawl that took place Monday (video inside). Read more

Jorge Estevez Leaving WFOR to Return to WFTV

Jorge Estevez is leaving Miami and going back to Orlando.

Estevez, who has worked as a reporter for Miami’s WFOR since 2006, is departing the CBS station to return to WFTV, the Orlando station where he worked prior to moving to South Florida.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Jorge back to Central Florida,” WFTV-WRDQ vice president and general manager Shawn Bartelt said, announcing the move.  “I am sure that our viewers who remember Jorge will share our excitement when he is back on our air this summer.” Read more

WFTV Veteran Bob Opsahl Leaves 11 p.m. Newscast

It’s the end of an era at WFTV. Veteran anchor Bob Opsahl, who viewers have seen on the 11 p.m. newscast since the mid-1980s, has left the station’s evening shift.

Opsahl, who began his career at the ABC affiliate  in 1978, will still anchor the station’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts. He told The Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker he was looking forward to the better hours. “After more than 25 years of working a night-side schedule, I’m pretty excited about having my nights open,” Opsahl said.

So what’s next for the evening news at WFTV?

Josh Benson will join longtime anchor Martie Salt, said news director Bob Jordan. “There comes a time when you have to prepare for the long-term future,” he said. “We don’t want to do it all at once or precipitously.”