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Daralene Jones Returns to WFTV

daralene jonesDaralene Jones is returning to her former station, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Jones left WFTV for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, in 2012. She will be returning to WFTV May 27 as a weekend anchor and member of the station’s investigative unit.

“Daralene has a strong record of uncovering high-value stories that make a difference in peoples’ lives, and we’re proud to have her back on the team,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said in a statement.

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Florida State Agency Calls Out WFTV for ‘Multiple Errors’ in Report

wftv logo_304x200The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a press release detailing what it says are “multiple errors” in a report by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

Mario Boone was the reporter on a story the FDLE called “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” The story aired on the station’s 6:00 pm. news Wednesday night.

In its statement, the FDLE said WFTV’s report suggests the agency is ill equipped to handle a growing number of rape cases and may cause rape victims to be reluctant to report the crime because they don’t think the agency can process the evidence.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We found one error dealing with the number of sexual assault cases and we’ve fixed that.  We stand by everything else in the story.”

Here’s the FDLE statement:

On March 5, WFTV News Channel 9 aired a story entitled “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” There were multiple errors in the story which FDLE feels compelled to address.

“WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said, ‘Delays can result in acquittals.’  

“Fact – FDLE is not aware of an instance in which Biology/DNA evidence submitted to the crime laboratory for testing was not analyzed in time for trial and a suspect was acquitted.  FDLE manages casework and actively works with investigating agencies to ensure that evidence is analyzed and processed prior to trial. Read more

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.

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

Kassandra Crimi Leaves WFTV for Love

web_bio_crimi (1)Kassandra Crimi, meteorologist for Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, is no longer with the station.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We’re sorry to see her go but true love won out!  She’s joining her fiancé in New Mexico as they finalize wedding plans.”

Before coming to WFTV, Crimi started her career at KRCG in Jefferson City, MO, in 2008.

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Orlando Police Demand Apology, Correction from WFTV

The Orlando Police department is demanding an apology and a correction for some reporting related to a double shooting Monday night.

During his 5pm liveshot, WFTV reporter Christopher Heath held up a police document and reported that two of the victims, a teenager named Jonathan Cook and a woman named Khoy Williams had criminal records. “Mr. Cook had one incident. Khoy Williams had an extensive criminal history including drug charges and prostitution charges,” reported Heath.

But Orlando PD says that’s not right, and says the station showed the wrong picture of Williams. Writes Orlando PD public information officer Sergeant Jim Young:

This story has caused not only distraught for the victims families, but has also potentially jeopardized the investigation. The family is extremely upset that WFTV has stated their daughter had a criminal history and stated what that history was, which is not true of the victim.

Young is requesting an apology as well as on air and online corrections. “It is irresponsible reporting to mislead the public and provide them wrong information,” he writes.

WFTV did add this note to the end of the online version of the story: “WFTV incorrectly identified that Williams had a criminal history, but she did not. WFTV apologizes for the error.”

> More: An on-air correction came during today’s Noon newscast: “We reported that Williams had a criminal history. She did not have a criminal history. Channel 9 regrets the error.”

“If we make a mistake we correct it as quickly as possible,” news director Matt Parcell tells TVSpy.

Young’s letter, after the jump…

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WFTV Hires George Waldenberger as Weekend Meteorologist

George Waldenberger will join Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV as the weekend meteorologist beginning January 16.

Waldenberger comes to Orlando from Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told the Orlando Sentinel, “He’s exceptionally bright with excellent forecasting skills.”

Waldenberger previously worked for KMEG in Sioux City, IA, and KJRH in Tulsa.

Casey Anthony’s Lawyer Wants to Depose WESH and WFTV Reporters

Charles Greene, the attorney for Casey Anthony, has filed notice he wants to depose Kathi Belich, a reporter for the Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, and Michelle Meredith, a reporter for the Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, in a defamation suit against Anthony.

Anthony is being sued for defamation by Zenaida Gonzalez who claims her reputation was ruined when Anthony blamed the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, on a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez. Read more

Lisa Blegen Named Managing Editor at WFTV

There is a new managing editor at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Lisa Blegen will join the station from KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Blegen steps into the role formerly held by Matt Parcell, who was promoted to news director at the station last month. At KTVT, Blegen was the executive producer of investigations and special projects.

“We are extremely excited to bring in someone with Lisa’s great investigative and hard news experience,” Parcell said.

The move is a return to Florida for Blegen, who spent 13 years as an investigative and executive producer at WTVT in Tampa before moving to Dallas in 2010.

Matt Parcell Promoted to News Director at WFTV

Matt Parcell is stepping into the news director role at Orlando ABC-affiliate WFTV, the station announced today.

Parcell, who has been WFTV’s managing editor for four years, takes over for his mentor, Bob Jordan, who becomes news director at KIRO in Seattle this month.

“It’s not often you get handed the keys to a high performance machine such as the Eyewitness News newsroom,”  Parcell said in a statement. “We have a fantastic team of dedicated journalists and I couldn’t be more proud or more humbled to be entrusted to lead this operation.”

Parcell joined WFTV in 1997. Before becoming managing editor, he managed the station’s Special Projects department, which includes WFTV’s investigative and consumer reporting units.  Read more

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