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Jacksonville City Council President: Cox ‘Exercised Bad Judgment’ at WTEV-WAWS

1000px-Cox_Media_Group_svgJacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford has sent a letter to Cox Media criticizing the decision to dismiss five anchors at WTEV-WAWS, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports:

In a letter to [Cox Media Group President Bill] Hoffman dated today on council letterhead, Gulliford said the move by Action News is “getting a lot of push back in the community.”

“I have heard it constantly since the story broke,” Gulliford wrote. “People are challenging the wisdom of such a move and questioning whether Cox Media really gets the local aspect of their operation here.”

Asked about the letter, Gulliford said he heard a little more background about the situation from one of the anchors after an interview. After hearing about the situation, he said he didn’t “think someone up the line understands what Jacksonville is about.”

“I think they exercised bad judgment,” he said.

Mark SpainPaige Kelton, Lynnsey Gardner and Mike and Tera Barz will be out in September in a move described as “hitting the station reset button.”

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Jacksonville Reporter Nearly Attacked by Giant Reptile

“Kate, are you actually in there with them?” a concerned Tera Barz asked Kate Paul, who was reporting live from inside a reptile enclosure, during the WAWS morning newscast.

A rare breed of crocodile-like reptile had just laid eggs at a local zoo and Paul was there to cover it. She quickly found out, though, that one should keep their distance from a Gharial mother who has just laid eggs (video above).

“You’re a brave woman, Kate,” said anchor Mike Barz after the reptile lunged at Paul. “You’ve earned your money today, that’s for sure.” [h/t Florida News Center]

On the Move, 3/17/11

Jummy Olabanji joins WJLA-TV in Washington DC as a reporter from WTKR-TV in Norfolk.

Mike Barz expands his morning anchor duties from two hours (5-7am) to four hours (5-9am) at WAWS-TV and WTEV-TV in Jacksonville.

Bridget Blythe joins NECN in Boston as a Monday through Friday AM anchor/reporter from morning anchor at WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

Kathryn Brown is promoted to staff reporter from freelance reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City. Read more