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Bright House Drops General Managers of Central Florida News and Bay News 9

The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker is reporting both Robin Smythe, vice president and general manager of Central Florida News 13, and Rod Gramer, vice president and general manager of cable news station Bay News 9, have been let go due to a reorganization.

Elliott Wiser, vice president of local programming for Bright House Networks, announced the changes in a staff memo Monday. “Through careful analysis, we became aware there was redundancy in our organizational structure,” he said. “Therefore, effective today, the VP/GM positions at Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 will be eliminated.”

Smythe had been with the station since its inception in 1997. She started as news director before working her way up to the front office.  Gramer joined Bay News 9 in July of 2011 after 13 years at Portland, OR, NBC affiliate KGW. Read more

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Rick Jacobs Upped to News Director at KGW

Station veteran Rick Jacobs has been promoted to news director at KGW.

Jacobs has served as assistant news director at the Portland NBC-affiliate for over a decade.

KGW president and general manager DJ Wilson confirmed the promotion to TVSpy this week.  An official announcement is expected soon.

Jacobs succeeds Rod Gramer, who left KGW this summer after 13 years as the station’s news director to become vice president and general manager at Bay News 9 in Tampa.  Before joining KGW, Jacobs worked as a producer at Portland CBS-affiliate KOIN.  He has been KGW’s acting news director for the past few months.

Tampa’s Bay News 9 Mistakenly Reports Florida AG Gave A Urine Sample To ‘The Daily Show’

It started on Wednesday, when “Daily Show” comedian Aasif Mandvi asked Florida governor Rick Scott to provide a urine sample. It continued yesterday, when Mandvi asked a slew of Florida legislators, including attorney general Pam Bondi (pictured), to provide one, too. And it ended badly for Tampa’s Bay News 9, which missed the joke entirely.

After Bondi jokingly handed a container of amber-colored liquid — later identified as apple juice — to Mandvi at a press conference yesterday, the Tampa-based regional cable network took to Twitter. “CONFIRMED: Fla. Att. Gen. Pam Bondi has actually provided a unrine sample to @TheDailyShow,” the station wrote (it has since been deleted).

“I’m not a happy camper,” Bay News 9 general manager Rod Gramer told the St. Petersburg Times. The station, which had also posted an article on their website, issued a correction. Read more

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.