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Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

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After Just a Month On the Air, WFTV Expanding 4 p.m. Newscast

Just one month after adding a 4 p.m. newscast to its programming lineup, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV is expanding the broadcast by 30 minutes. In a statement, the station said the new newscast “provided an immediate ratings boost and laid the ground for big wins with key demographics during the June book.”

“Our viewers made it very clear that what they wanted at 4 p.m. was a full hour of news. We paid attention and made the necessary changes,” WFTV general manager Shawn Bartelt said.

The extended newscast displaces a 4:30 p.m. episode of “Family Fued.” WFTV says the game show will still air on the station at 10:30 a.m. and on sister station WRDQ at 7 and 7:30 p.m.

WFTV Drops 6:30 p.m. News on WRDQ

Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV has dropped the 6:30 p.m. newscast on sister station WRDQ, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“In the fall, an hour of ‘The Middle’ starts at 6 p.m. on WRDQ,” WFTV-WRDQ general manager Shawn Bartelt told Boedeker. “With the launch of the 4 p.m. news on WFTV, we felt it was the right time to put sitcoms in that hour, to prepare for the fall and to use some of the 6:30 resources for the 4 p.m.”

WFTV launched its 4 p.m. newscast last week.

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

Reporter Mary Nguyen Out at Orlando’s WFTV

Reporter Mary Nguyen is no longer with WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

General manager Shawn Bartelt confirmed that Nguyen had parted ways with the station but did not elaborate on the details of her departure.

Nguyen has been a reporter at WFTV since 2003. Her last day on the air was March 23.

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’s Craig Patrick To Join WTVT in Tampa

WFTV host Craig Patrick has left the Orlando ABC-affiliate to join WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa.

“Craig has family in Tampa,” WFTV general manager Shawn Bartelt told the Orlando Sentinel. “His old station, WTVT, offered him a job to come back. It was a family motivated decision.”

Patrick’s last day with WFTV was Friday. He will be replaced on “Central Florida Spotlight,” the station’s weekly political affairs program, by morning anchor Greg Warmoth, who will fill in until a permanent replacement is named.