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David Hall Joins Orlando’s WKMG

David HallDavid Hall is the new morning anchor at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“We searched long and hard for the right person to join our team,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “I am confident that we found that person in David Hall. He is a smart, strong journalist who enjoys communicating with viewers, and he is excited get to work in our community.”

Hall comes from KMBC in Kansas City, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Beginning June 23, he will co-anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast alongside Bridgett Ellison.

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Ginger Gadsden to Join WKMG in Orlando

gadsden wkmgWKMG in Orlando has announced Ginger Gadsden will join the Orlando CBS affiliate as evening anchor

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said in a statement. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished Journalist. Like her Co-Anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the News.”

The station said she will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. show with Matt Austin and solo the 7:00 p.m.

Gadsden last worked at WTSP in St. Petersburg, FL. where she signed off in June 2013 after seven years there. She starts at WKMG June 16.

Tony Pipitone Leaving Orlando for Miami

Tony-Pipitone-jpgThe Orlando Sentinel reports Tony Pipitone is leaving WKMG to work as an investigative reporter at Miami NBC owned station WTVJ.

“I’ve worked with many fine journalists, but Tony Pipitone is at the head of that class,” WKMG GM Skip Valet told the Sentinel. “As an investigative reporter, he is as good as they come.”

Pipitone has worked at the Orlando CBS affiliate for 26 years. He’s never worked at another station.

He was drawn to WTVJ because NBC is making a big push for investigative reporting at its owned stations. “They’re going to have a serious commitment to investigative reporting, and lucky for me, they want me to be part of it,” he said.

Jessica Sanchez Returns to WKMG After Cancer Treatment

jessica sanchezWKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez is returning to the Orlando CBS affiliate nearly a year after she was diagnosed with cancer, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“I am pleased to announce that Jessica Sanchez continues to get positive news from her doctors,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “Jessica tells us her oncologist reports recent tests are negative, and after a year-long battle, her cancer is gone.”

Sanchez told the Boedeker that she will return to the station behind the scenes and work on a part-time basis temporarily.

“I’ll see how I feel, getting caught up, relearning the traffic equipment, reprogramming my body to wake up at 2 a.m.,” Sanchez said. “They want to see how I do with all of that. I want to go back and go back for good. I think it’s the best way to go back in part time and get used to everything.”

Gaard Swanson Signs Off From WKMG

gaard swansonWKMG evening anchor Gaard Swanson is signing off from the Orlando CBS affiliate, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports. Swanson will anchor his final newscasts tonight.

Swanson, who came to Orlando from Seattle in 2011, said family reasons were behind the decision to leave. “Gaard’s family lives in Seattle. He’s been flying back and forth,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “His wife has a job she loves. His children are entrenched there. We don’t want to lose Gaard. He’s well liked in the newsroom.”

Matt Austin will shift from mornings to evenings at WKMG, replacing Swanson. He will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Lauren Rowe beginning Monday.

WKMG Banned from Zimmerman Courtroom

WKMG viewers who were wondering where the CBS affiliate’s Tony Pipitone was during the George Zimmerman murder trial today, can wonder more. WKMG has been banned from the proceedings.

“The WKMG helicopter followed and possibly filmed jurors from the courthouse to their destination yesterday (Thursday),” Michelle Kennedy, court services administrator/PIO told The Orlando Sentinel. “Their courtroom credentials have been revoked while this matter is under review.”

Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told TVSpy, “Someone thought we were taking pictures of the jurors. We were not. We are working with the court to resolve this misunderstanding.”

On its facebook page and station website, WKMG is advertising a live text chat with Pipitone, who had been doing live phone updates inside the courtroom during on-air coverage. We asked Valet how the ban would affect the promotion, but have yet to hear back.  We’ll update when we do.

WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Jessica Sanchez, traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

On her blog “Let’s Be Honest,” Sanchez told viewers, “What I thought was a bad case of pneumonia turned out to be a mass on my right lung. It was filling my lung and the area around my heart with fluid, leaving me breathless and sending me into coughing fits that caused people to turn away in disgust. I don’t blame them. Even I was grossing myself out!”

Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told the Orlando Sentinel, “WKMG’s  thoughts and prayers are focused on Jessica’s health and recovery. Read more

Orlando’s WKMG Hires Son of Rival News Anchor as Reporter

WKMG, the Orlando CBS affiliate, has hired Justin Warmoth as a reporter and mobile journalist.

The last name may sound familiar to Orlando viewers. Justin’s father, Greg Warmoth is the anchor for Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

The elder Warmoth, Greg, told the Orlando Sentinel with his fatherly coaching, his son is a natural. “I’ve told him, ‘You’re so much better than I was in terms of his voice, look and confidence,” Greg said. “He played in four straight college world series. He doesn’t get nervous.” Read more

WKMG Responds to the Jessica Sanchez ‘STD’ Viral Video

After the video of WKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez deflecting a video bomber with questions about STDs went viral, TVSpy was curious how the management at the Orlando CBS affiliate viewed the way the situation was handled on-air.

“One of the challenges of live television is that the unexpected can and does happen,” Skip Valet vice president and general manager of WKMG told TVSpy. “We are continually assessing how to best balance our reporting when confronted with these types of interruptions.”

The situation begs the question is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed when dealing with intrusions during live reports? It’s quite a leap from possibly being drunk to being identified as having an STD, on live television. You can see the video of the interaction after the jump and judge for yourself.

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WKMG GM Warns of Bright House Blackout: ‘You Know What It’s Like Dealing With Cable Companies’

CBS-affiliate WKMG and Bright House Cable are nearing a March 16 deadline to renegotiate their carriage agreement, and VP-GM Skip Valet is warning viewers that WKMG programming — including the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament — may be in danger.

“You know what it’s like dealing with cable companies,” Valet said in a video editorial posted on the station’s website. “They don’t care about your local information. That is not their priority. At Local 6, it is.”

Valet said he didn’t want viewers to “miss a minute” of WKMG programming, referencing popular CBS shows “NCIS” and “Two and a Half Men” as well as the NCAA basketball tournament, which begins on March 15. Read more

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