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George Zimmerman Trial Ratings: WFTV, WOFL On Top in Orlando

Extensive coverage of the George Zimmerman trial has given Orlando stations — and their cable news counterparts — a ratings boost. Zimmerman is on trial in Sanford, Fla. for second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

For the seven days of trial coverage from June 24 to July 2, ABC affiliate WFTV led the way in Total Viewers and households, delivering a 1.8 rating / 8.4 share and a 3.5 rating / 9.5 share, respectively. Fox O&O WOFL topped the competition in the A25-54 demographic with a 1.6 rating / 9.4 share. WOFL also leads in the A18-34 and A18-49 demographics.

All four stations are seeing ratings rise as the trial goes on, especially among younger viewers. For the same seven-day period from June 24 to July 2, WOFL was up +64% in the A25-54 demographic. WFTV was up +25%, while NBC affiliate WESH was up +20% and CBS affiliate WKMG was up +17%.

Ratings are after the jump. Read more

Rikki Klaus to Join WESH

The Orlando Sentinel reports, Rikki Klaus will join Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

Klaus last worked as a reporter for WPTV in West Palm Beach. She will join WESH in two weeks on Monday, July 15.

She was the second runner-up to Miss Florida in 2008 and was Miss Teen Florida in 2006 and has also worked as a reporter and anchor at WHNT in Huntsville, AL.

Barbara Maushard Expands Role as Hearst Television’s VP of News

Hearst Television’s Barbara Maushard is adding to her duties as vice president of news.

Maushard will oversee Hearst’s corporate news efforts, a role that was previously held by Brian Bracco. In November, Bracco was named general manager of KSHB in Kansas City.

Maushard has served in her current role since 2008. Before that, she was news director at three Hearst properties: WESH in Orlando, WISN in Milwaukee and KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark.

“Barb has served with distinction at several Hearst stations, leading award-winning news teams,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “Her dedication to quality and excellence in local journalism has been instrumental in the success our stations have had in serving their local audiences.”

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

Marina Marraco to Join WESH Morning Newscast

Marina Marraco will join Orlando NBC affiliate WESH later this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Marraco comes from WVEN, the Univision affiliate in Daytona Beach, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2010. She has also worked as a Florida correspondent for Univision.

Her first day at WESH, where she will work for the weekday morning newscast, will be October 22.

WESH Hires Travell Eiland as Reporter

Travell Eiland will be joining Orlando’s NBC affiliate, WESH, as a reporter, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Eiland has been a morning anchor for WAPT in Jackson, MS for a little more than a year.  Both WESH and WAPT are Hearst owned stations.

Eiland, who joins WESH in two weeks, previously worked in Las Vegas, Sarasota, FL and Decatur, IL.

Meteorologist Eric Burris Joins Orlando’s WESH

Eric Burris will be joining Orlando’s WESH as the weekend meteorologist, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Burris comes to the NBC affiliate from its Hearst-owned sister station WPBF in West Palm Beach.  The Sentinel posted a memo to staffers from news director Bob Longo who said,

“Eric is a familiar face to many of us here at WESH. He’s been with our sister Hearst station WPBF in West Palm since 2006 and filled in here at WESH during 2007 and 2008. Eric is a terrific scientist with easy on-air skills and top-notch weather graphics abilities.”

Burris starts at WESH the week of October 22 which is in one month.

WESH Reports on Bear That Broke Into Anchor Martha Sugalski’s House

Orlando local stations have had some trouble with bears recently. A few weeks ago, a bear found its way into WOFL reporter Holly Bristow‘s stand-up location (while she was reporting on, yes, bears) and this week, a bear broke into WESH anchor Martha Sugalski‘s house.

WESH reporter Dave McDaniel reported on the incident at Sugalski’s house last night (video above). “When I saw it, I yelled at it, and it did turn and run the other direction,” Sugalski’s husband said.

Meredith McDonough to Mornings, Syan Rhodes to Evenings at WESH-WKCF

Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH is shaking up its anchor lineup starting next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker.

Syan Rhodes, who anchors from 4:30 to 7 a.m., will shift to the 10 p.m. newscast on WKCF, the CW-affiliated sister station to WESH. Rhodes will be replaced on the morning newscast by Meredith McDonough, the weekend evening anchor.

News director Bob Longo told Boedeker that the move was made so Rhodes could ease the workload of evening anchors Jim Payne and Martha Sugalski, who anchor more than three hours daily between the two stations. The changes will go into effect August 6. Read more

Hearst TV, Time Warner Cable Fail to Reach Retrans Agreement

Despite extending talks for more than a week past the original expiration of their retransmission consent contract, Time Warner Cable and Hearst were unable to come to an agreement by midnight yesterday, leaving 13 stations unavailable on the cable provider today.

“Time Warner Cable has reached hundreds of agreements with other broadcasters without broadcaster blackouts, but Hearst’s demand for a nearly 300% increase is way out of line,” a Time Warner statement released last night reads. “That kind of outrageous increase is unfair to our customers and unsustainable for our business.”

Hearst has statements informing viewers on each respective station’s website. Read more

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