Eiland, who joins WESH in two weeks, previously worked in Las Vegas, Sarasota, FL and Decatur, IL.
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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.
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.
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
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
Anzio Williams left KCRA in Sacramento last month after five years as the station’s news director to pursue “bigger and better things.” And he got just that as NBC O&O WCAU in Philadelphia today introduced him as its new vice president of news.
“I’m so proud to be part of the hardest working news team in Philadelphia,” Williams said in a statement. “This is a great news town, and I cannot wait be a part of this community.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Anzio to our leadership team,” said WCAU president and general manager Eric Lerner, announcing the hiring. “He has a distinguished record of accomplishments as a news manager and as a proven leader. He is a great addition to our team.” Read more
KCRA general manager Elliott Troshinsky announced Williams’s departure in an email to staff this week, saying that the veteran news director “has expressed a desire to pursue some other career interests and opportunities.”
Williams, who has been with Hearst for 14 years, joined KCRA after two years as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. Before that, he was the assistant ND at WESH in Orlando and at WCNC in Charlotte. Read more
A WESH employee was killed on her way to work today in an early-morning highway crash on Interstate 4 in Deltona, FL.
Linda Fern had worked at the Orlando NBC-affiliate for more than 27 years, according to the station. She coordinated live shots and satellite feeds throughout the morning newscasts. Fern’s vehicle was reportedly struck from behind, sending her car into the woods, around 1:30 a.m. Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
“Stephanie is a strong storyteller and is exceptional at covering live, breaking news situations — which means she will fit right in here in our always changing news landscape,” WESH news director Bob Longo said in a staff memo obtained by the Sentinel.
The City of Sanford has rescinded its controversial warning that members of the media covering the Trayvon Martin case could be arrested, following pressure from local news outlets who argued that the threat was unconstitutional.
On Wednesday, the City of Sanford, which has enlisted the help of a private PR firm in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, issued a press release stating that law enforcement officials would “not hesitate” to arrest members of the media who approach city employees outside of working hours.