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Fan Causes Drama at Florida Gubernatorial Debate on WFOR

When WFOR aired the Florida gubernatorial debate between former Governor Charlie Crist and current Governor Rick Scott, the Miami CBS owned station probably had no idea the biggest drama would come off the top, over a small fan.

Crist had a small electric fan placed under his podium. Governor Scott didn’t like it and wouldn’t come on stage.

When pressed by moderator Rosemary Goudreau about whether the rules of the debate allowed electronic devices like fans, Crist replied, “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of out state? I mean, really?”

Crist came out eventually. According to WFOR, Scott’s camp blamed the dust up on Crist.

“When I got here today for this debate, I was told that Charlie Crist was going to cancel the debate, because unless there was a fan on that stage, he would not come out,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “So I think that Governor Scott was waiting to see if Charlie would actually pull that off or not.”

Crist’s fan now has it’s own twitter page:

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Reporter’s Emails Reveal Questions Over Comp Time at WFOR

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According to a report by Jose Lambiet, veteran WFOR reporter Gary Nelson has taken the unusual step of raising public questions about the CBS O&O’s overtime policies–in emails shared with the entire newsroom.

“According to an email exchange between 22-year station veteran Nelson and (news director) Liz Roldan sent to the entire newsroom, Nelson has been denied requests for time off based on comp time for several 15-hour work days,” Lambiet reports. “Seems that Nelson was told his comp time expired before he was able to enjoy it.”

WFOR has a history of conflict, including a reported “internal investigation” led by CBS bosses in New York into difficulties between talent and management:

Allegations include that newsroom employees were told to work overtime for no pay, the lack of open communication with management, and comments to reporters that they “don’t appeal to the right demographics.”

The poisoned atmosphere has been fueled further by difficult contract talks with some of the talent, and the departures of several high-profile personalities.

WFOR Promotes Meteorologist Craig Setzer

CRAIG_SETZERCraig Setzer has been promoted to chief meteorologist for Miami CBS owned station WFOR.

Setzer has been with WFOR for 14 years. He will continue working on the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Craig’s experience in the number one hurricane market in the country serves our news team and our viewers extremely well when it comes to tracking tropical systems,” WFOR VP and GM Adam Levy said in a statement.

Before starting at WFOR in January 2000, Setzer worked at KRDO in Colorado Springs, WFLA in Tampa and KSDK in St. Louis. He has appeared on “CBS This Morning” and “The CBS Evening News.”

Sharrie Williams Joins WPVI From KTVT

sharrie williamsSharrie Williams is leaving KTVT in Dallas for WPVI in Phildelphia, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Williams has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at CBS-owned KTVT since 2011. At ABC-owned WPVI, she will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and report on the 11 p.m. newscast.

Before KTVT, Williams worked at WFOR in Miami, WVTM in Birmingham and WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn.

Irika Sargent to Join WFOR as Anchor in May

Irika Sargent PhotoMiami CBS owned station WFOR has announced Irika Sargent will be joining Rick Folbaum as co-anchor of the evening newscasts.

“We are excited to welcome Irika Sargent to CBS4,” Adam Levy, VP and GM of WFOR-WBFS said in a statement. “Irika will be another key addition to the talented and experienced news team we have here and we look forward to having her partner with Rick, starting in May.”

Sargent comes from KPRC in Houston where she is a weekend anchor and nightside reporter. She has also worked in Mobile, AL, Columbia, MO, and London, England.

She is currently a member of the New York Bar Association.

Levy also spoke about Cynthia Demos who currently anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news with Folbaum and had been filling in after Shannon Hori left the station last year. “Cynthia has given us an experienced and steady hand at the anchor desk during our evening newscasts the past several months and we look forward to having her continue to be a key contributor to our success.”

Miami CBS Station Has New AM News Anchor

makaula_croppedMiami’s WFOR has announced Walter Makaula will join the CBS owned station as co-anchor for “CBS4 News this Morning.”

Makaula will make his on-air debut one week after he joins the station on January 13.

“Walter is a multi-talented broadcaster who is equally skilled as a breaking news anchor and as a storyteller who reports on captivating human interest stories,” said WFOR VP and GM Adam Levy in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

Makaula comes to WFOR from KSWB in San Diego, CA where he was an anchor. He has also worked at KHNL and KGMB in Honolulu, HI.

WFOR Meteorologist Recovering From Spinal Surgery

setzer_neckbraceWFOR‘s Craig Setzer is recovering from spinal surgery from injuries suffered in September.

The meteorologist for the Miami CBS owned station hurt his back in a Flugtag event where teams of people attempt to fly homemade contraptions off a pier and into the water.

He initially tweeted, “Well it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.” with a picture of him wearing a neck brace.  He later tweeted, “Doing better, out of trauma center, very sore, no long term damage.”

But according to his facebook page, while talking about an upcoming charity cycling event he admitted the damage was bad enough to require surgery. “Unfortunately I found out this week that I need surgery as soon as possible to repair spinal damage done during my flugtag flight of Sept 20, so I won’t be able to ride. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still contribute to an amazing cause.” Read more

Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Josh Benson Fired from WFOR

WFOR, the CBS-owned station in South Florida, has fired morning anchor Josh Benson.

“WFOR-TV has terminated the employment of Josh Benson for his operation of a personal website that streamed the station’s newscasts without the knowledge and consent of the station,” the station said in a statement.

Benson’s Twitter page and personal site are both down as of this writing. Before coming to WFOR last August, Benson was an evening anchor at WFTV in Orlando.

CBS, and other broadcasters are in a legal fight with Aereo, a service which takes the signals of local television stations are streams them on internet-connected devices.

WFOR Confirms: Folbaum Replacing Rodriguez at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that Rick Folbaum was leaving FOX news to anchor at WFOR the CBS owned station in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, but didn’t know which newscasts he would anchor. Now we know.

WFOR has confirmed, beginning August 26 Folbaum will anchor the station’s 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscast, moving veteran anchor Eliott Rodriguez to the Noon and 6:00 p.m. shows.

“I am thrilled to be joining the distinguished news team at CBS4,” Folbaum said in a statement. “Everyone in the news business knows that South Florida is one of the best news markets in the country. I’ve spent lots of time in this area ever since I was a kid. My wife and I are looking forward to raising our own children in this dynamic and diverse community.” Read more

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