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Obama Buys Up Tampa TV Time During Republican National Convention

President Obama‘s team plans to blanket the Tampa airwaves with ads during the last week of August while the Republican party holds their national convention in the area.

Obama for America has bought up more than $181,000 in ad time from Tampa stations for the week of the convention, Politico reports.  Obama’s campaign team spent $73,720 for 49 spots on Tampa CBS-affiliate WTSP, $54,500 for 75 spots on ABC-affiliate WFTS, and $53,750 for 42 spots on NBC-affiliate WFLA.

The Republican National Convention will be held August 27-30 in Tampa.  Recent poll numbers show Obama with a slight edge in Florida.

News Director Doug Culver Leaving WFTS

Doug Culver, who has been the news director at WFTS since 2008, is set to leave the Tampa ABC-affiliate.

In an email to staff this week, Culver announced that he would be departing in two weeks.

“Sometimes opportunity knocks at the most unexpected time,” Culver told his staff.  “That’s what has just happened to me.  As a result I will be leaving Action News.”

Before joining WFTS, Culver spent nine years at Seattle’s KIRO, serving as the station’s assistant news director and managing editor.  KIRO is currently looking for someone to replace Todd Mokhtari, who left his ND post last week to join KNBC. Read more

Ashley Glass Moves to Weekend Co-Anchor at WFTS

Ashley Glass has been promoted to weekend morning co-anchor at Tampa ABC-affiliate WFTS.

Glass, a Florida native, joined WFTS in 2010 as a weekday morning reporter and fill-in anchor. She has previously worked at WCJB in Gainsville, WICS in Springfield, IL and WPEC in West Palm Beach.

Glass will anchor alongside John Thomas and Bill Logan on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She replaces Ellen McNamara, who left WFTS to join KSTP earlier this year.

Investigative Reporter Alan Cohn Leaves WFTS

Investigative reporter Alan Cohn has parted ways with WFTS in Tampa, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

“I can’t say what happened,” Cohn said. “All I know is, I’m very proud of what I’ve done at Channel 28. I never broke as many big stories anywhere as I did at that station.”

Cohn joined the Tampa ABC-affiliate in 2009 from WTNH, the ABC-affiliate in New Haven. When contacted by Deggans, general manager Rick Pergram declined to comment on Cohn’s departure, citing “personnel issues.”

Heart Disease Ruled Cause in January Death of Reporter Ken Ward

Former WSOC reporter Ken Ward, who was found dead at his home in January, died of hypertensive heart disease, the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office said yesterday.

Ward, a morning reporter at WSOC was 44 years old. At the time of his death, he had just worked his last day at the Charlotte ABC-affiliate. He was set to join WFTS, the ABC-affiliate in Tampa, in early 2012.

Prior to working at WSOC, Ward was a reporter and weekend anchor at News 14 Carolina in Charlotte. [Charlotte Observer]

WBBJ Taps Keith Baker as News Director

Keith Baker has been hired as news director at WBBJ, the ABC-affiliate in Jackson, TN. The move was confirmed to TVSpy by WCTI, where Baker is currently the assistant news director.

Baker joined WCTI last year from WFTS, the ABC-affiliate in Tampa, where he was an assignment editor. He has also worked at WPXI in Pittsburgh as an assignment editor and assignment manager.

He replaces Robert Davidson, who left the station to become news director for WCBI in Columbus, MS.

>Update: WBBJ has released an official announcement on Baker’s hire. He will start May 14 in Jackson, the town where his parents went to college and his uncle and grandmother have previously lived. Read more

Mark Joyella Hired as Weekend Anchor at WFTV

Mark Joyella has been hired as the weekend morning anchor at WFTV in Orlando, news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy today.

Joyella joins WFTV from CNN, where he is a digital producer for “Erin Burnett OutFront.” He has previously worked as a reporter for WNYW and WPIX in New York City, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa.

Joyella, who will also be a weekday reporter at WFTV, begins at the station in June. He replaces Jamie Holmes, who will be taking over as WFTV’s weekday morning anchor.

The move reunites Joyella with his former boss. Jordan was the news director of WFTS in 1994 when Joyella was hired as a reporter.

After 18 Years at WFTS, Don Germaise Will Retire

Don Germaise, the first reporter hired at Tampa Bay’s WFTS, has announced that he will retire in May.

“There’s no replacing a Don Germaise,” WFTS news director Doug Culver told Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times. He said a tribute is planned for Germaise, who will work his last day at the station on May 25.

Germaise was hired in 1994 at the Tampa Bay ABC-affiliate. He said the decision to leave was his own, and he plans to volunteer for local charities after leaving the station. Read more

Ellen McNamara Set to Join KSTP as Anchor-Reporter

WFTS weekend morning anchor Ellen McNamara has left the Tampa ABC-affiliate for a Monday-Friday anchor-reporter job at KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

McNamara began her broadcasting career with CBS-affiliate KLBK in Lubbock, TX.  After a stint with KXAN in Austin, she joined WFTS in April 2009.

McNamara is the daughter of longtime CBS News correspondent Bob McNamara and her family has strong ties to the Twin Cities. Her parents met in Minnesota and her dad worked at local CBS-affiliate WCCO before joining CBS News.

“Although I’ve never lived there, my family has strong ties to the area,” McNamara said, mentioning that her sister currently lives in Minnesota. “I’m very excited.” Read more

Jeff Butera Joins WZVN From WFTS

Reporter Jeff Butera is leaving WFTS in Tampa to join WZVN in Fort Myers.

Butera, who has worked at WFTS since 2009, will anchor the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts for WZVN, the Fort Myers ABC-affiliate.

“It’s tough to leave behind the great people I’ve worked with and met along the way in Tampa Bay, but I’m excited about a new challenge,” he wrote on Facebook.

Butera replaces Len Jennings, who is joining KMBC-KCWE in Kansas City.

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