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Restaurant Critic Scott Joseph Joins WFTV

Scott-JosephDuring his 20 year career as a restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel Scott Joseph always tried to keep his appearance under wraps. Now, he’s letting the whole world know what he looks like.

Hal Boedeker of the Sentinel reports that Joseph, 60, will soon be appearing on Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV in a segment called “The Daily Chew,” tentatively set to debut Thursdays at noon. The show centers around Joseph and a local chef who will demonstrate a signature recipe on a kitchen set.

Although Joseph does have some broadcasting experience under his belt, this is his first major foray into TV. After leaving the Sentinel in 2008, he established the Scott Joseph Company, LLC, which includes consulting, restaurant deals that contribute to local charities and a supper club. He also got into radio and continues to contribute to WMFE-FM.

“Through the Friday evening airings on 90.7, I’ve been able to reach a lot of my former readers from my days as the Chow Hound and restaurant critic at the Sentinel,” Joseph told Boedeker. “I’m hoping the Channel 9 spots will reach those who may not listen to public radio.”

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Renee Stoll Leaving WFTV

Renee-Stoll2After three years at WFTV, reporter Renee Stoll has decided to leave the Orlando ABC affiliate. 

On her Facebook page, Stoll linked to an Orlando Sentinel article confirming her move. Above the post, she wrote the following:

 I really will miss the amazing people I’ve met from all over Central Florida, especially at WFTV.

In the article, Stoll told Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker that she would be moving to Manhattan “and working on freelance reporting opportunities up there.”

Her last day is October 10.

Orlando Station Admits it Was Wrong

perry wftv croppedOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV has apologized to viewers after the Orlando Sentinel called out the station for a conflict of interest.

Monday, WFTV had former Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. on set. Perry joined the station as its legal analyst in September. During a segment questioning the content of an ad against Amendment 2, the amendment calling for the legalization of marijuana, the Sentinel said Perry “ripped into” the ad.

The Sentinel’s TV critic Hal Boedeker pointed out WFTV didn’t tell viewers Perry works for the amendment’s biggest backer. Tuesday, the station apologized.

“The fact that he [Perry] works for Morgan & Morgan should have been disclosed, no question about that,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell told [Boedeker]. “It didn’t cross anyone’s mind. We looked at him as the judge.”

Perry is known widely as the former chief judge of Orange and Osceola counties. Parcell said his staffers didn’t remember that Perry works for Morgan & Morgan.

“We hired him for his brilliant legal mind,” Parcell said. “The Morgan connection is irrelevant to why I’d want him to be part of our team. But we have to remember it and acknowledge it.”

Sarah Bascom, spokesperson for the “No on 2″ campaign told the Sentinel, “This is a shameful example of reckless journalism and the one-sided bias clearly promoted at WFTV,” She added, “So the moral of the story here is: If you want both sides of a story or responsible journalism, you better get your news from somewhere other than WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando.”

Martha Sugalski Leaves WESH in Orlando

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Orlando NBC affiliate WESH announced today anchor Martha Sugalski has left the station. The Orlando Sentinel quoted WESH general manager Jim Carter:

“Martha Sugalski has been an important member of the WESH News Team. While we made every effort to keep her at the station, she ultimately decided to move in a different direction and we thank her for her contributions during the past eight years.”

Sugalski joined WESH from WTVJ in Miami in 2006, and has been the station’s main anchor since 2008. The station invested heavily in promoting Sugalski’s personal story a year ago, when she became pregnant with triplets, who were born last June. In recent months, ratings for WESH have been highly competitive — beating longtime market leader WFTV at six p.m., suggesting Sugalski may have been poached by another Orlando station, as Hal Bodeker reports:

One rumor sweeping the local media has Sugalski going to WFTV-Channel 9.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt. “We don’t comment on competitors’ talent, contracts. We just don’t. She’s very talented. We wish her the very best, We know she’s going to have a great future.”

Florida Rape Suspect Rips Mic from Hands of WFTV Reporter

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WFTV reporter Renee Stoll was waiting with questions when a Florida pastor, Pedro Custodio, left jail. Custodio, known as “Pastor Pete”, is accused of raping at least three women who had been clients at an Orlando-area homeless shelter.

“Pastor Pete” quickly tired of Stoll’s questions and grabbed the microphone from her hands and threw it–all of which was caught on video by Stoll’s photographer. “That’s assault,” she said.

Watch it, via Crooks and Liars:

Meteorologist Danny Treanor Returns to Orlando TV

danny treanorVeteran meteorologist Danny Treanor is returning to Orlando television as a freelance meteorologist for WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports:

The invitation to fill in at WKMG was welcome, Treanor said, because he has been friends with chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells for nearly 15 years.

“We live in the same area of town and attend the same church,” Treanor said. “Additionally, I have many friends and former co-workers at Local 6, including Lisa Bell and Julie Broughton, along with producers and photographers.” Treanor called it “a treat to be working with some wonderful friends.”

WKMG viewers will see Treanor for the first time on June 2, when he fills in for Sorrells at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

Treanor is a former meteorologist for WFTV and News 13 Orlando.

WFTV Adds Stephanie Bertini, Shannon Butler

stephanie bertiniOrlando ABC affiliate WFTV is adding two to its news team next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel: Stephanie Bertini (pictured) who will join the station as a reporter, and Shannon Butler, who will freelance for the station.

Bertini comes from Welasco, Texas, where she has worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at ABC affiliate KRGV since 2010.

Butler left rival WOFL, the Fox-owned station in Orlando, last year. She has previously worked at News 13 Orlando and at WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee.

Daralene Jones Returns to WFTV

daralene jonesDaralene Jones is returning to her former station, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Jones left WFTV for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, in 2012. She will be returning to WFTV May 27 as a weekend anchor and member of the station’s investigative unit.

“Daralene has a strong record of uncovering high-value stories that make a difference in peoples’ lives, and we’re proud to have her back on the team,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said in a statement.

Florida State Agency Calls Out WFTV for ‘Multiple Errors’ in Report

wftv logo_304x200The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a press release detailing what it says are “multiple errors” in a report by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

Mario Boone was the reporter on a story the FDLE called “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” The story aired on the station’s 6:00 pm. news Wednesday night.

In its statement, the FDLE said WFTV’s report suggests the agency is ill equipped to handle a growing number of rape cases and may cause rape victims to be reluctant to report the crime because they don’t think the agency can process the evidence.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We found one error dealing with the number of sexual assault cases and we’ve fixed that.  We stand by everything else in the story.”

Here’s the FDLE statement:

On March 5, WFTV News Channel 9 aired a story entitled “Rape DNA kit backlogs continue to drown FDLE crime lab.” There were multiple errors in the story which FDLE feels compelled to address.

“WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said, ‘Delays can result in acquittals.’  

“Fact – FDLE is not aware of an instance in which Biology/DNA evidence submitted to the crime laboratory for testing was not analyzed in time for trial and a suspect was acquitted.  FDLE manages casework and actively works with investigating agencies to ensure that evidence is analyzed and processed prior to trial. Read more

Mark Joyella Resigns from WFTV

joyella_webWFTV reporter Mark Joyella has resigned from the Orlando ABC affiliate to be closer to his family.

Joyella wrote on his blog, “So today I handed in my resignation, and the bosses here were kind enough to release me from my contract.”

“[L]eaving New York, where our entire extended family lives, was far harder than expected,” wrote Joyella, who added, “The homesickness—and for me, with my Mom now living alone in Maine and recovering from cancer—the guilt, became overwhelming.”

Before joining WFTV in 2012, Joyella worked at CNN where he was a digital producer for “Erin Burnett Out Front.” He has also worked at WNYW and WPIX in New York, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa, FL.

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