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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.”

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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.

WFTV Issues Multiple Apologies Over Series of Reports About One Man

wftv_apologyWFTV has gone to great lengths to make sure viewers understand how sorry they are over mistakes made while reporting about Tim Davis, Sr.

“We have a correction to make this evening. It concerns Tim Davis, Sr., the former Orlando police officer who was acquitted of his son’s murder in February last year,” said Martie Salt, anchor for the Orlando ABC affiliate, in the 6:00 p.m. version of the apology.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel the apology was read nine times in all.

The correction went on to say in 2012, WFTV reported Davis had been accused in the past of domestic violence by two different women. In May 2013, they said police were investigating Davis for allegedly interfering with a child abuse investigation. Both reports were incorrect.

In addition, while reporting that one of Davis’s day care center employees had been charged with child abuse, an WFTV reporter showed the wrong day care center. The charges in that investigation were later dropped.

“The errors were brought to our attention, and we corrected them as soon as we possibly could,” Parcell told the Sentinel.

Parcell said it was a coincidence that the flawed reports all focused on one person: former Orlando police officer Timothy Davis Sr., who was acquitted in February of murder in the fatal shooting of his son.

Parcell said he wouldn’t discuss who had done the reporting. Read more

Kassandra Crimi Leaves WFTV for Love

web_bio_crimi (1)Kassandra Crimi, meteorologist for Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, is no longer with the station.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told TVSpy, “We’re sorry to see her go but true love won out!  She’s joining her fiancé in New Mexico as they finalize wedding plans.”

Before coming to WFTV, Crimi started her career at KRCG in Jefferson City, MO, in 2008.

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Meteorologist Rusty McCranie Joins WFTV

rusty mccranie_304x200Meteorologist Rusty McCranie is joining WFTV in Orlando. McCrainie most recently worked at KOCO in Oklahoma City, where he was the weekend evening meteorologist.

“I will be joining WFTV in Orlando as the 7-9am Mon-Fri Meteorologist,” McCranie tweeted Wednesday. “This opportunity was everything I was looking for.”

McCranie has previously worked at KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., WDHN in Albany, WLOX in Biloxi, Miss. and WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V.

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