Swanson, who came to Orlando from Seattle in 2011, said family reasons were behind the decision to leave. “Gaard’s family lives in Seattle. He’s been flying back and forth,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “His wife has a job she loves. His children are entrenched there. We don’t want to lose Gaard. He’s well liked in the newsroom.”
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It is a return to Orlando for Washington, who will also work as a fill-in anchor at the station. She is a former reporter and weekend anchor at NBC affiliate WESH. Since leaving Orlando in 2010, she has worked in public relations and as a freelance reporter at WCAU, the NBC owned station in Philadelphia.
According to Boedeker, Washington replaces Steven Cooper, who is moving to Atlanta.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post Company’s newspaper business, including The Washington Post, for $250 million.
The acquisition does not include the Post-Newsweek station group, Cable ONE, Slate magazine, TheRoot.com, Foreign Policy and Kaplan are also not included in the deal. The Washington Post Company will be changing its name.
The broadcasting division, which still carries the name of the magazine the company sold in 2010 (It was sold again over the weekend to IBT Media), is headquartered in Detroit at station WDIV. Post-Newsweek also owns WJXT in Jacksonville, KPRC in Houston and KSAT in San Antonio.
Two other Post-Newsweek Stations are named for members of the Graham family, which has controlled the company since 1933: the call letters for WPLG in Miami are for Philip Leslie Graham, and the call letters for WKMG in Orlando stand for his wife Katharine Meyer Graham. Their son, Donald Graham is now CEO of the company. In a news release announcing the sale of the namesake newspaper, Graham writes, “Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”
Bezos is purchasing the newspapers through a personal investment entity that is separate from Amazon. The official announcement after the jump. Read more
Jessica Sanchez, the traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in March, gave fans some good news in her battle against a tumor discovered in her right lung.
“I have so much happy news to report! First, the lymphoma tumor is gone!!!” Sanchez wrote on her Let’s Be Honest Blog. “It melted like butter! And second… I am finished with chemotherapy!! Can you believe it’s been only a little more than four months since I was diagnosed??”
“I’m anxious to return to work, but I want to do so when I have the strength to do it right,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “One thing I can say is the outpouring of well-wishes, thoughts and prayers brighten up my heart and heal my soul. Family, friends and viewers have been wonderful in keeping me in positive spirits, and it has contributed greatly to my own positive outlook. It feels amazing to have so much support.”
Orlando Stations were ready to go once word of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came. All four stations broke into regular Saturday night programming to bring viewers a live feed of the jury’s verdict.
CBS affiliate WKMG was first on-air at 9:48.36 with Lauren Rowe, Tony Pipitone and legal analyst Eric DuBois from outside the courthouse telling viewers a verdict had been reached. Next up was FOX owned station WOFL at 9:49.11 with word of activity in the courthouse.
ABC affiliate WFTV and NBC affiliate WESH were one second apart with ABC breaking into network show “666 Park Avenue” at 9:50.02 with legal analyst Bill Sheaffer and Greg Warmoth. The pair told viewers the Seminole County Justice Center had tweeted confirmation a verdict had been reached. Jim Payne from WESH broke in solo tossing, as all the stations did, to the live feed of the courtroom and the reading of the verdict by the jury.
“The WKMG helicopter followed and possibly filmed jurors from the courthouse to their destination yesterday (Thursday),” Michelle Kennedy, court services administrator/PIO told The Orlando Sentinel. “Their courtroom credentials have been revoked while this matter is under review.”
Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told TVSpy, “Someone thought we were taking pictures of the jurors. We were not. We are working with the court to resolve this misunderstanding.”
On its facebook page and station website, WKMG is advertising a live text chat with Pipitone, who had been doing live phone updates inside the courtroom during on-air coverage. We asked Valet how the ban would affect the promotion, but have yet to hear back. We’ll update when we do.
Extensive coverage of the George Zimmerman trial has given Orlando stations — and their cable news counterparts — a ratings boost. Zimmerman is on trial in Sanford, Fla. for second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
For the seven days of trial coverage from June 24 to July 2, ABC affiliate WFTV led the way in Total Viewers and households, delivering a 1.8 rating / 8.4 share and a 3.5 rating / 9.5 share, respectively. Fox O&O WOFL topped the competition in the A25-54 demographic with a 1.6 rating / 9.4 share. WOFL also leads in the A18-34 and A18-49 demographics.
All four stations are seeing ratings rise as the trial goes on, especially among younger viewers. For the same seven-day period from June 24 to July 2, WOFL was up +64% in the A25-54 demographic. WFTV was up +25%, while NBC affiliate WESH was up +20% and CBS affiliate WKMG was up +17%.
Ratings are after the jump. Read more
Jessica Sanchez, the WKMG traffic reporter who was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma briefly returned to the Orlando CBS affiliate’s morning show where she showed off her newly shaved head.
“I bawled my eyes out that night,” Sanchez said of the night she had her head shaved. “And I woke up the next morning with these swollen eyes and this bald head and I looked like Sloth from ‘The Goonies.’”
Before her live visit to the set, the station did a short package showing Sanchez getting her head shaved due to the effects of chemotherapy treatment she’s undergoing. She said on her blog she will undergo six chemo treatments in all. Read more
On her blog “Let’s Be Honest,” Sanchez told viewers, “What I thought was a bad case of pneumonia turned out to be a mass on my right lung. It was filling my lung and the area around my heart with fluid, leaving me breathless and sending me into coughing fits that caused people to turn away in disgust. I don’t blame them. Even I was grossing myself out!”
“Jacqueline is a skilled journalist and an engaging anchor, and we look forward to welcoming her to the NBC10 team,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in announcing the hire.