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Jose Baez: WFTV is ‘the Worst Tabloid Channel’

Today is the one-year anniversary of Casey Anthony‘s acquittal in the death of her daughter, Caylee. Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, has just released a book about the case, which was the subject of intense coverage in the Orlando market. The Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker breaks down the details:

Early in the book, he blasts WFTV-Channel 9 as “the worst tabloid channel” and “a channel so inflammatory it was just a notch below ‘Nancy Grace.’”

Baez rips WKMG-Channel 6’s Tony Pipitone for being presumptuous in suggesting that Baez work on an insanity defense for Anthony. Baez blasts Michelle Meredith of WESH-Channel 2 for asking “a ridiculous and inflammatory question.” Read more

Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a reporter at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

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Adam Longo Jumping From Orlando to Phoenix

Adam Longo is leaving Orlando for Phoenix.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Longo, who worked at Orlando CBS-affiliate WKMG before joining cable station Central Florida News 13 in 2009, has accepted a job at KPHO in Phoenix as a weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter.

His first day at KPHO is set for August 27th.

Longo, who spent a good chunk of his time in Orlando covering the Casey Anthony saga, was let go at WKMG in 2009, after a year and half there, when the station issued a round of layoffs. A few months later, he landed a weekend anchor job at News 13. Read more

George Zimmerman Looks to Another Orlando TV Analyst for Representation in Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman has replaced one Orlando television analyst with another as his legal representation in the Trayvon Martin case.

Zimmerman has hired Mark O’Mara, a legal analyst for CBS-affiliate WKMG. Zimmerman was dropped as a client on Tuesday by Hal Uhrig, a former WOFL legal analyst, and Craig Sonner. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge.

In a WMKG interview on Tuesday night — before he was hired by Zimmerman — O’Mara said Uhrig’s decision to step down presented a serious challenge in the case. Read more

Following Complaints from Local Stations, City of Sanford Rescinds Controversial Media Warning

The City of Sanford has rescinded its controversial warning that members of the media covering the Trayvon Martin case could be arrested, following pressure from local news outlets who argued that the threat was unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, the City of Sanford, which has enlisted the help of a private PR firm in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, issued a press release stating that law enforcement officials would “not hesitate” to arrest members of the media who approach city employees outside of working hours.

After receiving complaints from Orlando stations, including WESH and WFTV, the city issued a follow-up release on Thursday evening, rescinding its threat. Read more

Reporter Chris Trenkmann Leaves Orlando’s WKMG

After nine years at WKMG, Chris Trenkmann has left the Orlando CBS-affiliate.

“I’m looking forward to the next opportunity,” Trenkmann told the Orlando Sentinel. “I had a great ride. I’m open to the best opportunity in the future. Orlando is where my heart is. I would welcome working in this place.”

Trenkmann, who has worked in the Orlando market for 15 years, was a reporter for the 6 p.m. newscast. His last day was Friday.

WKMG GM Warns of Bright House Blackout: ‘You Know What It’s Like Dealing With Cable Companies’

CBS-affiliate WKMG and Bright House Cable are nearing a March 16 deadline to renegotiate their carriage agreement, and VP-GM Skip Valet is warning viewers that WKMG programming — including the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament — may be in danger.

“You know what it’s like dealing with cable companies,” Valet said in a video editorial posted on the station’s website. “They don’t care about your local information. That is not their priority. At Local 6, it is.”

Valet said he didn’t want viewers to “miss a minute” of WKMG programming, referencing popular CBS shows “NCIS” and “Two and a Half Men” as well as the NCAA basketball tournament, which begins on March 15. Read more

Former Central Florida News 13 Anchor Lisa Bell Joining WKMG

Lisa Bell, a former morning anchor at Central Florida News 13, is joining Orlando CBS-affiliate WKMG in January.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Bell, who left Central Florida News 13 in July after she was replaced on the morning newscast by Marla Weech, had to complete her contract with the regional cable channel before signing on with another station.

“She will report for the 5, 6 and 7 p.m. news and fill is as anchor wherever we need her,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “She is a familiar face who has become a trusted source of news in our community.”

WKMG Sports Director Delivers Major College Football Scoop: Urban Meyer to Ohio State

WKMG sports director David Pingalore appears to have broken a story that, if true, will dramatically change the college football landscape.

Citing “very reliable sources,” Pingalore reported Tuesday night that former Florida Gators football coach Urban Meyer has agreed in principle to  become the next head coach of Ohio State.

“I can confirm tonight through my sources that Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million deal with Ohio State,” Pingalore told viewers during WKMG’s 11 p.m. newscast Tuesday night.  “Meyer will be announced as Ohio State’s next head coach in the coming days.”

Meyer, however, is denying Pingalore’s report. Read more

WKMG Names Bridgett Williams Morning Anchor

It’s official: Bridgett Williams has been named the permanent morning anchor at WKMG, the CBS-affiliate in Orlando.

Williams stepped into the role on an interim basis over the summer, replacing Laura Diaz, who left the television business altogether in June. Williams was previously a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at WKMG.

In a statement announcing the move, WKMG general manager Skip Valet praised Williams’ addition to the morning team. “She has done a terrific job sitting in as co-anchor on the Local 6 Morning News and has become an important morning news team member,” he said. “So we asked her to make the job permanent.”

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