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The City of Sanford has rescinded its controversial warning that members of the media covering the Trayvon Martin case could be arrested, following pressure from local news outlets who argued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

WKMG’s 7-Day Forecast Lists Orlando’s Low Temperature as 5 Degrees

Now that it’s officially Fall, meteorologists are forecasting cooler temperatures — much cooler, according to a weather graphic on WKMG in Orlando.

During the 11:30 p.m. newscast on Saturday night, meteorologist Elizabeth Hart used this weather graphic (pictured, right), which lists the low temperature next Saturday as 5 degrees, twice.

“Apparently, Saturday it’s going to be 5,” anchor Eric von Ancken said with a laugh at the end of the newscast. “We’ll have to fix that for the morning.”

[h/t RogerSimmons.com]

2 Months After Conclusion of Casey Anthony Trial, WKMG’s Tony Pipitone Talks About Media Frenzy

WKMG reporter Tony Pipitone, who is a veteran crime reporter at the Orlando CBS affiliate, took an interesting look back at the media frenzy surrounding the Casey Anthony trial in an interview with WPEC reporter Peter Schaller that aired last night.

“Right from the beginning you had a photogenic mother, a beautiful daughter who was missing,” Pipitone told Schaller, who traveled to Orlando from West Palm Beach for the interview. “A mystery unfolding in real time. With this allegation hanging over the whole thing, a mother killing her child, how could you not find that compelling?”

Pipitone and Schaller paged through an archive of files relating to the Casey Anthony case that is “thousands of pages,” which includes a collection of tabloid headlines that Pipitone felt a responsibility to debunk. Watch video of the interview after the jump. Read more

Longtime Orlando Newscaster Scott Harris Dies

Scott Harris, an anchor and reporter who shaped local news in the Orlando market for four decades, died on Monday after a battle with kidney cancer. He was 64.

Harris worked as assistant news director at WESH and as a reporter for WKMG (then WCPX) before joining Central Florida News 13 in 1997. He was part of the 24-hour cable news channel’s launch team and helped establish its credibility in the market, serving as a reporter and anchor.

“He changed the way everyone did their jobs,” Jennifer Cook, an executive producer with News 13, told the Orlando Sentinel recently. “He was the mentor to everyone at the station. Everyone called him the Senator. He was the elder statesman of the group.”

News 13 remembers Harris in a video here, and WKMG has coverage here.

In Miami, WPLG Returning Local News to 5 p.m.

Miami ABC-affiliate WPLG is returning local news to its 5 p.m. time slot.

After scrapping its 5 o’clock newscast in favor of “Dr. Phil” a few years ago, the Post-Newsweek station is set to debut a new 5 p.m. show on August 22nd.

Calvin Hughes and Laurie Jennings (right), WPLG’s team at 6 and 11, will be behind the anchor desk from 5:00 to 5:30, with Jen Herrerra subbing for Jennings during the last half-hour.

In a recent phone conversation with TVSpy, WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan said the programming shift comes down to dollars and cents.

“5 p.m. newscasts make sense given today’s economy,” Boylan said. Read more

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