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Mike McCormick Named WPEC News Director

wpec_304Mike McCormick has been named news director for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo told TVSpy, “I look forward to his expertise, energy and dedication in making CBS12 news, the One to Turn To for content on all available screens.”

McCormick last worked at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL where he had been news director for five years. He has also worked as news director at WPMI-WJTC in Mobile, AL, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville.

He replaces Cathy Younkin who left the station in early January.

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News Director Cathy Younkin Out at WPEC

wpec_304Cathy Younkin, news director for West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate WPEC, is no longer with the station.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo confirmed Younkin’s departure with TVSpy, but would not comment further.

Gossip Extra first reported the news, saying she was “abruptly fired.”

Younkin came to WPEC in 2009 from WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI.

No Charges for Man Accused of Sending Threatening Tweet to Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedCharges have been dropped against a Florida man facing criminal charges for a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo.

Martin Pierro was facing charges of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure for his tweet. He told supporters on “We Support Martin Pierro” facebook page he had spoken with his lawyer, “She informed me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was nothing short of ecstatic, I thanked her profu…sely and told her to make sure she billed me for the little bit of time it took her to call me (what was I thinking? – LOL).”

Pierro ran into trouble after responding to a tweet by the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate’s anchor promoting an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you … find out where … tonight at 11.”

Discepolo didn’t think it was funny even after assurances by Pierro he was joking. Check out the tweet after the jump. Read more

Man Facing Criminal Charges for Sending Threatening Tweet to Palm Beach Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedAccording the The Palm Beach Post, a Lake Worth, FL, man is facing criminal charges over a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo in October.

Martin Thomas Pierro, whose twitter handle is @Cosmic Times, was arrested Friday after he allegedly responded to a tweet by Discepolo about an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”

@Cosmic Times then told Discepolo, “Oh come on that’s an old school broadcasters joke. I was just poking fun at your ‘teases’ for the nightly news,” after the anchor tweeted back, “Not something to joke about…not cool.”

Pierro told The Post by phone, “It was just a joke. Really. Now I’m facing criminal charges.” Read more

Israel Balderas Set to Debut on WPEC

israel_balderasIsrael Balderas has joined West Palm Beach CBS station WPEC.

Balderas left former Charlotte, NC, FOX affiliate WCCB in May. According to Media Moves, tomorrow will be his first day on air at WPEC.

“As you may have read from other postings, it’s official: I started a new job as the weekend anchor/reporter at WPEC-TV, CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, FL.,” Balderas wrote on his facebook page. “Will always have wonderful memories of the Queen City. And now, a new adventure awaits…Let’s do it!”

Balderas had worked at WCCB for three years. He previously worked at KFOX in EL Paso, TX.

WCCB switched from FOX to the CW in July after FOX bought rival station WJZY.

Website Aims to Shame South Florida Reporters by Publishing Personal Info

A website that is geared to “exposing deadbeats to the world” has turned its sights on reporters in South Florida.

The site, deadbeatlink.com, has posted the names and personal information of reporters, both print and broadcast, who don’t meet its journalistic standards. Included on the list are reporters for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC.

For example, when you click on the link for WPEC reporter Benjamin Becker, deadbeatlink.com shows his personal info, including his address and gives a short explanation of why he’s being targeted,

Benjamin Ruttenberg Becker is a reporter for WPEC Channel 12 in West Palm Beach. As journalists, the staff of the WPEC have chosen to ignore select political figures in Palm Beach County, turning their heads while their agencies run rampant with corruption, ranging in crimes of moral turpitude, stealing from tax payers to even committing murder.They cover things up in their own industry; if a member of the media commits rape, they are dismissed quietly and it is ignored by the rest of the media, deemed not worthy of news.

The video above was posted to Vimeo by Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra. He was sent the video after asking the group behind the site, in his words, “what’s up?” In it, the group says journalism is supposed to be a watchdog of the government. The people behind the website obviously think that’s not happening and promise to list a new news organization every week. Read more

WPEC Weekend Anchor Jenna Caiazzo Robbed at Gunpoint

jenna caiazzoWPEC weekend anchor and reporter Jenna Caiazzo was robbed at gunpoint Friday night in downtown West Palm Beach.

“Last night I was the victim of an armed robbery in downtown West Palm Beach. I was leaving dinner at City Place around 10:30 and was held up at gunpoint by two young black males,” she reported over the weekend. “They demanded my friend’s and my pocketbooks and threatened to shoot. They got away with everything we have.”

Caiazzo directed anyone with tips on the men’s identity or whereabouts to call the Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County or to reach out to her directly with the information. [h/t NewsBlues]

WPEC To Move 7:00 p.m. Newscast, Replace it with ‘Entertainment Tonight’

WPEC, the CBS affiliate for West Palm Beach, is moving its 7:00 p.m. newscast to CW affiliate WTVX at 10:00 p.m. and running “Entertainment Tonight” in its place.

WPEC told TVSpy, current 7:00 p.m. anchors Stephanie Watson and Ben Becker will continue to anchor the 10:00 p.m. show which debuts in January 2014. The WPEC 7:00 p.m. show will be replaced by “ET” on September 10.

According to GossipExtra, anchors Becker and Watson discovered the change after seeing promos about the switch.

>UPDATE: WPEC general manager Michael Pumo told TVSpy, “The entire 7p anchor team was told by me, in my office about the move before it was announced to the station and the general public.  Promos for ET began in mid-July nearly a month afterwards.”

Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli Joining WPEC From WFOR

Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews has signed a new contract with the station. In a statement, general manager Michael Puno said Berardelli’s hire and Matthews’ extension are “just another step in putting together the most talented group of weather, news and content providers in the WPB and Ft. Pierce markets.”

Berardelli has worked at WFOR since 2007. He is the second meteorologist to announce his departure from the CBS O&O this week. David Bernard, who has been with the station since 2005, will leave when his contract is up in November after reportedly rejecting a pay cut from WFOR bosses.

Moving from WFOR to WPEC is a 22-market drop for Berardelli. “Things are falling apart at CBS 4 Miami,” one South Florida television insider told TVSpy.

Before joining WPEC, Berardelli was the morning meteorologist at another CBS O&O, WCBS in New York City. While in New York, he worked as a fill-in anchor for the “CBS Early Show” and served as a consultant for CBS News.

More in WPEC’s press release after the jump. Read more

Man Arrested After Snatching Mic From WPEC Reporter’s Hand

A Lake Worth, FL, landlord has been charged with battery after grabbing the microphone from WPEC reporter Lynn Gordon‘s hand after Gordon approached the man looking for answers.

Gordon and photographer Frank Porter were wrapping up a story about residents of a housing complex living in unsanitary conditions when they saw the landlord Nabil Kashik. “What do you tell these people?” asked Gordon as she approached Kashik. Kashik then grabbed the mic out of Gordon’s hand following a brief verbal exchange.

The West Palm Beach CBS affiliate said a resident called police after witnessing the confrontation. Police watched the video, then charged Kashik with battery.

You can watch the video by clicking here. WPEC’s website does not allow embedding.

[SFLTV]

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