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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]

Stephanie Gailhard Joins KMSP From WINK

Stephanie Gailhard is joining KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscasts.

“Stephanie knows how to work a story and get the very best information for the viewers. She will be a great addition providing constant updates on the biggest local stories of the morning,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.

Most recently, Gailhard was a reporter at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. She has previously worked at WPEC and WPBF in West Palm Beach and WTIC in Hartford.

Sinclair to Add Mobile DTV in Nine Markets

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will begin broadcasting mobile capable signals from ten of its stations in nine markets.

“The pace of technology makes it imperative for broadcasters to continue to lead in serving our communities,” said Mark Aitken, vice president of Advanced Technology for Sinclair and chairman of the ATSC A/153 MobileDTV standardization activity. “Broad adoption of MobileDTV, as a part of our local broadcast television offering, is the next step. We are confident our Network partners will see the value mobile simulcasting brings in building station and Network brands, audience share, and local television relevancy.”

Mobile DTV, as the service is called, allows viewers to watch their favorite local broadcast stations, for free, on portable devices like smart phones and tablets by adding a plug-in adapter. Read more

Juan Carlos Fanjul Signs Off From WPEC

WPEC weekend anchor Juan Carlos Fanjul is leaving the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, according to Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet.

According to Lambiet, Fanjul wants to “seek other opportunities.” The departure comes seven months after Fanjul was was moved from weekday mornings to weekend evenings at WPEC. His last broadcast was Sunday.

Prior to joining WPEC in 2008, Fanjul worked at WGN in Chicago, WSVN in Miami and WHBF in Rock Island, Ill.

Matt Lincoln Joins WPEC as Sports Anchor

Matt Lincoln has joined WPEC, the CBS affiliate for West Palm Beach as sports anchor and reporter.

Lincoln honored the retiring Pat Murphy in a tweet on his first day saying, “My first day was the last day of a legend – Pat Murphy has spent 30 years covering West Palm Beach sports.”

Lincoln came to WPEC from WWBT in Richmond, VA. He also worked at WBTW in Myrtle Beach, SC, and KTVE in Monroe, LA, where he started his career.

[sfltv.com]

‘Some Of The Fun Has Left the Job’: WPEC Sports Anchor Pat Murphy to Retire

Pat Murphy, sports anchor for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC, has announced he’s leaving TV after 33 years in the business because, as he told The Palm Beach Post, “some of the fun has left the job.”

“I’ve gotten a little disenchanted,” Murphy said. “I’ve seen good people forced out the door or not have their contacts renewed.”

Murphy started his career in 1980 at WKBT in La Crosse, WI.  He worked in Chattanooga, TN, before moving to South Florida where he worked at West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV before moving to WPEC. Read more

Man Chases WPEC Reporter, Cameraman Off Property at Gunpoint

WPEC reporter Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office after a homeowner chased them off his property with a gun, Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet reports:

According to the complaint obtained exclusively by Gossip Extra, Pefley, 53, and Szpunar, 31, were trying to interview residents in the Acreage area on edge about a serial peeping Tom when the incident occurred about 9 p.m. Jan. 17.

Pefley, who wore dark clothes, had been knocking on doors to find residents willing to be interviewed when he arrived at Jeffrey Eassa‘s property. Eassa, 47, is a former principal at Acreage Pines Elementary.

Pefley admitted that the gate to Eassa’s driveway was padlocked, but the door to the walkway wasn’t. So Pefley and Szpunar, camera on his shoulder, walked up the house. They startled Eassa, who was packing his car in the driveway.

“Get the f… off my property, that’s how people get shot,” Eassa told the men as he ran inside the house. He came out with a handgun and, according to Pefley’s statement to PBSO, followed the men to the property line at gunpoint as a woman in the doorway of the house yelled: “Jeffrey, get back here!”

Eassa, who owns his gun legally, told police he did not realize the pair were from WPEC. Lambiet reports charges are unlikely.

WPEC and Sun Sentinel Enter Into Sharing Agreement

sfltv.com is reporting, West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC has entered into a content sharing agreement with the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two will share photos, videos and other forms of content.  The agreement also includes having staffers appear across the two media platforms.

“This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the strengths of our talented teams across broadcast, digital and print, and elevate the news experience for our audiences,” Sun Sentinel editor Howard Saltz said in a statement posted to sfltv. “The partnership allows us to increase our organizational agility while delivering quality, relevant content to our audiences. It’s a win-win.” Read more

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