Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’
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
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.
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
When WPEC news operations manager Carl Pugliese launched a remote camera drone to get an aerial view of the Palm Beach Mall demolition last week for the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, he had no idea he would incite a swarm of bees to attack.
In the video, you can see a few bees quickly became a swarm. Eventually, the bees got so thick on the drone Pugliese was forced to bring it in closer to see what the problem was.
Angry bees became a cloud around the drone and also began attacking Pugliese and CBS12 cameraman Chad Ellison, whom Pugliese captured dancing and swatting frantically to avoid being stung. Didn’t help. Both of them took several stings. Pugliese himself can be seen toward the end of the drone video, diving into his SUV to avoid the swarm. Unfortunately for him some tagged along inside, and he is seen trying to fling them out. He landed the drone from inside the car.
Of the four covering the story, the drone, Pugliese, Ellison and reporter Jenna Calazzo, only Calazzo avoided getting stung. She retreated to the safety of the live truck. You can view the video after the jump. Read more
“I do not agree with the direction that the station wants to take the sports department and decided it was best for me to pursue other opportunities,” Samuels told TVSpy in an email.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel recruited celebrities including local news anchors from around South Florida to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” in a video mash-up.
Included in on the holiday fun were Adam Kuperstein and Jackie Nespral from NBC owned WTVJ, Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens from Miami FOX affiliate WSVN along with John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes from CBS affiliate WPEC in West Palm Beach.
The video also featured players from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NBA’s Miami Heat and even fight promoter Don King. Watch the video after the jump. Read more
Scott Livingston, Sinclair Broadcasting’s vice president of news, is defending the company’s election special against criticism that it presented an anti-Obama agenda. The special — which aired on six stations in battleground states on Monday night — was a “continuation of the engagement of the audience and the process of educating them about the topics,” Livingston tells TVNewsCheck:
“No doubt it was hard-hitting, but it was fair,” said VP of News Scott Livingston, who oversees the local news operations of 42 Sinclair stations. “No one is disputing the facts of the stories that aired in the special.”
Livingston said no partisan agenda was at play in producing the show — nor in choosing the markets in which it was played. Read more
Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire for an election special that aired on stations in battleground states Monday night. The half-hour special — broadcast on the eve of the election in Columbus, Dayton and West Palm Beach — is being criticized as a partisan attack on President Barack Obama. Talking Points Memo, which first reported on the special, writes it “sounded more like Fox News than local news”:
ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus aired a half-hour “election special” twice on Monday night — first at 6:30 p.m. instead of World News with Diane Sawyer, and later at 11:30 p.m., during the slot normally held by Nightline. Rather than a side by side comparison of the two major party candidates, however, the special featured some of the most partisan criticisms of President Barack Obama, and spent relatively little time examining Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
“Much of the first two years of President Obama’s term in office was spent developing and defending Obamacare — that’s the Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March of 2010,” anchor Bob Kendrick said, near the program’s halfway point. “It supposedly guarantees health care for any U.S. resident who could not obtain good health care otherwise. The biggest parts of the law go into effect in 2014, with other pieces of it rolling out over the next decade. The cost of Obamacare is making many Americans sick to their stomach, though.” Read more
Gossip Extra first reported the news, getting ‘no comments’ from both Pantelides and station management,
“I’m contractually obligated not to comment,” the pint-sized personality (Pantelides) said when asked about her imminent departure.