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WPLG Debuts New Set

wplg1Miami ABC affiliate WPLG has debuted its new set, replacing a set that was unveiled with the station’s move to a new facility in 2009.

The new studio features bold colors and plenty of video features, as described in detail by Newscast Studio:

Suspended from the studio ceiling is a large, internally lit ring. That ring’s curves are matched in the set found below, which features a wide swath of circular walls decorated with light colored bands, wood panels and video walls.

Many elements of the set, especially this header ring, seems to echo the design found at BBC News.

One side of the set features several vertically mounted panels that, together, form a massive video wall. Also included are additional video panels on either side of the anchor desk. It’s interesting to note that the graphics being fed to those panels seem to be inspired by the block-like graphics used on “ABC World News.”

Video after the jump. Read more

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Carlos Suarez Upped to Weekend Anchor at Miami’s WPLG

carlos suarezCarlos Suarez has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami.

Suarez joined the station two years ago as a general assignment reporter. Before WPLG, Suarez worked at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. He will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Jacey Birch.

Rowdy World Cup Fan Brings NSFW Moment to WPLG Live Shot

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Sports, booze, and live TV. It can be a toxic cocktail at times. And it was for WPLG sports reporter Clay Ferraro Sunday night. The liveshot ticks off most of the items on the Greatest Hits List of Annoyances While Live: people waving, grabbing for the microphone, and saying something that really ought never be said on a newscast. Seriously, not ever.

The profane partier, however, wasn’t all that original–appearing to grab a phrase from this notorious fake NSFW local news liveshot.

Instagram user Chris Fischer posted a video, and don’t play it at work or with children nearby: Read more

WPLG Promotes GM to President

wplg_304WPLG has promoted E.R. Bert Medina from VP and GM to president of the station.

The move was announced by the Miami ABC affiliate in a one sentence release

Medina joined WPLG in October 2013 when it was a Post-Newsweek station. It was sold to to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in March of this year.

Former Miami Anchor in Intensive Care

kelley_mitchellKelley Mitchell, former anchor for Miami FOX affiliate WSVN and ABC affiliate WPLG is in the ICU after suffering a collapsed lung.

Mitchell, who is now a radio anchor, told Gossip Extra her doctors are still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s sorta (sic) of a mystery,” Mitchell said. “All I know is that I started wheezing during Memorial Day weekend and the nurse at the urgent care facility sent me to the hospital.”

At times, Mitchell’s trademark gravely voice still sounds like she inhaled helium, but she says she expects to be sent home or transferred out of ICU by Tuesday.

“I still have a bunch of tubes inside of me,” she said. “I hope they’ll take them out soon.”

She added she hopes to return to work within days. She is, she admitted, a little bored.

WPLG Anchor Tweets His Last Show is the One He’s Anchoring

WPLG anchor Jason Martinez sent out a tweet and posted on facebook that the show he was anchoring this morning would be his last at the Miami ABC affiliate.

UPDATE: “I’m moving back to Los Angeles,” Martinez told Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. “I’ve been going back and forth twice a month, and it’s expensive and time-consuming and tiring. I arrive in L.A. at 2 p.m., if the flights are on time, and I have to get back on the plane Sunday by noon.” Martinez added, “I choose my sons over this job.”

Martinez came to WPLG from KTLA in Los Angeles in November 2010.

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Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale

Post-Newsweek_LogoEmily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning. In a memo to staffers obtained by TVSpy, Barr writes:

Please know that the decision to trade WPLG, which has long been an important part of the fabric of Post-Newsweek, was not made lightly or without regard to the implications this has for our remaining five stations. We are a broadcast group that has long been the envy of many in our industry and we remain healthy and influential. Let me assure you we will continue to innovate, lead and evolve far into the future.

When you are asked (and you will undoubtedly be asked) if Post-Newsweek Stations is for sale, you can emphatically state we are not. Don has asked me to innovate and grow our existing stations, not prepare them for sale.

Read the full memo after the jump. Read more

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to Acquire WPLG From Graham Holdings

WPLG_Local_10_ABCWarren Buffett is adding a television station to Berkshire Hathaway’s media portfolio: the company will acquire WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, from Graham Holdings Co.’s Post-Newsweek station group.

In addition to WPLG, the deal includes Berkshire shares currently held by Graham Holdings Co. and cash. The amounts of both will be determined on the closing date, Berkshire Hathaway says.

“Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings. “We thank our longtime  colleagues at WPLG for their enormous contributions and congratulate them on the opportunity to join one of the greatest companies in America.”

WPLG is one of the Post-Newsweek Stations named for the Graham family, which has controlled the company since 1933: the call letters for WPLG in Miami are for Philip Leslie Graham, Donald Graham’s father and the former publisher and and co-owner of The Washington Post.

In 2008, Post-Newsweek reached a deal to acquire WTVJ in Miami from NBCUniversal. The deal was later called off due to a “delay in receiving the necessary regulatory approval.”

Miami Creative Services Director Announces Retirement

Paul.KaniewskiOct2011Paul Kaniewski has announced his retirement from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WPLG GM Bert Medina told staffers, “After a tenure that spans 26 ½ years of service, Paul Kaniewski has informed me of his decision to retire as WPLG’s Creative Services Director, effective March 1, 2014.  As we know in our industry it is rare for a broadcaster to serve the community for this length of time with one company.  It truly speaks volumes for Paul’s dedication and commitment to our industry and South Florida.”

Kaniewski has worked at WPLG since 1988. He also worked at WTVJ from 1980-1987 and WCIX from 1976-1980.

Post-Newsweek Names New GM at WPLG

medina_wplgPost-Newsweek Stations announced Bert Medina as vice president and general manager of its Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.

“Bert’s passion for television, combined with his deep knowledge of the Miami market and his 27 years working in both English- and Spanish-language television at the local and network levels, makes him the ideal choice to lead WPLG,” Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations said in a statement.

Medina replaces Dave Boylan who announced he was leaving the station in August.

Medina comes to WPLG from Cangas Communications, a media investment and management firm, which he founded and led. Previously, he spent 13 years with Univision where he last served as senior vice president and operating manager of the TeleFutura Television Network. Before coming to Univision, Medina worked for Sunbeam Television Corporation where he worked for 14 years. He started his career as a research analyst at WSVN in Miami.

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