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One Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves.
When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim Deegan the meteorologist. The picture was from the TV Deegan’s DUI in November 2013. You can see a screen grab of the wrong pic after the jump.
WTEV-WAWS news director Robert Longo told TVSpy the Inergize-CMS system (the people who manage the web content) chose the wrong picture. But added he personally apologized to the WJXX-WTLV GM and left a voice mail message with Tim Deegan. He said Inergize took full responsibility and updated the story with a correction.
Longo also tweeted out his apology.
Apologies to FCN’s Tim Deegan. Our CMS-Inergize-apparently mistakenly pulled your picture regarding another story & other Tim Deegan.
In a letter to [Cox Media Group President Bill] Hoffman dated today on council letterhead, Gulliford said the move by Action News is “getting a lot of push back in the community.”
“I have heard it constantly since the story broke,” Gulliford wrote. “People are challenging the wisdom of such a move and questioning whether Cox Media really gets the local aspect of their operation here.”
Asked about the letter, Gulliford said he heard a little more background about the situation from one of the anchors after an interview. After hearing about the situation, he said he didn’t “think someone up the line understands what Jacksonville is about.”
“I think they exercised bad judgment,” he said.
Cox owned Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is reportedly cleaning house in its anchor ranks.
The Jacksonville Business Journal reports, “anchors Mark Spain, Paige Kelton, Lynnsey Gardner and Mike and Tera Barz were told last week that the station has ‘decided to go in a different direction,’ said a person familiar with the situation.”
When asked about it by TVSpy last week, WTEV news director Bob Longo wouldn’t comment, citing personnel policy at the station.
The Business Journal quotes a source who told them the anchors will be out “on or around September 1.”
“No positions have been eliminated. We have not reduced the size of our staff. Our staff size has grown. As for personnel questions, and in respect to our entire staff, we do not comment on any personnel matters,” Jim Zerwekh, Action News general manager, wrote in an email.
The cuts are not performance based, the source said, and the group was told Cox is “hitting the station reset button.” Read more
WTEV-WAWS news director Bob Longo told TVSpy Bedenbaugh will join the station in mid to late May and will start on air, “soon thereafter.”
“Excited to announce that I will be joining #ActionNewsJax in Jacksonville, FL in late May!” Bedenbaugh wrote on his facebook page. “Let’s do this #FLwx! Will be on the weekend evening shows.”
Bedenbaugh comes to WTEV-WAWS from WACH in Columbia, SC.
“I’m thrilled and honored to join Cox Media Group Jacksonville and CBS47 & FOX30 Action News beginning January 27th,” Longo said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join them and continue the growth and success Action News has enjoyed.”
Longo last worked as a news director at WESH in Orlando. He has also worked as a news director in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Binghamton, NY.
“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”
The newsroom at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media Group’s duopoly in Jacksonville, is undergoing a renovation to “to upgrade and coordinate its news dissemination through traditional and web channels, social media and mobile apps,” according to the Jacksonville Daily Record:
Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of WAWS TV-30 and WTEV TV-47, said changes in the news industry necessitate the newsroom updates for efficiencies.
[...] the newsroom has been vacated to prepare for the work and those functions have been relocated to other areas in the building during renovations. About 140 employees work in the TV operation, according to Zerwekh. He expects the project will be completed in 10-12 weeks.
“It’s a significant investment for our parent company,” he said. “It definitely shows their commitment to us and our continued growth.”
“This opportunity was a no-brainer. They’ve got the Jaguars, they have SEC football and they have a strong presence in the high school sports scene,” Hicken told the Florida Times-Union. “They’re committed to local sports, and that’s what I want to do, and that’s who I am.”
Because of a six-month non-compete clause in his contract, Hicken will begin his on-air reporting duties at WTEV-WAWS, the CBS and Fox affiliates, in November.
As Hicken joins the sports team at WTEV-WAWS, Brent Martineau is promoted to sports director, effective immedately.
“Brent has done a tremendous job for us and has won multiple awards for his efforts,” general manager Jim Zerwekh said. “He’s spearheaded our coverage of not just the Jaguars but with a lot of the other sports that we cover.”
Watch WJXX-WTLV’s tribune to Hicken after the jump. Read more
“Bill is a true professional, who knows that relationships are the key to driving our business in this highly-competitive market,” said WAWS-WTEV vice president and general manager Jim Zerwekh. “We are truly fortunate that we can tap into CMG’s vast sales talent pool for this key position.”
Before coming to WAWS-WTEV, Funke was general sales manager for Cox Media Group’s WFTV and WFTV.com in Orlando. He first joined Cox in 1995 as an account representative with TeleRep before joining WFTV as its national sales manager. Funke was promoted to local sales manager in 2002.
“I’m thrilled to take on this amazing opportunity to work with the CMG Jacksonville TV team of dedicated sales professionals,” said Funke.
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