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Jacksonville Station Mistakenly Shows Rival Meteorologist as Man Wanted for Sex Crimes

Deegan_DUI_croppedOne 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.

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Jacksonville City Council President: Cox ‘Exercised Bad Judgment’ at WTEV-WAWS

1000px-Cox_Media_Group_svgJacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford has sent a letter to Cox Media criticizing the decision to dismiss five anchors at WTEV-WAWS, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports:

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.

Mark SpainPaige Kelton, Lynnsey Gardner and Mike and Tera Barz will be out in September in a move described as “hitting the station reset button.”

Jacksonville Station to Reportedly Let Five Anchors Go

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Cox owned Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is reportedly cleaning house in its anchor ranks.

The Jacksonville Business Journal reports, “anchors Mark SpainPaige 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

Garrett Bedenbaugh to Join WTEV-WAWS as Weekend Meteorologist

bedenbaugh_wtevwawsGarrett Bedenbaugh is joining Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS as weekend meteorologist.

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.

Bob Longo Named News Director for WTEV-WAWS

WTEV-WAWS logo_304x200Cox Media Group has named Bob Longo as news director for its Jacksonville, FL, CBS and FOX affiliates WTEV-WAWS.

“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.

He replaces Mike McCormick who left WTEV-WAWS in early December.

Mike McCormick Out as WTEV-WAWS ND

action news jacksonvilleNews director Mike McCormick is out at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla.

“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.”

McCormick has been news director since 2008. Before joining WTEV-WAWS, he worked as news director at WPMI in Mobile, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV in Jacksonville.

WTEV-WAWS Renovating Newsroom

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.”

After 27 Years at WJXX-WTLV, Sportscaster Dan Hicken Joins Rival Jacksonville Station

After 27 years at WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville, Dan Hicken is joining rival WTEV-WAWS.

“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.

“We’ll all miss him,” WJXX-WTLV general manager Eric Land said. “And hopefully we will be able to see his career take a new step that is fulfilling for him and his family.”

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

Cox Names Bill Funke Director of Sales for WAWS-WTEV

Cox Media Group has named Bill Funke director of sales for Jacksonville, FL, FOX affiliate WAWS and CBS affiliate WTEV.

“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.

[Broadcasting&Cable]

Lorena Inclán to Join WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville

Lorena Inclán begins today as a general assignment reporter at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, according to MediaMoves.

Inclán moves to Jacksonville from Orlando, where she has spent the past year as a multimedia journalist for Univision’s WVEN. Her last day there was November 20.

“I’m very excited to be making a crossover into English news,” she told MediaMoves. “Crossing over into English news will be a big change for my journalism career and I’m definitely looking forward to it. However, I will miss my friends and colleagues at Univision Orlando.”

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