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Cox Looking to Change Call Letters of Jacksonville Stations

WTEV-WAWS logo_304x200The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville, FL, CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is asking the FCC to change its call letters.

In a July 30 filing, station owners, Cox Media Group, asked the FCC to change WAWS to WFOX and WTEV to WJAX.

“These call letter changes are natural fits for our TV stations. It symbolizes our commitment to our local communities and showcases the rebirth of our two great stations,” [station GM Jim] Zerwekh said in an email Tuesday.

An FCC official in Washington, D.C. said call letter change requests are not unusual both for television and radio stations and the agency receives dozens of requests and grants changes every month.

Zerwekh said the change from WTEV to WJAX was aimed directly at clearly identifying with the local market. Read more

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Jacksonville Anchor Reportedly Fired Gets Promoted

Kelton PRCOX Media Group has announced Paige Kelton will move off the anchor desk and into the role special projects manager for WTEV-WAWS.

Jim Zerwekh, VP and GM of WTEV-WAWS, told TVSpy, Tenikka Smith-Hughes will replace Kelton on the anchor desk in early September. Smith-Hughes is joining the station from WSOC in Charlotte.

“Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS47/ FOX30 for many years,” Zerwekh said in a statement. “I am extremely happy she is transitioning to our management team. Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS47/FOX30 Action News.”

In May, Kelton was reported to be one of the five anchors let go by the Jacksonville station.

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John Bachman Set to Join WTEV-WAWS

John Bachman is making a move within Cox Media Group, joining WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville after seven years at WSB in Atlanta:

[h/t Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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.

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.”

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