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WTVT Anchor Chair to Stay in the Family

wilsons wtvtWhat better gift for an anchor father to give an anchor son than his anchor timeslot?

WTVT made it official, Mark Wilson will take over his father’s anchor chair on the FOX owned Tampa station’s 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news on November 26.

“I’m very proud to announce that Mark Wilson will follow in his father’s footsteps as FOX 13’s evening anchor alongside Kelly Ring,” WTVT VP and news director John Hoffman said in a statement. “Like his father, Mark is a servant to the community and we look forward to him taking  on this important role at our station and continuing his father’s legacy.” Read more

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Rape Suspect Arrested After Approaching WTVT News Crew

A man suspected of raping of fifteen-year old Tampa girl was caught by police after he rode his bike up to a WTVT news crew doing a story about the alleged rape.

Shayla Reaves and photographer Joe Vazquez were at the gas station where a picture of the suspect was snapped by security cameras. The reporter for the FOX owned Tampa station took a picture of the suspect with her cellphone then called police.

The man was later arrested and faces a possibility of life in prison.

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Retiring Tampa Anchor to Pass The Anchor Chair to His Son

Wilsons WTVTLongtime WTVT anchor John Wilson announced his retirement from the FOX owned Tampa station in May. The big question left lingering was, who would take his place?

Tonight, during the 6:00 p.m. news, sources tell TVSpy, WTVT plans to announce Wilson’s son Mark will be his replacement.

Wilson is staying true to his word about his retirement date. In May, he said he would step down “just before Thanksgiving.” His last day will be November 26.

The retiring Wilson joined the station in 1993. His son Mark came aboard in 1997.

Haley Hinds Leaves WINK

Yesterday was anchor/reporter Haley Hinds‘ last day at Fort Myers, Fla, CBS affiliate WINK. Hinds is leaving the station after five years to join FOX owned WTVT in Tampa. She wrote the following on her Facebook page:

It’s a bittersweet morning for me. Today is my very last morning show on WINK News! In a couple weeks, I’ll start a new job at FOX 13 in Tampa. It’s been an incredible 5 years here in Fort Myers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for welcoming me into your homes and watching me grow to be a better journalist each day. I’ll miss you all!

Hinds’ co-workers surprised her with the send-off above.

Chris Field Out at WTVT

Fields WTVTWTVT has released a statement on the departure of sports anchor and reporter Chris Field Saturday.

By the wording of the Tampa FOX owned station’s news director John Hoffman‘s statement, it appears the decision to leave wasn’t Field’s.

“I want to thank Chris for her many years of service and dedication to the FOX 13 news team,” said Hoffman. “Her professionalism, creativity and passion will certainly be missed by our viewers. This decision was based on a restructuring of the sports department. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.”

“I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with over the past 17 years at FOX 13 and in the community,” Field said in a prepared statement. “I’ve established relationships and friendships to last a lifetime. I appreciate the incredible sports events I’ve had the privilege to cover, and the inspirational stories I’ve had the honor to tell.  I’m proud of our award-winning sports team at FOX 13 and wish my colleagues all the best. I have built my career and home here in Tampa Bay. I appreciate all the support as my family and I move into the next chapters of life in this wonderful community.”

According to her bio, Fields started at WTVT the same day the MLB Devil Rays were formed in the expansion draft, November 17, 1997.

WTVT Sparks Criticism with Baseball Tweet

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WTVT, the Fox-owned station in Tampa, deleted a tweet about the departure of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for Detroit. The tweet, which mocked Detroit as an urban ruin compared to Tampa Bay’s beautiful beaches, was roundly knocked. Yahoo Sports writer David Brown described the effort at comedy as “shameful”:

Not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading. In fact, St. Petersburg, Fla., (where the Rays play) doesn’t compare as well to Detroit as Fox 13 might think when it comes to crime. And if you’ve ever actually been to Detroit, and interacted with the people who work and live there, you’d never consider hurting their feelings like this.

Sports Illustrated called the joke “awful”–”Ha! Poverty! Hilarious!”–and questioned the sincerity of the station’s apology, which came in meme form. SI said that “doesn’t really convey sincerity.”

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look at the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, market.

We see more diversity of stories here than other markets we’ve looked at.

FOX owned station WTVT takes the prize, with NBC affiliate WFLA a close second, for doing something completely different by leading with a local man put on trial for allegedly planning a terror attack and only covering two stories in the first five minutes.

Anne Dwyer Announces Retirement from WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay anchor Anne Dwyer announced her retirement from WTVT this morning.

“Anne Dwyer has been a morning news icon in Tampa for decades,” John Hoffman, news director for the Tampa FOX owned station, said in a statement. “Mornings in Tampa Bay will not be the same without her. She is the utmost professional and we will miss her.”

Saying one of the reasons she was retiring was because she out of hairspray, Dwyer told viewers, “It was not an easy decision. It’s time for me to sleep in, get some much needed rest, and tackle the numerous home improvement projects I have put off way too long.”

She started at WTVT in 1986. Her last day will be June 18.

John Wilson Retiring From WTVT

WTVT anchor John Wilson announced his retirement from the Tampa FOX owned station Friday.

“It is time for me to make a graceful exit, and I will do it in a few months,” Wilson told viewers. “I will step away from here in six months in November, just before Thanksgiving, and count my blessings.”

“John Wilson is a broadcasting legend, who our viewers have trusted for many years,” said WTVT news director John Hoffman. “We will certainly miss him here at the station, but we have no doubt his connection to the people of the Bay Area will continue for years to come.”

Before coming to WTVT in September 1993, Wilson worked in Richmond, VA, Portsmouth, NH, Charlotte, NC, and St. Louis, MO. He came to Tampa to work for WTSP in 1981 and stayed there as an anchor for 12 years.

Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

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