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Carlos San José Named GM of Telemundo Orlando

wtmo_304Carlos San José has been named senior vice president and general manager of the ZGS Communications‘ owned Orlando Telemundo affiliate WTMO.

“We are very excited to have someone with Carlos’ experience, energy and successful track record in a market like Orlando,” said Ronald J. Gordon CEO of ZGS Communications.

Before coming to WTMO, San José was SVP and GM of Univision owned stations WGBO and WXFT in Chicago. He was also VP of national Hispanic sales at Citadel Media and helped in the development of Sábado Gigante while at WLTV in Miami.

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Central Florida News 13 Shuffles Weather Team

central florida news 13There will soon be two new faces on Central Florida News 13′s weather team, the Orlando Sentintel’s Hal Boedeker reports.

Meteorologist Peter Caggiano has left Central Florida News 13 after five years with the station. Caggiano, the weekend afternoon and evening meteorologist, will be replaced by Mallory Nicholls. She joins the cable news channel from WPDE, the ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she has been the weekend meteorologist since August 2010.

Later this month, meteorologist Danny Treanor will retire. Treanor will be replaced on the morning and daytime shift by Maureen McCann, who made her Central Florida News 13 debut this week. McCann comes to Orlando from KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver.

“We’re planning a week’s worth of coverage, starting on the 21st, to celebrate Danny’s 40 years of doing weather in the Orlando market,” senior director of news Tim Geraghty told Boedeker.

Julie Salomone Joins WFTV From WFTX

Julie Salomone is joining Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Salomone, a Florida native, starts October 1 as a general assignment reporter at WFTV. She comes from WFTX in Fort Myers, where she has been a reporter and fill-in anchor since 2010.

Before joining WFTX, Salomone spent two years in La Crosse, Wisc., where she was a reporter, anchor and ph0tographer at ABC affiliate WXOW.

Eryka Washington Set to Join WKMG

Eryka Washington is joining Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG as a consumer reporter, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports.

It is a return to Orlando for Washington, who will also work as a fill-in anchor at the station. She is a former reporter and weekend anchor at NBC affiliate WESH. Since leaving Orlando in 2010, she has worked in public relations and as a freelance reporter at WCAU, the NBC owned station in Philadelphia.

According to Boedeker, Washington replaces Steven Cooper, who is moving to Atlanta.

‘It Melted Like Butter!’ WKMG’s Jessica Sanchez Has Good News in Her Cancer Battle

Jessica Sanchez, the traffic reporter for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in March, gave fans some good news in her battle against a tumor discovered in her right lung.

“I have so much happy news to report! First, the lymphoma tumor is gone!!!” Sanchez wrote on her Let’s Be Honest Blog. “It melted like butter! And second… I am finished with chemotherapy!! Can you believe it’s been only a little more than four months since I was diagnosed??”

“I’m anxious to return to work, but I want to do so when I have the strength to do it right,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “One thing I can say is the outpouring of well-wishes, thoughts and prayers brighten up my heart and heal my soul. Family, friends and viewers have been wonderful in keeping me in positive spirits, and it has contributed greatly to my own positive outlook. It feels amazing to have so much support.”

WATCH: ‘I Got News For You!’ Woman Attacks Orlando TV Crews

An unidentified woman who chased WESH reporter Greg Fox was caught twice yesterday: once on camera and once by Orlando police who subdued her with pepper spray.

The Orlando NBC affiliate said the crews on scene didn’t know why she went after them. In the video, Fox can be heard saying he is running away as the woman stalks him.

Orlando police, who were investigating the shooting of a fellow officer nearby, responded quickly. But not before the woman hit a news van and yelled, “I got news for you.” She then punched a cameraman who ran over to check on a camera she had just knocked down.

WESH reports the woman was taken for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured in the incident.

After Just a Month On the Air, WFTV Expanding 4 p.m. Newscast

Just one month after adding a 4 p.m. newscast to its programming lineup, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV is expanding the broadcast by 30 minutes. In a statement, the station said the new newscast “provided an immediate ratings boost and laid the ground for big wins with key demographics during the June book.”

“Our viewers made it very clear that what they wanted at 4 p.m. was a full hour of news. We paid attention and made the necessary changes,” WFTV general manager Shawn Bartelt said.

The extended newscast displaces a 4:30 p.m. episode of “Family Fued.” WFTV says the game show will still air on the station at 10:30 a.m. and on sister station WRDQ at 7 and 7:30 p.m.

‘Not Guilty’ Verdict in Zimmerman Trial: Orlando Stations Ready for Coverage

Orlando Stations were ready to go once word of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came. All four stations broke into regular Saturday night programming to bring viewers a live feed of the jury’s verdict.

CBS affiliate WKMG was first on-air at 9:48.36 with Lauren Rowe, Tony Pipitone and legal analyst Eric DuBois from outside the courthouse telling viewers a verdict had been reached. Next up was FOX owned station WOFL at 9:49.11 with word of activity in the courthouse.

ABC affiliate WFTV and NBC affiliate WESH were one second apart with ABC breaking into network show “666 Park Avenue” at 9:50.02 with legal analyst Bill Sheaffer and Greg Warmoth. The pair told viewers the Seminole County Justice Center had tweeted confirmation a verdict had been reached. Jim Payne from WESH broke in solo tossing, as all the stations did, to the live feed of the courtroom and the reading of the verdict by the jury.

WKMG Banned from Zimmerman Courtroom

WKMG viewers who were wondering where the CBS affiliate’s Tony Pipitone was during the George Zimmerman murder trial today, can wonder more. WKMG has been banned from the proceedings.

“The WKMG helicopter followed and possibly filmed jurors from the courthouse to their destination yesterday (Thursday),” Michelle Kennedy, court services administrator/PIO told The Orlando Sentinel. “Their courtroom credentials have been revoked while this matter is under review.”

Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told TVSpy, “Someone thought we were taking pictures of the jurors. We were not. We are working with the court to resolve this misunderstanding.”

On its facebook page and station website, WKMG is advertising a live text chat with Pipitone, who had been doing live phone updates inside the courtroom during on-air coverage. We asked Valet how the ban would affect the promotion, but have yet to hear back.  We’ll update when we do.

George Zimmerman Trial Ratings: WFTV, WOFL On Top in Orlando

Extensive coverage of the George Zimmerman trial has given Orlando stations — and their cable news counterparts — a ratings boost. Zimmerman is on trial in Sanford, Fla. for second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

For the seven days of trial coverage from June 24 to July 2, ABC affiliate WFTV led the way in Total Viewers and households, delivering a 1.8 rating / 8.4 share and a 3.5 rating / 9.5 share, respectively. Fox O&O WOFL topped the competition in the A25-54 demographic with a 1.6 rating / 9.4 share. WOFL also leads in the A18-34 and A18-49 demographics.

All four stations are seeing ratings rise as the trial goes on, especially among younger viewers. For the same seven-day period from June 24 to July 2, WOFL was up +64% in the A25-54 demographic. WFTV was up +25%, while NBC affiliate WESH was up +20% and CBS affiliate WKMG was up +17%.

Ratings are after the jump. Read more

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