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WCTV’s Gina Pitisci Adds Early Evening Newscast to Anchor Duties

Gina Pitisci is adding the 5:30 p.m. newscast to her anchoring duties at WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee.

Pitisci joined the station in 2012 as the weekday morning anchor. Since December, she has anchored the 11 p.m. newscast on WCTV and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WTLH. In her new role, Pitisci will continue to anchor the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Pitisci replaces Angela Howard, who left WCTV in June, on the 5:30 p.m. newscast.

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Gray Television Names Five New GMs, Filling Vacancies Created by Corporate Restructuring

Gray Television has named new general managers at five of its stations: WMTV in Madison, WCTV in Tallahassee, WOWT in Omaha, KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln and WSAZ in Charleston, W.V

Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.

Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.

At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more

Chick-Fil-A Cows Mooove In On WCTV News

WCTV‘s Monday Noon newscast was visited by nine people in cow suits holding Chick-Fil-A signs along with a Chick-Fil-A spokesperson pitching a special deal for viewers.

The Tallahassee, FL, CBS affiliate initially posted video of the visit to its website, but has since taken it down.

WCTV news director Stan Sanders told TVSpy, “This was not sponsored, it was just a humorous way to let the viewer’s know why nine (9) cows were being seen at several locations throughout our Market that day.”

“I’ll tell you what. One of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life is looking in our conference room and seeing cows seated all around our table,” said anchor Art Myers during the newscast. Click here to watch the video from a cached version of the WCTV website. Read more

WTXL Promo Appears During Live Shot on Rival WCTV

During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package.

Triston Sanders Named Executive News Director at KENS

Triston Sanders is joining KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans since September 2012.

“Triston has quickly become a part of the WWL-TV team and has contributed greatly to the recent growth of our news ratings. And while we will certainly miss her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to excellence, we are thrilled that she will be able to take this next step in her career with BELO,” WWL general manager Tod Smith wrote in a memo to staffers Monday.

Before joining WWL, Sanders was the news director at WCTV in Tallahassee. She has also worked as a producer at WSVN in Miami and WFLA in Tampa.

Sanders begins at KENS on July 1. She replaces Kurt Davis, who was recently named vice president of news services for CBS News.

Matt Horn Joins Capitol News Service

Matt Horn begins today at Capitol News Service, where he will cover political news for ten local stations in Florida.

Horn comes from Wichita, where he was Salina bureau chief and general assignment reporter at KSNW. In his new role, he will be based in Tallahassee.

Capitol News Service provides political reporting to several national outlets, as well as WFLA in Tampa, WTVJ in Miami, WFTV in Orlando, WINK in Fort Myers, WPTV in West Palm Beach, WCJB in Gainesville, WCTV in Tallahassee, WJHG in Panama City, WEAR in Pensacola and WJXT in Jacksonville.

John Rogers Joins WFLA From WALA

John Rogers is joining WFLA, the NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg. He will be a reporter covering Manatee and Sarasota counties.

“Sarasota and Manatee counties are important areas of coverage for News Channel 8. And, we think it’s vital to have a reporter who actually lives in the area where he works,” news director Don North said in a statement. “John will live in Sarasota, where he’ll have the opportunity to really get to know the community.”

Since 2009, Rogers has been a reporter at WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, Ala. Prior to that, he worked at WCTV in Tallahassee.

Stan Sanders Named News Director at WCTV

Stan Sanders is stepping into the news director role at Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Sanders was most recently the news director at WDBD in Jackson, Miss., which eliminated its news department earlier this year after the station was sold to American Spirit Media. Prior to his two years in Jackson, he spent ten years as news director at WCMH in Columbus.

Sanders replaces Triston Sanders, who left WCTV last month to become assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans.

Chris Martinez Set to Join WBBM in Chicago

Chris Martinez is the newest general assignment reporter at WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

“WBBM is a legendary television station that’s experiencing a renaissance,” Martinez said in a statement. “Joining this news team is a dream come true: I’m able to practice journalism in the part of the country where I’ve always wanted to live and be a part of a news organization that I’ve always admired.”

Martinez moves to Chicago from Tampa, where he has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WFTS since 2003. He began his career as an associate producer for WCTV in Tallahassee and went on to work for Central Florida News 13. He begins at WBBM on October 15.

Triston Sanders Named Assistant ND at WWL

Triston Sanders is joining WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, as assistant news director next month.

Sanders joins WWL from WCTV in Tallahassee, where she has been the news director since 2010. She has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, WWSB in Sarasota, WFLA in Tampa, WSVN in Miami and WPBF in West Palm Beach.

In a memo to WWL staffers, executive news director Bill Siegel praised Sanders’ leadership at WCTV, noting “her experience with social media and emerging technologies fits perfectly with the direction we are moving as a digital news organization.” Read more

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