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WOFL to Test Half Hour Entertainment Local News Talk Show

David Martin_woflOrlando FOX owned station WOFL is set to begin a six week test of a new Friday night show called “The Cue.”

The new show will be a half-hour of entertainment local news talk hosted by WOFL reporter David Martin and co-hosted by radio personality Jayde Donovan and WOFL producer Art Miles.

The press release said “The Cue,” which starts this Friday at 11:30 p.m., “will take a witty and satirical look at pop culture and local happenings in the Central Florida area, including local current events and topics trending on the web.”

“This fresh, new format will bring our viewers a different type of entertainment news on Friday nights,” Allyson Meyers WOFL VP and GM said in a statement. “David’s irreverent and unscripted take on today’s hot topics and the local news of the week will be a great addition to our weekend lineup.”

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Shannon Butler Out at WOFL

butler_woflShannon Butler is no longer with Orlando FOX owned station WOFL.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Butler left the station at the end of November.

Before coming to WOFL, Butler worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. She started her career at WCTV in Tallahassee.

Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.

“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

‘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.

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

Marianne Manko Joins WAND

Marianne Manko has joined WAND, the NBC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

News director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Manko will anchor the afternoon and evening newscasts alongside Sean Streaty while two WAND anchors, Dawn Sterling and Stacey Skrysak, are out on maternity leave.

Until March, Manko was the evening anchor at rival WICS, the ABC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur. She has also worked at KRGV in Brownsville, Texas and WOFL in Orlando.

Allyson Meyers Named VP-GM of WOFL

Allyson Meyers has been named vice president and general manager of WOFL, the Fox O&O in Orlando.

In her new role, Meyers will oversee WOFL as well as WRBW, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Orlando, and WOGX, the Fox affiliate in Ocala. She begins at the stations on January 17.

“Allyson’s tenure with FOX has proven she has what it takes to think differently, produce results and be an effective leader. I am confident she is the ideal person to take on this expanded role within our group and lead these stations,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement.

Meyers moves to Orlando from Philadelphia, where she is the vice president and general sales manager for Fox O&O WTXF. She replaces Dennis Welsh, who recently took over as VP-GM of WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago.

FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

Dennis Welsh Named General Manager at WFLD

Fox Television Stations has named Dennis Welsh the vice president and general manager of WFLD-WPWR, the Fox-owned stations in Chicago.

Welsh is a longtime Fox executive who has been general manager of WOFL-WOGX, the Fox-owned stations in Orlando, since 2010. He replaces Mike Renda, who has been named general manager of WJBK in Detroit.

After announcing Renda’s appointment in Detroit Friday morning, Renda returned to Chicago with Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy. The pair are announcing Welsh’s WFLD appointment to members of the station at 2:30pmET/1:30CT and are expected to address the newsroom later this afternoon.

“It’s a privilege to join a FOX duopoly that is home to top-rated syndicated brands, the Chicago Bears and an aggressive news team,” Welsh said in a statement. “The station has accomplished a great deal over the last few years but there is still much we can achieve and I can’t wait to get started.”

Before working in Orlando, Welsh spent eight years as vice president and director of sales for Dallas Fox O&O KDFW. He has also worked as vice president and director of sales for Fox Station Sales in New York and as VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Dennis brings an impressive range of sales and local news experience,” Abernethy said. “He has done a tremendous job in Orlando and I am confident his leadership will elevate FOX Chicago to the next level.”

Welsh will begin at WFLD on January 7. The release from Fox is after the jump. Read more

Emily Wood Leaving Cincinnati for Kansas City’s WDAF

Emily Wood will be jumping FOX affiliates, going from WXIX in Cincinnati to WDAF in Kansas City, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.

The Cincinnati native, who will be leaving WXIX next Friday, is the second reporter to announce her departure from WXIX in recent days.  Kimberly Holmes Wiggins announced she will be leaving the Cincinnati FOX station for a new job with Orlando’s FOX affiliate, WOFL, November 30.

Wood began her broadcast career at KDRV-KDKF in Medford OR.

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