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3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more

Scripps Taps WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan to Oversee Content for All Stations

Jeff Brogan is leaving his post as news director at WPTV to oversee news strategy and content development for all of Scripps’ 19 stations.

Scripps announced today that Brogan has been named senior director of news strategy and operations. In the role, Brogan will work in tandem with Lana Durban Scott, Scripps’ current senior director of news strategy and operations, on helping the company’s stations develop their content and strategic plans.

Brogan joined WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach, in 2010. The station is now searching for his replacement as news director. Read more

KHOU Reporter Alex Sanz Set to Join WPTV

After five years at Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU, reporter Alex Sanz is leaving the station for WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Sanz, a South Florida native, will join the NBC-affiliate as a reporter, focusing on government and politics.

In a memo announcing the departure to KHOU staffers today, news director Philip Bruce touted Sanz’s accomplishments, calling the reporter “a human being of the highest quality.” His last day at KHOU will be December 9.

After 33 Years, Jim Sackett Will Retire from WPTV

After 33 years at WPTV, Jim Sackett will anchor his last broadcast at the West Palm Beach NBC-affiliate on Wednesday.

“I came up when the anchors just gave the news of the day, with no bells and whistles,” Sackett told the Palm Beach Post. “I just don’t care if Lindsay Lohan is in or out of jail.”

The longtime anchor’s contract expired in May, but the station asked him to stay on through the end of the year to train Michael Williams, who will take the evening anchor spot over beginning Thursday night.

“I’m honored to be part of the tradition that Jim started,” Williams said. “He’s a legend who spent years being plugged into the heart and rhythm of this community.”

WPTV Story Puts Focus on Reporter’s Wife

This week WPTV aired a story that hit close to home for reporter Jon Shainman. Actually, it hit inside his home.

Shainman calls his wife “a previvor.” With a long history of breast cancer in her family, Shainman’s wife Amy decided to undergo a test to find out her chances of getting cancer. The results showed that she had a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 87% chance of breast cancer.

“I just didn’t feel like those odds were very good for me,” Amy said in an interview with her husband. “So I wanted to cure myself.” Read more

WPBF Captures Mother’s First Phone Call with Missing Daughter Connected to Philadelphia Dungeon

WPBF cameras were rolling when the mother of a missing West Palm Beach teenager spoke to her daughter on the phone for the first time since the 15-year-old disappeared three months ago.

Benita Rodriguez was found in Philadelphia this week in connection with the rescue of four mentally handicapped adults from a basement dungeon. She was apparently dating the son of one of the accused captors, who had lived in the West Palm Beach area before moving to Philadelphia.

“I can breathe,” Benita’s mother Juana said following the phone call. “I can breathe now because she’s doing good. I can breathe. She’s okay.” Read more

West Palm Beach Stations Gear Up for Hurricane Irene With Smartphone Apps

This year’s hurricane season has officially begun: Hurricane Irene, which was upgraded from a tropical storm overnight, is projected to hit southern Florida on Thursday and make its way up the east coast. Three stations in West Palm Beach — which is directly in Irene’s projected path — are using smartphone applications to help deliver southern Florida residents up-to-date information.

WPBF, WPEC and WPTV are all using slightly different versions of the smartphone technology to keep viewers informed. WPBF, the market ABC affiliate, has a hurricane tracker app (pictured) that follows the standard  — and increasingly popular — model for local hurricane apps: it features interactive maps, information about evacuation zones and the Twitter feeds of WPBF meteorologists.

WPTV has a slightly different forum: the NBC affiliate is using their standard weather app, which is always active and features updates on daily weather without being restricted to hurricanes, to deliver hurricane-related updates.

CBS affiliate WPEC is offering weather updates on their standard station app, which is available across every smartphone platform and delivers daily news on weather and traffic, as well as breaking headlines.

WPTV Launching 4 p.m. Newscast on WFLX

WPTV, a Scripps-owned NBC-affiliate, and WFLX, a Raycom-owned Fox-affiliate, are set to debut a new, half-hour newscast at 4 p.m.

At the beginning of this year, WPTV began producing newscasts for WFLX under a new partnership. In January, WFLX unveiled a new 10 p.m. newscast with WPTV anchors Shannon Cake and Jay Cashmere, in addition to a revamped morning newscast from 7-9 a.m.

Now, WPTV is expanding its lineup on WFLX with “Fox 29 News First at 4:00,” which will be the market’s only newscast in the 4 o’clock time slot. Read more

Chris Hansen Caught in Mistress Love Triangle?

It appears like “To Catch a Predator” star Chris Hansen has been preying on more than just WPTV reporter Kristyn Caddell.

According to a new report from the National Enquirer, the married father of two also had a fling with Kathleen Collins, a stripper and aspiring country singer.

Collins was reportedly “floored” when she saw the Enquirer coverage of Hansen’s alleged affair with Caddell. Read more

Former WPTV Anchor Miranda Khan Reinvents Herself as a Stripper (At Least on TV)

Former WPTV anchor Miranda Khan, who left the West Palm Beach NBC affiliate in 2007, has a racy new role in front of the camera — as a stripper.

Khan appeared in an episode of “The Glades” on A&E this weekend as a policewoman-turned-stripper named “Officer Candy.” The former 5:30 p.m. anchor, who has been acting in the four years since she left WPTV, told The Palm Beach Post she was hesitant to tell friends and family about her latest television role.

“I play a stripper, for crying out loud,” she said. “I went from such a serious profession to this. I wasn’t feeling news anymore. I wanted to do something more creative.”

After almost 10 years in the news business, Khan decided she was in need of a career change. She has appeared in several small roles since then. “Basically, I did a 180,” she told The Post. “I feel like I get to live many lives, to step into somebody else’s shoes, even if it’s for a day.”

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