WFTV Orlando

Exclusives

  • Jessell: Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call

    Lower-than expected spending by the Trump campaign is causing some groups to reforecast their political revenue and depressing stock prices. More important, it highlights the need for adoption of ATSC 3.0. The new broadcasting standard will allow stations to offer zoned, targeted and interactive advertising and maintain their lion's share of the political advertising dollars. More | Comments (3)
  • Front Office: How To Invest Best To Grow Revenue

    Don’t you wish you could determine in advance which new ventures are likeliest to become the most profitable? A tough advertising environment has added to the pressure, prompting media leaders to try to accelerate revenue diversification. While no one has a crystal ball, A.T. Kearney’s Greg Portell shares some guidelines that can help planners identify which new revenue opportunities to avoid or seize.   More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
    More | Comments (1)
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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Kathi Belich Gone After 24 Years At WFTV
Orlando Sentinel, Sep 6, 2016, 6:21 AM EDT
dma 19: Orlando, FL
WKMG Overtakes WFTV At 6 P.M. In July
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 29, 2016, 6:48 AM EDT
DMA 19
WFTV Orlando Names Studio For Bob Opsahl
Orlando Sentinel, Jun 7, 2016, 6:50 AM EDT
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: WFTV Wins, WKMG Gains
Orlando Sentinel, May 27, 2016, 6:44 AM EDT
dma 19: Orlando, FL
WFTV Anchor Bob Opsahl Says Bye For Now
Orlando Sentinel, May 26, 2016, 6:47 AM EDT
dma 19: Orlando, FL
WFTV Anchor Bob Opsahl Retiring In May
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 21, 2016, 6:09 AM EDT
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: WFTV, WKMG Notch Wins
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 4, 2016, 6:47 AM EST
Market Share (DMA 19)
Sean Garcia New CSD At WFTV Orlando
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Mar 2, 2016, 8:23 AM EST
dma 19
Reporter Mario Boone Leaves WFTV Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 20, 2015, 6:30 AM EST
dma 19: Orlando, FL
WFTV's Welch, WESH's Brewer Departing
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 17, 2015, 6:58 AM EST
Investigative Journo Shares Interviewing Tips
Advancing The Story, Oct 20, 2015, 7:54 AM EDT
dma 19
WFTV Orlando Launches News Drones
Florida News Center, Sep 28, 2015, 7:57 AM EDT
Cox-owned ABC affiliate WFTV became the first Orlando, Fla., station to use drones in news coverage last Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration last week approved a petition by WFTV and other stations in the Cox Media Group to fly the drones. Link | Add comment
dma 18
Martha Sugalski Joins WFTV Orlando News
TVNewsCheck, Aug 7, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT
dma 18
WFTV Orlando Goes Big, Bold With New Set
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 4, 2015, 6:48 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Watch WFTV Build Its New News Set
WFTV, Jun 26, 2015, 2:53 PM EDT
dma 18
WFTV Orlando Scores Big June Victories
Orlando Sentinel, Jun 26, 2015, 6:45 AM EDT
dma 18
Curran Succeeding Bartelt At Cox In Orlando
TVNewsCheck, Jun 5, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT
Curran
Curran
Bartelt
Bartelt
Cox Media Group’s VP of Sales Paul Curran will take over as VP-GM of WFTV-WRDQ upon Shawn Bartelt’s retirement on June 19. Full Story | Add comment
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Reporter Kenneth Craig Joins CBS Newspath
Orlando Sentinel, May 27, 2015, 6:31 AM EDT
dma 18
Orlando Sweep: WFTV Fit And Flourishing
Orlando Sentinel, May 22, 2015, 6:47 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Reporter Stephanie Bertini Leaves
Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT
dma 18
Reporter Kristyn Caddell Out At WFTV Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 17, 2015, 6:53 AM EDT
dmas 18 & 1
WFTV's Anthony DiLorenzo Joining WPIX
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 2, 2015, 7:29 AM EDT
dma 18
Newscaster Spouses DiLorenzo, Rama Leaving Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 30, 2015, 7:02 AM EDT
dmas 7, 8, 14, 18, 22, 24 & 64
Cox To Carry Laff Diginet In Seven Markets
TVNewsCheck, Mar 13, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT
Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Dayton are the latest additions to the Katz Broadcasting network that debuts on April 15. Full Story | Comments (1)
dma 18
Orlando Sweeps: Good News For WFTV, WESH
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 27, 2015, 7:24 AM EST
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Tops A25-54 News Ratings In January
Orlando Sentinel, Jan 30, 2015, 7:29 AM EST
WFTV Moves Vanessa Echols To 4 P.M.
Orlando Sentinel, Jan 29, 2015, 6:59 AM EST
dma 18
Orlando Sweeps: WFTV Posts The Most Wins
Orlando Sentinel, Dec 1, 2014, 3:27 PM EST
dma 18
WFTV Orlando Out Front In October Ratings
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 30, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Reporter Renee Stoll Leaving WFTV After 3 Years
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 3, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Apologies For Legal Analyst Connection
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 1, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT
dma 18
WRDQ Orlando Expands 10 P.M. News To Hour
Orlando Sentinel, Sep 17, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT
Cox-owned ABC affiliate WFTV Orlando, Fla., has expanded its 10 p.m. news on co-owned  independent WRDQ to one hour Monday through Friday. "We've been on an upward trend with the 10 p.m.," said Shawn Bartelt, general manager of the two stations. Link | Comments (1)
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
'Dr. Oz' Moves From WFTV To WOFL On Sept. 8
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 28, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT
dmas 18 (Orlando) & 9 (Atlanta)
Berndt Petersen Leaves WFTV For WSB
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 19, 2014, 7:20 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Vanessa Echols Is WFTV's Morning Champ
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 5, 2014, 6:55 AM EDT
dma 18
WFTV, WOFL, WKMG Orlando Post July Wins
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 1, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Daralene Jones Returning As WFTV Anchor
Orlando Sentinel, May 2, 2014, 7:14 AM EDT
Market Share
Got A Minute? 60-Second News Marketing
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 1, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Former WFTV Reporter Reveals Mental Illness
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 26, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Explores ACA In Ambitious Special
TVNewsCheck, Mar 12, 2014, 6:49 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Florida Cops: 'Multiple Errors' In WFTV Report
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 7, 2014, 6:56 AM EST
dma 18
Reporter Mark Joyella Leaving WFTV Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 26, 2014, 2:44 PM EST
dmas 18 (Orlando) & 5 (Dallas)
WFTV Anchor Bianca Castro Headed To KXAS
Orlando Sentinel, Jan 23, 2014, 7:01 AM EST
Market Share by Paul Greeley
How A Local News Catch-Phrase Was Born
TVNewsCheck, Jan 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EST
Here’s the crazy story behind an assignment editor, a news director, a reporter and Twiggy, a water-skiing squirrel. Full Story | Add comment
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Extends 4 P.M. News To An Hour
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 22, 2013, 7:46 AM EDT
In June, the Orlando, Fla., ABC affiliate added a half-hour 4 p.m. newscast anchored by Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt. That newscast will now run one hour, the ABC affiliate announced Friday. Link | Comments (1)
dma 19
WOFL, WFTV Top Ratings In Orlando
MediaBistro, Jul 5, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Drops 6:30 P.M. News On WRDQ
Orlando Sentinel, Jun 18, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
When Cox Media ABC affiliate WFTV started a 4 p.m. newscast last week, the station canned a 6:30 p.m. newscast on co-owned independent WRDQ. Repeats of That '70s Show are airing from 6 to 7 p.m. on WRDQ. "With the launch of the 4 p.m. news on WFTV, we felt it was the right time to put sitcoms in that hour, to prepare for the fall and to use some of the 6:30 resources for the 4 p.m.," said WFTV-WRDQ GM Shawn Bartelt. Link | Add comment
dma 19
WFTV Orlando Adding 4 P.M. News June 10
Orlando Sentinel, May 30, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT
The Cox Media ABC affiliate will replace Dr. Oz with a half-hour newscast anchored by Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt followed by the syndicated Family Feud. Link | Comments (1)
Market Share by Paul Greeley
Viewers Testify To WFTV's News Prowess
TVNewsCheck, Mar 4, 2013, 8:36 AM EST
The Cox ABC affiliate in Orlando has taken a different tack in its news promos to stay atop this contested market. It uses campaigns from Churchman Productions that feature station viewers because "viewers talking on our behalf can be more powerful than anchor-driven, on-camera spots," according to Bob St. Charles, the station's creative services director. Full Story | Comments (2)
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Orlando Police Rip WFTV’s ‘Irresponsible Reporting’
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 21, 2013, 2:40 PM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV News Adds Two To Reporting Staff
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 6, 2013, 7:18 AM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Reporter Drew Petrimoulx Gone From WFTV
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 5, 2013, 2:39 PM EST
Dma 19
WFTV Orlando Launching MegaTV
TVNewsCheck, Jan 22, 2013, 7:34 PM EST
The Spanish-language diginet will be broadcast on the Orlando ABC affiliate’s ch. 9.2 beginning Jan. 28. Full Story | Add comment
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Hires Meteorologist George Waldenberger
Orlando Sentinel, Dec 12, 2012, 7:01 AM EST
Orlando Sweeps
WFTV Cleans Up In November Sweeps
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 AM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Lawyer Wants To Depose WESH, WFTV Reporters
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 15, 2012, 7:13 AM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Hires Blegen As Investigative Producer
Orlando Sentinel, Sep 11, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Names Matt Parcell News Director
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 14, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT
The Cox Orlando ABC affiliate promotes its news department's managing editor to succeed Bob Jordan who left to take the ND post at KIRO Seattle. Link | Add comment
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: 3 Stations Can Claim To Be First
Orlando Sentinel, May 29, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
ABC Gives WFTV Investigation Bigger Platform
Orlando Sentinel, May 2, 2012, 7:13 AM EDT
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Bill Sheaffer Returning As Legal Analyst At WFTV
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 20, 2012, 6:59 AM EDT
dma 19
Reporter Mary Nguyen Leaves WFTV Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 10, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Reporter Jorge Estevez returning To WFTV
Orlando Sentinel, Apr 5, 2012, 7:16 AM EDT
Orlando Sweeps
WKMG, WOFL Win Late; WFTV Tops Elsewhere
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 2, 2012, 6:58 AM EST
dma 19
WKMG, WFTV Orlando Split Jan. Late News Ratings
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 6, 2012, 7:54 AM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
Greg Warmoth In For Craig Patrick At WFTV
Orlando Sentinel, Jan 10, 2012, 7:25 AM EST
dma 19 (Orlando, FL)
WFTV Traffic Guy Bob Baxa Out, Racquel Asa In
Orlando Sentinel, Jan 9, 2012, 3:24 PM EST
orlando sweeps
WFTV, WOFL Post Ratings Victories
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 29, 2011, 8:15 AM EST
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: Disagreement Over 11 P.M. Victor
Orlando Sentinel, Nov 28, 2011, 7:59 AM EST
Digital DMAs
Orlando: Digital Lab For Big Media Players
NetNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT
Fox, Tribune, Cox and Post-Newsweek all have media outlets in busy, tourist-enlivened Orlando, Fla., where the sensational Casey Anthony trial offered opportunity for a hotbed of related apps, streaming video and social media experimentation. Link | Add comment
dma 19 (Orlando, Fla.)
WFTV Sets Pace In Aug. News Ratings, WOFL Gains
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 26, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT
Special Report: Severe Weather
Weathercasting Worthy Of A Museum
TVNewsCheck, Aug 2, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT
Following the success of WFTV's mock weather set at the Orlando Science Center, the set maker, FX Design Group, is marketing the idea of creating weather sets for museums to other stations, making the pitch that they are a chance not only to do good, but to make money. This is the second of six articles that will appear this week and that collectively constitute a TVNewsCheck Special Report on Severe Weather News. Below is the first story in the series. Full Story | Comments (2)
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: WESH, WFTV Tops In News
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 29, 2011, 7:24 AM EDT
dma 19
Orlando TV To Blanket Casey Anthony Release
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 15, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT
dma 19
WFTV Expands Trial Coverage, Drops 'Oprah'
Orlando Sentinel, May 31, 2011, 6:11 AM EDT
dma 19 & 5
WFTV Reporter Jason Allen Leaving For KTVT
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 11, 2011, 6:48 AM EST
dma 19
Orlando Sweeps: WFTV First In News
Orlando Sentinel, Mar 4, 2011, 7:26 AM EST
dma 19
WFTV, Kathi Belich Agree To Long-Term Contract
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 28, 2011, 8:19 AM EST
dma 19 & 4
WFTV Reporter Kenneth Moton Going To Philly
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 15, 2011, 8:16 AM EST
dma 19
Reporter-Anchor Barbara West Leaving WFTV
TV Spy, Dec 22, 2010, 7:29 AM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 26, 2016
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    4.4/12
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    2.8/8
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    2.5/7
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    0.3/1
Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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