Tipsters say look for Pete Caggiano to be the new meteorologist on the staff of Central Florida News 13. Caggiano was the weekend meteorologist at Gainesville’s WCJB-ABC 20 from 2004 until May of this year. …
Speaking of weather, have you noticed that WKMG-Local 6 has added Christian radio station Z-88.3 as its 7-day forecast sponsor? I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for an O-Town station to sell its sponsorship of its forecast.
Some quick hits to start the week …
As WESH prepares to go HD, one of its anchors has already been digitized. Wendy Chioji is the surprise tour guide for the Florida High Tech Corridor Web site. As you poke around the site, you can always call Wendy back to help you when you have a question. Maybe they should do the news that way? …
From an O-Town tipster — but not yet confirmed: Former WESH morning anchor Tom Schaad has landed a main anchor gig at WAVY-NBC 10 in Norfolk, Va. …
It’s been a tough week to be a television journalist in Orlando. A Fox 35 reporter was arrested earlier this week, then on Wednesday night a WFTV live truck struck and killed a dog that was being walked by its owner.small breed dog, being walked by its owner on one of those long, retractable leashes, suddenly ran into the street near downtown Orlando about 6:30 Wednesday night and was hit (and killed) by a WFTV-9-ABC live truck. A station photographer, at the wheel, said he was unable to avoid hitting the dog.”
NewsBlues.com reports that “the
WFTV news director Bob Jordan came upon the accident scene on his way to dinner. “As a dog lover, it was quite troubling,” Jordan told NewsBlues.
Can becoming the second station in Orlando to go to high definition for news boost WESH’s ratings? The station thinks so. “To me, it’s a substantial competitive advantage over those who are not HD,” WESH General Manager Bill Bauman told the Orlando Sentinel.
Market-leader WFTV switched to HD for Eyewitness News in June 2006 — becoming the first station in Florida to do so. Since then, a handful of stations across the state joined the HD bandwagon. WESH plans to add new graphics and intros to showcase its new high definition look when it launches on Nov. 1.
As for Bauman’s comment, it seems to be a shot across the bow of No. 2-ranked WKMG Local 6 News. The station told the Sentinel it has not plans currently to switch to HD. WOFL Fox 35 said it will be switching to HD soon.
Read the full Sentinel story here.
One of the top rules of journalism is do not become part of the story. En route to cover a story, Fox 35 reporter Patrick Pegues was arrested on Wednesday on charges if disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Pegues was en route to cover an accident near the 500 block of Lake Margaret Drive in Orlando when an Orlando Police officer told him to go to an area designated for the media.
The Sentinel reported: “The officer said Pegues became ‘indignant’ as well as ‘loud and profane.’ When told he was being placed under arrest, he pulled away from the officer and knocked the handcuffs to the floor. ‘I presented my Taser and warned him that if he resisted further, I would use my Taser to subdue him,’ officer C.H. Jones wrote in his report. Pegues then complied and was taken into custody.
A Fox 35 spokesman told the Sentinel the station is investigating the matter.