Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sure, we’re glad to have Orlando weather cooling off but …

I know I enjoyed the fantastic weather over the weekend. The cooler temperature was welcome, and it was a topic on all the Orlando TV newscasts. But look at what the 7-Day Forecast holds for us next Saturday — according to WKMG-Local 6’s weather forecast…

From Channel 6's late Saturday night newscast.

The weather blooper aired late Saturday night/early Sunday morning after the Florida-Alabama football game on Channel 6. Anchor Erik Von Ancken caught the error at the end of the newscast. A low of 5 would be a little extreme, but anything in the 60s or 50s would be fine by me.

Do WESH, Payne have WFTV to thank for Obama interview?

Catching up with the latest Orlando TV news …

WESH 2’s Jim Payne was among several local anchors invited to the White House last week to interview President Obama — who was pushing his jobs plan. But why WESH instead of market-leader WFTV-Channel 9? I’m guessing the Obama team still hasn’t forgotten Barbara West’s satellite interview with Joe Biden during the 2008 campaign. …

Speaking of WESH,┬áSteve Rifkin was named creative services director for Hearst Television’s Orlando properties, which include WESH, WKCF, MeTV, ThisTV, Estrella TV, WESH.com and CW18tv.com. Read more here. …

WFTV.com has undergone a makeover, and it is featuring more national and world news on its home page. The site has been asking its registered users to re-register. WFTV.com and WESH.com usually are pretty close in the ComScore rankings of local websites — leading the Orlando TV stations but still pretty far behind local leader OrlandoSentinel.com in market share. …

Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World. And unless I missed it, I didn’t see any Orlando stations showing their footage from opening day in 1971. I hope they kept that film — since it was a pretty historic day for all of us. But I suspect like many old news films, it’s probably disappeared. Too bad.