Catching up on stories missed while taking a summer break …
In time for the Olympics, WESH 2 debuted some flashy new graphics and music for WESH 2 News. These graphics replace the standard Hearst TV graphics that WESH has been using for the past six years — and some suspect they will become the new standard for Hearst stations. Got to say, I like them. In addition to the new graphics, WESH is also welcoming the London Olympics with its nightly Olympic Zone show, hosted by Martha Sugalski and Jim Payne. See more of the new WESH graphics here. …
Other changes at WESH: weekend anchor Meredith McDonough is moving to weekday mornings starting Aug. 6. She’ll replace Syan Rhodes, who will move to WESH’s 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WKCF-CW 18 — helping spell Sugalski and Payne. Read more about the shuffle here. …
Very quietly, Fox 35 recently launched weekend morning newscasts. The weekend editions of “Good Day” run from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Looks like Tom Johnson is the anchor and Rob Eicher is handling the weather.
Orlando TV icon Bob Jordan is leaving his post as WFTV news director on Aug. 17. As reported earlier, he’s taking the news director spot at Cox sister station KIRO-7 in Seattle….
Apparently, Bob Jordan’s move to Seattle isn’t a done deal.
Today, NewsBlues.com offered this update on the WFTV news director’s career plans:
“Jordan, who turns 66 today, is considering the offer. Last week, he visited KIRO-7-CBS and even conducted a morning editorial meeting. Seattle is familiar territory. His daughter and grandkids live there, and he visits regularly. He was news director at Belo’s KING-5-NBC nearly 20 years ago. This week, Jordan and his wife are vacationing in Minnesota and have stayed below the radar while they try to figure out what to do next.”
Mike James, the NewsBlues.com founder and editor, was once WFTV’s sports director under Jordan, and likely has the inside scoop about his former boss.
As they say in TV, stay tuned…
Bob Jordan (Courtesy Orlando Sentinel)
Is longtime news director Bob Jordan leaving WFTV? That’s that insider website FTVLive.com is reporting.
“FTVLive FIRST told you days ago that WFTV (Orlando) News Director Bob Jordan was spotted interviewing at KIRO in Seattle. Now, Seattle insiders tell FTVLive that it is a “done deal” and that Jordan will be leaving O-Town and head to Seattle.”
Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker got a “no comment” from WFTV about the report. Jordan, according to his Twitter account, is currently vacationing in Minnesota and is making no mention of the reports.
Jordan has been at Channel 9 for the past 10 years — his third stint as news director at WFTV. He’s credited with providing stability to the station which had gone through five news directors in six years before his most recent arrival.
Why would Jordan leave now? Good question. He’s close to retirement age, and based on his previous Tweets, I believe he has family in the Seattle area. KIRO-CBS 7, like WFTV, is a Cox-owned station — so he gets to stay with this company. Seattle is familiar territory for Jordan, as he served as news director at KING-NBC 5 before heading to KCBS-2 in LA in the ’90s.
Back in Orlando, what’s left for Jordan? He’s built WFTV into a juggernaut (three times), but one that now is about to go through a series of transitions. Greg Warmoth is being eased into Bob Opsahl’s role as main anchor, there’s a new morning anchor team that’s been installed, too. And with Oprah gone, WESH-2 has been edging closer to Channel 9′s Eyewitness News in the early evening.