It’s hard to believe today after more than 30 years of local dominance, but WFTV-Channel 9 used to be the least-watched station for Orlando TV news. Here’s a newspaper ad from that era — when “Eyewitness News” was just called “Eyewitness.” This advertisement from November 1971 shows that WFTV was trying — it had expanded its early evening news to a full hour, following the lead of WESH. The hour-long format didn’t take last — and it wouldn’t be until 1981 that Channel 9 went back to an hour of news in the early evening.
The Orlando Police Department is taking WFTV-Channel 9 to task for a mistake it says aired on Eyewitness News on Friday. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Barb Jones sent an email to all Orlando media on Monday … MORE
WFTV’s Monday night special, recalling the Apollo moon landing 40 years ago, proved very popluar. According to WFTV news director Bob Jordan, the space special drew a 3.7 rating and 14 share in the coveted … MORE
The Casey Anthony trial has brought unprecedented media attention to Orlando — as well a horde of reporters and satellite trucks now camped outside the Orange County Courthouse. Here’s a quick tour of this temporary … MORE