In addition to watching the Casey Anthony trial on Orlando TV news, many followed coverage via reporters’ and anchors’ tweets on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Orlando TV tweets following the verdict. (I especially like WFTV news director Bob Jordan’s tweet at the bottom):
New WOFL ND Jeff Zeller appears to be wasting no time making changes at Fox 35.
A pair of anchors — newcomer Sonni Abatta and veteran Amy Kaufeldt — will be swapping roles. Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports Kaufeldt will become Cale Ramaker’s co-anchor on the Fox 35 10 p.m. news as well as continue as the 5 p.m. co-anchor. Abatta will move off the late anchor desk to join the 9 a.m. hour of “Good Day” while continuing to be the 6 p.m. anchor with Ramaker.
The changes are scheduled to begin on Monday.
Some quick notes for midweek:
TVNewsCheck.com is noting how Twitter has become popular in TV newsrooms, and it called upon two of O-Town’s top TV Tweeters to explain the craze. “I thought the social networking sites were strictly a phenomenon of teenagers and young kids. I thought it was meaningless chatter, but it’s not,” WFTV News Director Bob Jordan told the site. “It’s now the primary way a lot of people communicate, share and obtain information. Not to be in that space would be just the dumbest thing anyone could do, if you’re in the communications business.” WESH ND Bob Longo — another Twitter fan and occasional target of Jordan’s Tweets — told TVNewsCheck, “I like it for a few reasons: It’s a little bit town crier, a little bit police scanner and another news monitor on the assignment desk wall.” You can read the full story here. …
Former WKMG anchor Bob Frier is back on the air. You can catch him in the mornings this week filling in for vacationing Erica Lee on Mix 105.1 FM’s Scott and Erica Show. As you are probably aware, Frier and DJ Scott McKenzie are part of the band Simulcast. It’s good to hear Bob again. Maybe radio is in his future? That’s what happened to former Channel 6 anchor Leslye Gayle when the station dropped her — she popped up on Magic 107.7 and has been doing mornings there since. …
Fox 35 is gearing up for next week’s launch of its expanded morning news. The 8:30 to 10 a.m. segment is being branded as “Good Day.” Amy Kaufeldt, Heidi Hatch, Jacquie Sosa and Christine van Blokland will helm the show. Promos have started airing. You can check one out below:
With Sonni Abatta’s arrival as the new evening anchor for WOFL, you might have been wondering what will happen to Amy Kaufeldt. Fear not, Amy fans.
Napoli Management says the station has re-upped Kaufeldt, and she will be heading back to mornings — where she started at Fox 35 before leaving to launch the 5 p.m. newscast. Kaufeldt will co-anchor a new 9 a.m. show that starts in September — and will continue to anchor at 5 o’clock. The new 9 a.m. local show will replace the nationally syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” which was canceled.
Solo anchor Amy Kaufeldt remains standing for the hour-long newscast. Chief meteorologist Glenn Richards is relegated to a new "backyard garden" outside Fox 35’s studios in Lake Mary. (The garden looks nice, but don’t expect any tranquility there with Glenn since the station sits next to I-4, and the drone of rush-hour traffic is noticeable in his many weather hits.)
Overall, the new newscast has that "morning show" feel, even to the point of former morning anchor Kaufeldt regularly reminding viewers of the time and temperature with traffic hits.
Amy Kaufeldt bid goodbye to her morning co-anchors on Fox 35 Friday. She’s moving to the new "Fox at 5" evening newscast, which begins on March 6 on WOFL.
Here’s what we know about the new newscast and what’s going to happen on WOFL’s morning show. The new 5 p.m. newscast will be split into 20-minute segments, heavy with weather first with chief met Glenn Richards. The show is being described as "family friendly" — aka, lots of soft features, I would suspect.
As for mornings, Kaufeldt said Trei Johnson is replacing her as anchor, effective Monday. Julie Kim replaces Johnson as field reporter for the morning show.
Best part about the move to the evening newscast fro Kaufeldt? She’s now on a 9 a.m.-6 p.m. work day. Pretty amazing.