Five Orlando news outlets grabbed 30 nominations in the 34th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards competition.
Market ratings leader WFTV-Channel 9 pulled in the most nominations among the Orlando stations with 11. It was followed by Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports followed with 10, WKMG-Local 6 with five, Central Florida News 14 with three and WOFL-Fox 35 with one.
Winners will be announced on Dec. 4 at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. The Suncoast Chapter competition includes all the TV markets in Florida; the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans markets in Louisiana; the Mobile, Ala., market; the Thomasville, Ga., market; and Puerto Rico.
For the full list of nominees, click here.
Following up to the recent Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition …
AP still hasn’t updated its site with the results, but we’re finding out about them the old-fashioned way: folks at the stations are e-mailing me their results. Today, we recognize the winners at WKMG-Local 6.
The station won first place in the continuing coverage category for “The Case Against Casey [Anthony],” and also won first place in best long hard-news Feature, “A Mother’s Loss,” repotered by Donald Forbes. WKMG finished as runner-up in the best newscast, best investigative report and best long hard-news feature categories.
Central Florida News 13 took home three awards from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition on Saturday. Chief met Jeff Day won first place for best weathercast for his coverage of Tropical Storm Fay. Scott Fais won second place for best short light feature about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. And the station took second place for best Web site. If there were other O-Town winners, just let me know. The AP has not updated its Web site with the results of the awards.
Meanwhile, WESH reporter Greg Fox recently picked his his second consecutive USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in the category of Individual Achievement at a Local Station. According to the judges, Fox was recognized for excellent journalistic analysis and helping voters evaluate what candidates said in a ‘Truth Test’ series. It was also WESH parent Hearst-Argyle’s fifth consecutive Cronkite award.
And, Hearst-Argyle also won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism for its Commitment 2008 election and issues series. The honor recognizes the work of WESH as well as other Hearst-Argyle stations in covering the 2008 elections. It was H-A’s fifth Peabody in the past seven years — included in that group was the 2003 award WESH won for the “Building Homes, Building Problems” series looking at Florida’s homebuilding practices. The Peabody awards will be presented on May 18 in New York.
"Bland newscasts [that] lack a distinctive style."
That’s how Orlando Sentinel TV Critic Hal Boedeker characterizes WESH 2 News. It was part of a Sunday feature on the state of the city’s newscasts. He says top-rated WFTV "delivers fast-paced Eyewitness News with businesslike determination," and WKMG "has hit on a formula of offering reports that make viewers switch away from WFTV or stay up at 11."
It’s an interesting read. Click here to find out what else Boedeker said about local news.
More notes to start the week:
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The folks are WKMG are sporting some new hardware.
The station picked up three first-place awards in the recent Associated Press Florida Broadcast competition. Local 6 won for best investigative story, for its coverage of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority’s hiring of political consultant Doug Guetzloe; for its coverage of the Christmas Day tornadoes; and for its coverage of a fatal police shooting caught on tape by Sky 6. (I’d provide a link to the full list of state winners, but I have been unable to find those online.)
Meanwhile, the station is also celebrating a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA, won in the spot news category for Local 6′s coverage of the fatal police shooting. Locally, WDBO-AM also won a Murrow. Click here for the full list of regional winners.