WFTV anchor Greg Warmoth and legal expert Bill Sheaffer watch a replay of a 28-year-old restaurant worker flipping a bird at prosecutor Jeff Ashton.
If the Casey Anthony trial were a motion picture, the action over the past two days would earn an R rating.
Unlike Wednesday, there were no F-bombs spoken on Thursday — but the bird was the word. A local restaurant server flipped a bird at prosecutor Jeff Ashton. If you weren’t looking, you probably would have missed it — but Central Florida News 13 did not. According to the Orlando Sentinel, News 13 brought the “finger” incident to the court’s attention — and that’s what started a chain of events that led to the 28-year-old man being found in contempt of court and sentenced to six days in the county jail. Interesting that at least in its online story, News 13 doesn’t mention its involvement in the incident.
During court on Wednesday, the F-word went out over the Orlando TV airwaves twice — once when Casey Anthony’s father, George, was on the stand being questioned by the defense. Later, defense attorney Jose Baez dropped another F-bomb — this time while quoting a deposition given by George Anthony. While the courts have apparently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission can no longer fine stations for so-called “fleeting explatives,” Orlando’s TV news channels took note. WESH 2 posted a on-screen warning: “May Contain Offensive Language.” WOFL-Fox 35 appeared to start using a delay with its coverage.
WESH coverage carries a warning to views about language after the F-word was spoken twice in court on Thursday.
Noticed this while watching Fox 35′s coverage of the Casey Anthony trial — and looking at the live studio webcam WOFL has on its MyFoxOrlando.com website. I guess this shows that…
- Fox 35 has a big studio
- Fox 35 has at least four cameras in its studio
- Everyone gets their close-up on Fox 35
- Maybe Fox 35 doesn’t have a table/desk where four people can sit at once?
What Fox 35 viewers saw on their televisions ...
... what it looked like in the Fox 35 studio (courtesy MyFoxOrlando.com)
If you want to spend mornings or afternoons watching NBC’s Wimbledon coverage next week, don’t bother tuning to WESH 2.
The local peacock affiliate plans to stick with its non-stop Casey Anthony trial coverage and will move the tennis matches from the All-England club to sister station WKCF-CW 18.
According to a WESH news release, “Wimbledon updates during late-night programming will remain on WESH-TV, which will delay NBC’s overnight programming during the week.”
Only the men’s final on Sunday, July 3, is scheduled to air on WESH 2 — that is, of course, unless Judge Belvin Perry decides to hold a Sunday session in the Casey Anthony trial.
See the full Wimbledon schedule shuffle here.
Mark NeJame, Tony Pipitone and Lauren Rowe anchor WKMG's prime-time Casey Anthony special report.
It’s not enough that Orlando’s main TV stations have thrown out their networks morning and afternoon schedules to show the Casey Anthony trial. On Thursday night, WKMG bumped part of CBS’ prime-time lineup for a trial recap.
Local 6′s Casey Anthony Special Report aired at 10 p.m., in the slot where a repeat of “The Mentalist” was scheduled to run. I suspect when ratings come out, Local 6′s bold move will prove to be a ratings winner. It was the most dramatic day of the trial with Cindy Anthony testifying that she was responsible for chloroform searches on the family computer and that stains in the trunk of Casey’s car were there when the family bought the vehicle.
It’s not just Casey Anthony who can scramble Orlando TV programming. Mother Nature also has some clout.
Late afternoon tornado warnings on Saturday disrupted Orlando’s already mixed-up TV programming. Sports fans hoping to watch the U.S. Open golf tournament on WESH-2 and the Yankees-Cubs baseball game of the week on Fox 35 had to settle for split-screen coverage. [Update: A reader noted that WFTV left NASCAR coverage at the start of its storm coverage.] After briefly returning to regular programming around 7 p.m., Orlando’s stations were back in a flash with more weather warnings. The last batch even managed to knock off WFTV-Channel 9′s weekly Casey recap special. It will be rescheduled.
Despite four separate tornado warnings over two hours, there were no confirmed twisters. A look below at Orlando TV on Saturday afternoon:
WESH-2, which moved the U.S. Open to sister station WKCF-CW 18 during the week, shrinks coverage on Saturday to make way to weather warnings.
WOFL-Fox 35 broke into the baseball game of the week with its weather warnings. Even though it kept the split screen throughout the tornado warnings, it did resume audio from the Yankees-Cubs game from time to time.
WFTV-Channel 9 was able to air a few minutes of its weekly Casey Anthony trial recap before having to ditch it completely for more severe weather coverage.
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 media village, which some have dubbed “Casey Town.”
This is the main media village area, directly across Orange Avenue from the Orange County Courthouse. This is where the broadcast and cable networks are positioned, as well as Orlando stations WKMG-Local 6 and WOFL-Fox 35.
This is the south "suburb" of Casey Town, located south of the courthouse and home to WFTV-Channel 9, WESH-Channel 2 and WDBO-AM radio.
This is the northern boundary of Casey Town -- one of the Orlando Sentinel's parking lots. Univision secured space here, with a view of the courthouse parking garage as a background.