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Quick hits: WFTV names Jordan’s replacement; FCC OKs UCF’s purchase of WMFE

Some quick Orlando TV News updates …

In a move expected by many in the TV industry, WFTV has named Matt Parcell as news director — replacing Orlando TV legend Bob Jordan.  Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reported that Parcell started his new role on Monday, after Jordan exited last Friday for his new gig at Seattle’s KOMO-CBS 7. Wrote Boedeker:

Parcell, who has been at WFTV since 1997, had been managing editor and Jordan’s No. 2.  Parcell said viewers won’t see a change in the station’s approach. “We are about local news and investigative reporting,” Parcell said. “Channel 9 Eyewitness News — it’s not Bob Jordan’s news. Jordan guided us, but we use research. We take a broader look. It’s not top down. It’s a group effort.”

Meanwhile, former PBS station WMFE-24 finally has a new owner — the University of Central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Federal Communications Commission gave approval for UCF to take over the WMFE license as part of a $3.3 million deal. The move will mean “WUCF TV” — the PBS channel that UCF runs with Brevard Community college on WBCC-TV 68, will be moving to Channel 24 — the longtime home of PBS in Central Florida. Read the full story here.

Happy birthdays to Channel 6, WUCF-TV

Today is a historic day for Orlando TV for two important reasons, with something old and something new.

First, it was on this day 57 years ago that television began in Orlando. WDBO-Channel 6 started broadcasting, airing shows from CBS, NBC, ABC and DuMont. It would be the area’s only TV station for two years until WESH-2 began in Daytona Beach.

Adding to the importance of July 1 in Orlando TV history, the area’s new home for PBS  — WUCF-TV — begins broadcasting today on channel 68. It replaces WMFE-Channel 24, whose new owner will flip it to a religious format shortly.

“These organizations have done an outstanding job coming together to ensure that everyone in central Florida can continue enjoying their favorite PBS content, on television and online,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a news release Thursday. “WUCF will offer a full range of PBS content as well as one-of-a-kind local programming that allows everyone to discover more, to experience more and to be more. I am confident that this new collaboration will provide even greater service to the people of Central Florida.”

For more info about WUCF-TV, its program schedule and where you can find it on your TV, check out the station’s new website.

QUICK NOTE: Also found out that July 1 is also the anniversary of the launch of commercial television in the U.S. Friday was the anniversary of the first broadcast on New York City’s WNBT (now known as WNBC). TVNewser.com has more info.

WUCF TV, PBS in Central Florida

It’s official: WUCF TV to be Orlando’s main PBS station

WUCF TV, PBS in Central FloridaPBS fans in Orlando can breathe easier. On July 1, WUCF TV will officially take over as the main PBS affiliate in Central Florida when public broadcasting leaves longtime home WMFE-TV.

Though reported earlier, the deal was officially announced today. The University of Central Florida said in a news release that WUCF TV will become the main channel on WBCC-Channel 68.1 and begin airing PBS programming the day WMFE adopts its new religious programming format.

“In April, when WMFE-TV announced its affiliation with PBS would end as of June 30, we at UCF knew that Central Florida stood to lose a treasured community resource,” UCF President John Hitt said. “However, as America’s leading partnership university, we also know that great turnarounds can happen for the common good through the power of partnerships. I look forward to July 1 and enjoying some of my favorite shows on the new WUCF TV.”

WBCC-TV, named after Brevard Community College, has been programming Channel 68 since October 1991 and started carring PBS shows as a secondary affiliate in 2002. (Side note: The college station was originally WRES-Channel 18, when it went on the air in 1988. But in 1991  it executed a deal with then-independent — now CW affiliate — WKCF to swap channel positions. But I digress …) UCF has been airing its community programming, dubbed UCF TV, on WBCC’s digital subchannel 68.2. Part of the new arrangement will have WUCF’s main PBS programming on 68.1, with WBCC’s programming and UCF TV sliding to subchannels  68.2 and 68.3.

Still not totally clear to me:  will WUCF be the official call letters of record for Channel 68, or does it retain WBCC?

Click here to read the full press release, and click here to see the new website for WUCF TV (you can also make a donation to the new PBS station there, too.)

Click here for Orlando Sentinel coverage.