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Dec 9, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Miami owned-and-operated CBS station WFOR-TV and its sister station UPN O&O WBFS-TV have partnered with The Miami Herald to share resources starting this month. WFOR has installed a bureau inside the Miami Herald’s newsroom that is staffed by a reporter/producer and a photographer whom the stations and the paper share. The stations also have a bureau in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., newsroom. The media outlets will share resources, work on stories jointly and promote each other’s coverage, said WFOR General Manager Steve Mauldin. “Say a group of Cuban immigrants landed in the Keys,” he said. “We would start out and cover that with helicopter, and we can share those pictures with the Herald and develop the story with Herald reporters.” WFOR had a four-year relationship with The Sun Sentinel that ended after the Tribune-owned paper received permission to share resources with Tribune-owned WB affiliate WBZL-TV.
Bosquez headed to WCBS
Mario Bosquez will join CBS owned-and-operated station WCBS-TV in New York as a reporter/anchor starting Jan. 6. He spent the past nine years with Fox O&O WNYW-TV in New York, most recently as the anchor of “Fox Five News at 11:30 a.m.” and co-anchor of “Good Day Wake Up” and “Good Day New York First Edition.”
Philly fixture Kane retiring
Philadelphia’s Larry Kane is retiring Dec. 23 as anchor of CBS owned-and-operated station KYW-TV. After 36 years in Philadelphia, he plans to pursue a writing career and work as a special contributor to sister station KYW Newsradio. He joined the market’s WFIL-TV (now ABC O&O WPVI-TV) in 1966 and became an anchor in 1969.
Tribune promotes FitzSimons to CEO
Dennis FitzSimons, president and chief operating officer of Tribune Co., will become chief executive of the company starting Jan. 1. He takes over the reins from John Madigan, chairman and CEO, who will remain as chairman until Dec. 31, 2003, when he plans to retire.
Changes at Viacom’s L.A. duopoly
The Los Angeles KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV duopoly, owned by Viacom Television Stations Group, has made several programming changes this month. They include the addition of encore presentations of “Entertainment Tonight” on KCAL at 11 p.m. each weeknight. The show also airs on CBS owned-and-operated station KCBS at 7 p.m. In addition, KCAL plans to bring back dating show “The 5th Wheel” to the 4:30 p.m. time slot, kicking off a slew of similar shows, with “Change of Heart” at 5 p.m. and “Elimidate” at 5:30 p.m.
AP kicks off Florida video service
The Associated Press launched Florida Capital Video Service, the first state video service offered by the news organization, on Dec. 1. APTN Florida will operate from AP’s Tallahassee bureau to cover news from the state capital. It will provide an afternoon feed delivered via AP’s video satellite network. On the first day of the service APTN provided an exclusive interview with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the stay of execution of death-row inmate Amos King issued by Gov. Bush. Tallahassee becomes AP’s fifth video bureau in the United States, joining Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington.