Sources tell SFLTV that WPLG anchor/reporter Jen Herrera and meteorologist Roland Steadham are on their way out! Allegedly, the station has decided not to renew Herrera’s contract, and Steadham got replaced by recent hire Jennifer Correa after just a year at WPLG, he joined Local 10 in August 2013.
One source told us “It feels like no one is safe” with Herrera getting bounced after eleven years at the station. She joined Local 10 in May 2003 as a reporter but it was her internship at WPLG when she was 18 years old that got her excited about a career in the news business. She’s also a South Florida native and a graduate from Florida State University.
We should note that Herrera’s former co-anchor partner Jason Martinez left Local 10 the same way. First they moved him from the morning desk to reporter then eventually he faded out.
WPLG Local 10 management has been on a roll lately as they look to improve ratings even though in 2013 WPLG brought in a little over $71 million dollars in revenue, second only to WSVN if you don’t consider WTVJ and WSCV together.
Mystery over. Louis Aguirre is trading Deco Drive for TV celeb rag The Insider which airs on WFOR opposite the Drive at 7:30pm. Insider executive producer Brad Bessey announced on Twitter that Aguirre will make his debut September 9, he takes over for Insider host Kevin Frazier who moves to Entertainment Tonight.
WPTV parent company Scripps is carving out syndicated programming out of another time slot. This time they’re going with what’s billed as a not a newscast but a “fast-moving locally produced news program that covers news trending on social media and invites the audience to join the conversation”.
The new show named The Now South Florida starts airing today at 4pm, featuring news stories from home and abroad, including weather. Viewers will “will engage, share and interact constantly throughout the hour-long program”. The Now will be produced locally at WPTV but in coordination with a national desk at KMGH in Denver to capture what’s trending across social media sites at that moment.
WPTV anchor Shannon Cake will host The Now, digital reporter Rachel Leitao will also be part of the program along with Katie Johnson who has returned to WPTV as a reporter.
The Now is part of larger effort by Scripps to produce more in-house content and rely less on syndicated programming. Their first in-house shows are The List and Let’s Ask America which replaced Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and other shows Scripps syndicated via its TV stations.
You’ll be seeing a new face on Local 10 soon. Jennifer Correa will be joining the Local 10 weather team. She comes straight out of AccuWeather where she worked until a couple of weeks ago. Correa is a South Florida native and graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science, Meteorology. AccuWeather is her first broadcast meteorology job, she joined the network in 2012.
She also likes bodybuilding, and placed third at the 2011 NPC Miami Classic
Look for Jennifer Correa to make her on-air début on Local 10 during this week! You can also follow her on twitter @JenniferLocal10
Barely a month after hitting the 10-year anniversary as a Deco Drive host Louis Aguirre is leaving the show. According to a memo sent out on Friday to plex employees Aguirre will be moving on and to another job. No word yet on where he’s headed. If we had to guess though, it’s probably something that involves traveling and food. But don’t quote us.
This isn’t the first time Deco and Louis have broken up. If I remember correctly, back around 2000-2001 he left Deco Drive briefly then came back sometime in 2003, and in July 2004 he got promoted to co-host of Deco Drive with Lynn Martinez.