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WSVN Newsplex

Several tipsters tell SFLTV that WSVN is in the process of revamping the newsplex which is now in its fifth year since its last renovation that took place back in 2009 before the station went HD.

We have scant details to go buy, and information is conflicting, but the prevailing info we hear is that the revamp will be mostly cosmetic, similar to what Sunbeam did with its other station in Boston, WHDH, which just received a barely noticeable refresh with a darker red duratrans strip and some more monitors as backdrops on the second floor that quite honestly don’t look that impressive.

We’re kind of sad to report that there is a possibility the big wall of old CRT televisions, which have been there literally since the 1990s, will finally give way to big flat screens that will use software to simulate the tiny wall of TVs we’ve become used to seeing behind the anchors. After the WHDH newsplex revamp took place their morning newscasts have featured clouds on the monitor wall (pic below) which to be quite honest we’re not big fans of but we’ll have to wait and see what they come up with down here.

WHDH Newsplex 2014 refresh

Right now our best guess for when the changes will take place is maybe aroud September, or in time for November sweeps at the latest.

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WSVN really loves virtual sets. The new hurricane virtual set went live just in time for Arthur’s arrival. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the old weather set with a giant circle 7 on the floor and lots of moving elements.

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We’d like to see them render the 7 different. Right now I wonder whether Phil Ferro would trip or not

photo: @scejas

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WPLG

So WPLG is finally getting that new set SFLTV first told you about in December. After today’s newscasts are over the current set will be hauled away into the dumpster to make way for what’s coming.

As we reported back in December rumor has it the new set will be an open newsroom, serving as the backdrop for the news anchors, that would look similar to the current WPBF set or some sort of a mash-up between the WPBF set and what WSVN’s newsplex used to look like circa 2001-2005. We don’t have to wait long to see whether that’s all true but we’d like to see Channel 10 finally make use of that giant space they’ve been inhabiting.

The new set should make its debut sometime in July

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Bob Leider WSVN General Manager

Update: Bob Leider will go part-time after September 1st as a consultant

A few minutes ago WSVN employees were told long-time WSVN general manager Bob Leider will be retiring effective September 1st.

WHDH General Manager Chris Wayland will be moving to Miami to take over

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Sunbeam Televsion

The last couple of years have seen a lot of television stations being bought and sold. Belo and Gannett merged, Tribune went on a station buying spree, and our WPLG Local 10 is now in the hands of prolific investor Warren Buffett.

Using data from research firm BIA/Kelsey TVNewsCheck ranked TV station owners by 2013 revenue and while the usual media giants like FOX and CBS are at the top other station groups have moved up a bit.

WSVN parent company Sunbeam Television placed 18th, right behind former WPLG owner Post-Newsweek Stations, with estimated revenues of $207 million from WSVN, WHDH and WLVI during 2013. In the same list last year Sunbeam placed 22nd with $231,700 million in 2012 revenues which no doubt were propped up by heavy political spending.

WPLG, now owned by Berkshire Hatthaway and Warren Buffet, ranked 26th with $71 million in revenues for 2013. Its former parent company Post-Newsweek which now owns five stations in five markets had $261 million in revenues and ranked 17th.