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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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Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF will be the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2014 Gubernatorial Debate scheduled to take place at Broward College on Oct 15 from 7 to 8pm. The station is partnering with the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida to produce and air the debate which will air on eleven other broadcast outlets as well as online at WPBF.com, BeforeYouVote.org, and is expected to be rebroadcast nationally on one of the C-SPAN channels.

WPBF will also provide more in-depth reviews of candidates’ and incumbents’ records, have more of what they call accountability-focused political reporting, and an online and on-air segment titled “Ad Watch” that will examine political advertising accuracy.

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WPBF News 25 kitten rescue Randy Gyllenhaal

While on a story about a kitten stuck in a storm drain in Delray Beach, WPBF reporter Randy Gyllenhaal got down and dirty and helped rescue the little guy.

WPBF viewer Bruce Hyndman heard the kitten’s cries coming from a storm drain for several days. When the fire department couldn’t locate the cat on Friday, Hyndman decided to go it alone on Saturday and called WPBF. A large chain to make noise and Gyllenhaal waiting on the other end of the drain scared the little guy right into his hands

WPBF newsroom employees will help foster the kitten for a few days while they look for someone to adopt it. You can contact [email protected] or @WPBF_Randy if you want to adopt the kitten

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WPEC CBS12 News

Four years after coming to WPEC, and after a not so hot November ratings book, news director Cathy Younkin has been shown the door

Yonkin is part of the old guard at WPEC. The station’s former owner Freedom Communications, brought her in from WWMT in Grand Rapids after former ND Dave Christopher left after only two years on the job. Under her watch WPEC has remained lagging in the ratings though. Freedom’s bankruptcy and its lack of investment in WPEC along with the departure of high-profile anchor Curt Fonger, and a resurgent WPBF did not help the CBS affiliate.

In the November 2013 sweeps only WPEC’s noon newscast placed second, with tenth of a rating point behind WPTV. In all other time slots the station lagged behind the once perennial third place WPBF 25 who have really stepped up their game in the last couple of years with a much sleeker newscast that moves faster, and borrows some of its cues from WSVN, along with anchor teams that have a good on-air chemistry together.

[GossipExtra]