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It’s that time of the year again, the Suncoast Emmy Awards are upon us. Recently the chapter announced nominees and as usual we tallied up the nominations. In total South Florida stations and media grabbed 156 nominations this year with WFOR, Telemundo 51, and WJAN leading the pack with 22, 23, and 24 nominations. In Palm Beach WPEC and WPBF have nomination vying for an Emmy statue as well.

The award ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.

Miami Stations
WFOR – 22
WTVJ – 10
WSVN – 3
WPLG – 9
WSCV – 23
WLTV – 7
WJAN – 24
WSFL – 3
WBFS – 2
WLRN – 3
WPTB – 5
WSBS – 1
Becon – 1
WDFL Mira TV – 2
Sun Sentinel – 1
Miami Dolphins – 4
Miami Heat – 14
Sun Sports – 14
Royal Palm Films – 2
Common Machine Prod. – 1
Armenoid Productions – 1
Miami-Dade TV – 1
Sportman’s Adventures – 1
Television Marti – 2

Palm Beach Stations
WPTV – 14
WPEC – 2
WPBF – 1

You can see the complete list of nominees here [PDF]

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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