WPTV and WLRN Murrow Award Winners in 2014

Today the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the winners of the 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards recognizing the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

WPTV and WLRN radio both won awards this year. WPTV won for overall excellence among large market television stations in Region 13 which covers television stations Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. WPTV reporter Dan Krauth and photojournalist Jim Sitton’s investigation into local 911 operators won in the News Series category.

WLRN radio won five Murrow awards, one for overall excellence among large market radio stations. Two for it’s Elevation Zero series in the news documentary and news series categories, and another one in the hard news category.

Regional winners are automatically entered for consideration for the national Murrow awards which will be judged in May.


WPTV 911 Dispatch Mistakes

WLRN Elevation Zero

WLRN Sistrunk Boulevard

MeTV South Florida on WPTV 5.2

Starting today Me-TV is officially broadcasting in Palm Beach County. The digital network known for airing some of the best classic television programs is available over the air on WPTV digital 5.2, and on Comcast channel 216.

Even though they call it MeTV South Florida, the network has been available to viewers in Palm Beach county who use antennas, or have AT&T Uverse, since it started airing on WPLG digital 10.2 because Channel 10′s signal reaches as far north as Tequesta.

Also, MeTV replaces Live Well Network which aired on WPTV 5.2


WPTV website WPTV.com RedesignedScripps-owned Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV just went live with their new website, and less-is-a-lot-more seems to be what they thought visitors would like best. And we (I) love it!.

Content on the new WPTV.com is still wrapped in a lot of white just like before, but the overall feel and look of the site has been simplified. Gone are the columns of tiny links that forced you to stare at the screen to make sure you’re clicking where you want to. Now, the top stories along with the rest of the headlines, are featured more prominently – in big rectangles with bold headlines, which those of us on high-resolution devices can appreciate as it makes the headlines easy to glance or read.

The redesigned and simplified header section adds to the overall de-cluttered feel of WPTV.com with just the station logo on one side, and weather and traffic on the other. The navigation bar has been reduced to just four links – home page, weather, traffic, and sections which neatly hides the different sections of the site. Previously, the navigation bar was a big, black strip that linked to every section of the site no matter how minute.WPTV.com Previous Design

My most favorite part of the new look has to be how clean they kept the story pages! There’s only the bare minimum – a large video player sitting above the story with sharp crystal clear video, the story text itself without any ads breaking the flow, and a right sidebar with trending and featured stories plus two box ads. No flabby bellies, or wrinkled ladies wearing a lot of make up staring you in the face as you read a story!

The new WPTV.com was also built to be responsive – a term used to describe a web design technique that adapts a website’s design automatically regardless of the device it’s viewed on. And on a small screen like a smartphone, reading WPTV.com is a breeze. You get all the top stories right up top, and the larger, bolder headlines carry over automatically.

I have to say, I’m a huge fan of what Scripps has done. The cost of online ads doesn’t come close to what TV stations charge for air time, and some (most?) stations compensate by cramming ads on their pages with as many links as possible to get people to click on page after page to generate page views. WFOR and the CBS-owned station sites for example have 10-12 ads on their story pages. We’re glad to see Scripps chose to go down a different road.

With all that said, to us the new WPTV.com is easily the best local TV station website right now.



201305311153300.Davis273aA new anchor is coming to WPTV. The station hired Hollani Davis to replace Kelly Fulton who just left a few days ago. Davis comes from WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia where she anchored the station’s 10pm and 11pm newscasts. Her first day will be January 20.

There will be more new faces on WPTV soon as the station fills several recently vacated positions