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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.

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Ashely Hinson WPTV WFLX

Ashley Hinson is the new WPTV anchor for the 10pm newscast on WFLX. She is native of Texas and comes from Lubbock, TX ABC affiliate KAMC where she anchored the weekday evening newscasts and reported daily. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University in 2012.

Hinson arrives shortly after it was announced that long-time WPTV anchor Shannon Cake is going part-time after asked for reduced duties to be able to spend more time with her family.

 

You can follow Ashley Hinson on Twitter @ahinsonWPTV, or Facebook.com/AshleyHinsonTV

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Dan Krauth WTVJ NBC 6 South Florida

WPTV’s golden boy and investigative reporter Dan Krauth has found his way down south and joined WTVJ with the same job title. Krauth spent the last three years at the Palm Beach affiliate as an investigative reporter winning several awards for his work, most recently a Murrow award for an investigative piece about 911 operators.

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Meteorologist Kait Parker left WPTV for the Weather Channel in December and since then station management have been looking for a replacement. Fast forward five months and we learn they have finally found the right person.

Meteorologist Lisa Vaughn will be joining WPTV Newschannel 5 soon, with a fresh degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She comes to South Florida from WJTV, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, MS where she served as the weekend morning meteorologist since May 2013.

Vaughn is a native of Houston and graduated from the University of Houston in 2009 with a Bachelors in Mathematics. She also earned a Master’s in Statistics from Rice University in 2010.

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Shannon Cake and John Favole of WPTV Newschannel 5

WPTV anchor Shannon Cake announced today on her Facebook page that she asked for and received a reduction of her duties at the station. Cake signed a new contract with Newschannel 5 that takes her off the WFLX 10pm newscast, but she will stay on as co-anchor of the station’s early evening newscasts alongside Jay Cashmere, and will also report on special projects.

Around the time WPTV started to produce the WFLX shows, we heard rumors that Cake wasn’t too keen on taking up anchor duties for WFLX’s 10pm newscast so soon after having a child but she says a family health scare last year forced her to seriously re-examine her work life balance and priorities. According to Cake, WPTV managemers “were more like mentors” during her family’s ordeal and agreed to let her go part-time.

Shannon Cake is one of the long-timers on WPB television having joined Newschannel 5 way back in 1996 as reporter and worked her way up to weekday anchor and investigative reporter.

Her full statement below: