More news coming out of the train wreck that is WTVJ. It now appears that you can add NBC6’s weekend sports show ‘Sunday Sports Final’ (sponsored by Lexus) to the list of cancelled newscasts. Again, this is all “most likely due to the economy.” The story that was first broke by the Miami Hearld’s Barry Jackson, quotes WTVJ general manager Ardyth Diercks in saying that the show is on an indefinite hiatus because of alleged “staffing issues” in result of this week’s layoff of executive producer Jeff Tavss. There’s no word on when, or if the show will be returning. Interestingly enough, there was no sports anchor on-air this weekend during the 6 and 11PM shows (excluding Sunday). As a substitute, they had weekend anchor Amara Sohn reading sports of the prompter at the news desk.
Moving on to a little bit of rumor control. We received a few tips saying that NBC6 meteorologist John Gerard was also laid off last week. We have been able to confirm that he is just on vacation, and returns this Monday.
Finally, SFLTV.com has also been able to confirm that weekday morning traffic reporter Roxanne Vargas has been promoted to a general assignment reporter position. From what we’re told, Roxanne will still be reporting the morning traffic. She will then be sent out into the field to record bits that can be used as “look alike live-shots” for the 6 am 11PM newscast.