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WFTV-Channel 9, Orlando's ABC affiliate, began broadcasting on Feb. 1, 1958. Channel 9 was the area's third television station and its original call letters were WLOF-TV (which stood for We Love Orlando Florida) . The call letters were changed in 1963 to WFTV (Wonderful Florida Television). Long an also-ran among the Central Florida TV stations, WFTV's fortunes turned in the late 1970s thanks in part to ABC's strong ratings as well as a new tranmission tower that boosted the station's signal. The station is located next to State Road 408 in downtown Orlando. Some of the anchors for WFTV-Channel 9's Eyewitness News are Bob Opsahl, Martie Salt, Tom Terry, Phil Burton, Barbara West, Greg Warmo... Show more »
WFTV-Channel 9, Orlando's ABC affiliate, began broadcasting on Feb. 1, 1958. Channel 9 was the area's third television station and its original call letters were WLOF-TV (which stood for We Love Orlando Florida) . The call letters were changed in 1963 to WFTV (Wonderful Florida Television). Long an also-ran among the Central Florida TV stations, WFTV's fortunes turned in the late 1970s thanks in part to ABC's strong ratings as well as a new tranmission tower that boosted the station's signal. The station is located next to State Road 408 in downtown Orlando. Some of the anchors for WFTV-Channel 9's Eyewitness News are Bob Opsahl, Martie Salt, Tom Terry, Phil Burton, Barbara West, Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols. Previous anchors included Bob Jordan, Carole Nelson, John Tesh and Deborah Roberts. « Show less

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  • July ratings: WESH pleased with depleted numbers

     
    The winners usually supply the main news in the monthly ratings report, and WFTV-Channel 9 continued its winning streak in most time slots (the 5 a.m. hour was an exception). The headline for July, however, is the strong showing by WESH-Channel 2...
  • WFTV alum Josh Benson goes to Miami in ’switcheroo’

     
    The TV news business is a small world. Consider: Former WFTV-Channel anchor Josh Benson has landed a job at CBS-owned WFOR in Miami. Benson will be a morning anchor. It's the same job that Jorge Estevez left WFTV for in 2006. Estevez later became a...
  • WFTV names Bob Jordan’s No. 2 as news director

     
    A new era at WFTV-Channel 9 began Monday as Matt Parcell was named news director. He replaces Bob Jordan, whose last day at the ABC affiliate was Friday. Parcell, who has been at WFTV since 1997, had been managing editor and Jordan's No. 2.  Parcell said ...
  • George Zimmerman: Ratings remain strong

    George Zimmerman: Ratings remain strong
    Local TV ratings suggest that interest in the George Zimmerman trial remains high. The trial scored its biggest TV audiences Thursday morning (244,200 total viewers) and afternoon (242,200 viewers). Monday afternoon, when lead detective Chris Serino...
  • Casey Anthony's probation hearing Q&A

    Casey Anthony's probation hearing Q&A
    Chief Judge Belvin Perry is set Friday to hear Casey Anthony's emergency motion to "quash, vacate and set aside" fellow Judge Stan Strickland's amended order regarding the young woman's probation status. Perry may decide whether the 25-year-old should...
  • Cut TV bills with Web services, options

    Cut TV bills with Web services, options
    Whether you live in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton, the last thing you should be paying too much for these days is TV content. It used to be TV watchers demanding choice had to sign up for costly, long-term cable or satellite services. Today...
  • WFTV parts company with Mary Nguyen

     
    You won't be seeing reporter on Mary Nguyen on WFTV-Channel 9 anymore. She and the ABC affiliate have parted ways, WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt said Monday. Bartelt declined to offer more specifics. Nguyen joined the station in October 2003. Her...
  • Jorge Estevez returning to WFTV, will anchor at WRDQ

     
    WFTV and WRDQ General Manager Shawn Bartelt said: "We are thrilled to be able to bring Jorge back to Central Florida. I am sure that our viewers who remember Jorge will share our excitement when he is back on our air this summer."...
  • WFTV: Greg Warmoth-Vanessa Echols teaming ends May 23

     
    WFTV has hired Mark Joyella of CNN as weekend anchor starting in early June. Joyella has been a digital producer for "Erin Burnett OutFront." He also reported for WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa. In Tampa, Joyella worked for Bob Jordan, now WFTV news...
  • Hurricane Irene: The main topic Sunday morning

     
    CBS plans to offer a special hurricane newscast anchored by Scott Pelley at 11 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. CBS' "Face the Nation" will offer the latest on Irene at 10:30 a.m. "Face the Nation" also offers an interview with former Secretary of State Colin...
  • Guest list: Buddy Dyer talks to Lauren Rowe on ‘Flashpoint’

     
    U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, talks to Central Florida News 13's Ybeth Bruzual on "Political Connections." The program airs at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Webster will discuss the debt debate, Washington spending, redistricting and the...