Orlando


Longtime WESH reporter/anchor/photog/sports director and most importantly MU grad Bill Shafer will be leaving WESH sometime in mid-August, according to rogersimmons.com. Shafer was someone who helped to firm up my decision to go to MU and I thank him for that. So where is Shafer going? You guessed it, Middleton Courdiet. Now I am really excited to see what comes of the group.

When WESH newscaster Mark Middleton left and started a company with former WESH newscaster Andrea Courdiet, ee were under the impression that it had something to do with convergence. Creating multimedia stories that crossed multiple platforms. The website however seems to be geared more towards public relations and marketing. Add to that rumors that Pittman will be joining Middleton and Courdiet. According to the WESH news release Pittman will be joining a new company that will help to meet the increased needs for video production on the web. I am excited to see what they are up to.

This year marks not only the 50th Anniversary of WESH (the NBC affiliate in Orlando) but also some changes. Chief Meteorologist Dave Marsh is retiring as is sportscaster Buddy Pittman.  WESH will begin a new 4 p.m newscast with Martha Sugalski and Jim Payne. Payne will no longer appear on the 11 p.m. newscast instead Sugalski will replace him. Sugalski comes to WESH from the NBC station in South Florida.