News 13 (Central Florida)

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News 13
My News 13 - Central Florida Logo.jpeg
Launched October 1997 (1997-10)
Owned by Bright House Networks
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan News. Weather. Now.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Central Florida
Headquarters Orlando, Florida
Formerly called Central Florida News 13 (1997–2013)
Sister channel(s) InfoMás
Bright House Sports Network
Bay News 9
Bright House Networks
(Orlando area)
Channel 13 (SD)
Channels 1013 and 1213 (HD)
Bright House Networks (Tampa Bay) Channel 1213 (SD)

News 13 is an American cable news television channel that is owned by Bright House Networks. The channel provides 24-hour rolling news coverage focused primarily on Central Florida (including the Orlando metropolitan area, Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Kissimmee).


The channel originally launched in October 1997 as Central Florida News 13; it was originally operated by Time Warner Cable, which relinquished cable television franchise rights in the Orlando metropolitan area to Bright House Networks in 2001. On December 14, 2010, the channel was added to Bright House's system in the Tampa Bay area, on digital channel 1213; the channel is offered in addition to the provider's local news channel in the area, Bay News 9.[1]

News 13 microwave (ENG) truck at the Kennedy Space Center prior to a launch; the logo package seen here was used until August 27, 2013.

On November 1, 2011 Central Florida News 13 launched a high definition simulcast feed and began airing its newscasts in the format. As part of the upgrade, the channel installed a new master control system, and unveiled a slightly modified graphics package.[2]

The channel unveiled a major branding overhaul on August 27, 2013, the most significant in the channel's history. It shortened its name from "Central Florida News 13" to simply News 13 (its website domain was accordingly changed to; the channel also adopted a logo based on that used by Orlando sister channel Bay News 9, and introduced a new news music ("Primetime News" by Non-Stop Music, which has been used by Bay News 9 since its September 1997 launch) and graphics package, the latter of which is designed to fit 16:9 television sets. Its longtime slogan "All Local, All The Time." was also dropped in favor of the succinct "News. Weather. Now.".


News 13 carries weather forecast segments in ten-minute intervals, under the brand "Weather on the Ones" (which is also used by the regional news channels of Bright House sister company, Time Warner Cable). During the Atlantic hurricane season, News 13 provides tropical weather updates twice each hour. It also airs regular traffic reports that immediately follow the weather segments, called "Traffic Check", each weekdays between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. News 13 also provides coverage of the rocket launches occurring at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. News 13 is also an affiliate of the national and international video news service CNN Newsource.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Jackie Brockington - weekday afternoons (12:00-5:00 p.m.)
  • Ybeth Bruzual - weekday mornings (5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
  • Sandra Osborune - weekend mornings and afternoons (5:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • Joel Schipper - weekend evenings and overnight loop (5:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.)
  • Marla Weech - weekday evenings and overnight loop (5:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.)
Weather Experts[3]
  • Jeff Day (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekday afternoons (12:00-5:00 p.m.)
  • Dave Cocchiarella (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weeknights (5:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.)
  • Maureen McCann (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
  • Mallory Nichols (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend afternoons, evenings and overnight loop (5:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)
  • Mike Simon (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings and afternoons (5:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • Ryan Harper - weekday mornings (5:00-9:00 a.m.)

Other traffic reports, in off peak times, are done by various personnel at Metro Traffic

  • Jeff Allen - Seminole County reporter
  • David Bodden - general assignment reporter
  • John W. Davis - general assignment reporter
  • Dave D'Marko - general assignment reporter
  • Scott Fais - feature reporter
  • Ryan Harper - general assignment reporter
  • Jerry Hume - general assignment reporter
  • Virginia Johnson - feature reporter ("On The Town")
  • Troy Kinsey - general assignment reporter
  • Margaret Kavanagh - Brevard bureau reporter
  • Amanda McKenzie - general assignment reporter
  • Angie Moreschi - consumer reporter ("Consumer Wise")
  • Bailey Myers - Osceola County reporter
  • Greg Pallone - Brevard bureau chief
  • Caroline Rowland - general assignment reporter
  • Saul Saenz - Volusia bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Bakari Savage - general assignment reporter
  • Natalie Tolomeo - general assignment reporter
  • Allison Walker - feature reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Christine Webb - interactive reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Jason Wheeler - Flagler/Volusia bureau reporter
  • Dick Batchelor - political analyst
  • Michelle Ertel - political analyst
  • Lou Frey - political analyst
  • Jeremiah Jaspon - political analyst
  • Mark NeJame - legal analyst
  • Dr. Randy Shuck - health expert

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Vinnie Politan - anchor/reporter (now at WXIA in Atlanta)
  • Jessica Yellin - anchor/reporter (now national political correspondent at CNN)
  • Scott Harris - Senior anchor (fill-in and special events; deceased in 2011)
  • Rod Johnson - Anchor/reporter (1997-2004);now with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)
  • Chris Martinez - reporter (2000-2003); now at WBBM-TV, the CBS O&O in Chicago
  • Wendy Allen - morning anchor (2004 - 2007) (now a PhD and professor at UF)
  • Bianca Barr, reporter (2002-2004) - now works in promotions for Penn State Public Broadcasting
  • Shannon Butler - anchor/reporter (?- 2004) (now a general assignment reporter at WOFL-TV Orlando, FL area FOX affiliate)
  • Lisa Bell - Former "Your Morning News" anchor,( now reporter and fill-in-anchor at WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL area CBS affiliate)
  • Julie Broughton -Meteorologist/special assignment reporter, (now weekend morning meteorologist at WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL area CBS affiliate)
  • Peter Caggiano - meteorlogist, now with KITV-TV in Honolulu, HI area ABC affiliate
  • Karen Castillo, general assignment reporter/fill-in anchor (2003-2007)
  • Denise Cullen, sports anchor/reporter (?-2006) - now does PR for Orlando Predators
  • Rob Eicher, meteorologist (2004-2007) - now weekend meteorologist at WOFL in Orlando
  • Jacqueline Fell - (2009-2014) now Washington Correspondent at Cox Media Group
  • Nancy Gay, health reporter (?-2007) now with the American Heart Association
  • Janelle Jordan - Anchor/reporter (2009-2012)
  • Julie Kim, reporter (?-?) - now a general assignment reporter at WTXF
  • Adam Longo - Anchor/reporter (2007-2012), now with KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona area
  • Jason Maderer, sports director (?-2005) - now works for Central Florida Sports Commission
  • Paul Milliken, general assignment reporter (2005 - 2007) - now weather forecaster at WRIC-TV in Richmond
  • Ted Noah - Traffic Anchor/Reporter, now app/radio traffic reporter at Tele-Traffic and Actor at Universal Studios
  • Laura Noland - morning anchor (2002 - 2006)
  • Patrick Pegues, reporter (?-?) - was also a general assignment reporter at WOFL until 2012
  • Silke Rible - reporter (?-?) (now an anchor at WWSB-TV, Sarasota, FL area ABC affiliate)
  • Ed Torrance - traffic reporter
  • Danny Treanor - Meteorologist (2004-2014) retired from full-time broadcasting, freelancing part-time for WKMG-TV the area's CBS affiliate
  • Ali Turiano - Meteorologist (2008-2014); now at KDFW-TV, the FOX affiliate in Dallas, Texas
  • David Waters, Brevard County reporter (1997-January 2008) - worked for the United Space Alliance, but has since launched his own video production company that predominately works with CCTV-America.

Affiliated channels[edit]

Central Florida News 13 en Español[edit]

Further information: InfoMás

On March 11, 2011, Bright House Networks announced that it would merge Central Florida News 13 and Bay News 9's respective Spanish-language news channels into a single regional channel, InfoMás.[4][5] The regional network was launched on July 12, 2011.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bright House Networks ad in St. Petersburg Times, November 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Central Florida News 13 goes HD…". Florida NewsCenter. November 1, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Our People
  4. ^ "Bright House Networks to merge Tampa Bay and Orlando Spanish language newschannels into InfoMás". St. Petersburg Times. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "En la TV: Bright House Networks To Launch InfoMás". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bright House Networks to launch super regional Spanish network". Bay News 9. March 9, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 

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