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Hugh Smith, former WTVT-TV (Tampa, FL) Anchor
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Rob Cibik
2007-12-17 15:57:03 UTC
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Ex-WTVT Anchor Smith Dies

By Walt Belcher
The Tampa Tribune

December 17, 2007


TAMPA - Longtime WTVT anchorman Hugh Smith died Sunday at Palms of
Pasadena Hospital of cancer. He was 73.

The pioneering local newsman worked at Channel 13 for 28 years, and
while there he anchored Tampa's first color broadcast of a newscast in
1966.

In 1976, he did Tampa's first live remote shot, reporting from a
helicopter hovering over town. He also was instrumental in expanding
WTVT's newcasts from 15-minute reports to 30 minutes and eventually to
60 minutes.

Smith left WTVT in 1991 after an arrest on a charge of soliciting sex
from prostitutes. It was his second arrest on the same charge, with
the first coming nearly 10 years earlier.

"It was a mistake for which he paid dearly," says former WTVT news
director Jim West. "It's a shame that it has to be brought up now
because he should be remembered for the good that he did."

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Former WTVT anchor Hugh Smith passes

WTVT-TV (Tampa, FL)
17 Dec 2007


TAMPA - No one stood taller in local broadcast journalism than Hugh
Smith. He was known as the Bay Area's most trusted newsman right up
until his death on Sunday at the age of 73.

"[He] was really a man of record for the city and many people
including public officials looked at him that way, and he well
deserved it," recalled former WTVT chief meteorologist Roy Leep.

A generation of Tampa Bay viewers came to know Hugh as an anchor,
reporter, managing editor, and news director for Channel 13.

"He set the tone for decades for Channel 13 for what quality
journalism should be. He maintained high standards," offered former
anchor and news director Jim West.

Hugh wrote and delivered the news in a no-nonsense style with his
distinctive methodical baritone voice, and was always a serious
journalist in the studio, in the field, and in the sky.

"When he walked into the door of this station, when he was on duty, he
was all business. He was the public's advocate in every way," said
WTVT operations manager Jule McGee.

From 1963 to 1991, Hugh dedicated his life to fair and unbiased
reporting in Tampa Bay and Florida.

Hugh had a particular passion for covering education and politics.

"Always the professional man, and it came through, and people trusted
him because his word was final and truth in most cases," said Leep.

Hugh Smith's departure from television news was sudden and swift in
1991, following his second arrest for soliciting a prostitute. He was
dismissed from Channel 13.

Hugh, always a staunch advocate for the truth, would be angry if we
didn't include this fact in a retrospective of his life.

Still, Hugh Smith will forever be remembered as a sterling broadcast
journalist.

"The most dedicated reporter that I've ever worked with," offered
McGee.

"Hugh Smith, to me, was a mentor," West said.

"It's a real shock to lose Hugh," Leep added.


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Tim J.
2007-12-17 18:03:50 UTC
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On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 07:57:03 -0800 (PST), Rob Cibik
Post by Rob Cibik
Smith left WTVT in 1991 after an arrest on a charge of soliciting sex
from prostitutes. It was his second arrest on the same charge, with
the first coming nearly 10 years earlier.
I lived in that area at the time. IIRC, the "prostitute" was around
16 years old.
Brad Ferguson
2007-12-17 21:00:18 UTC
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In article
Post by Rob Cibik
In 1976, he did Tampa's first live remote shot, reporting from a
helicopter hovering over town.
It took them until 1976 to do a live remote? Sheesh. Who was covering
the studio? Murray, or Sue Ann?
Constant Irritant
2007-12-18 22:53:40 UTC
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I lived in the area from 68-81. Hugh Smith was like the local Walter
Cronkite to me.

Didn't he have a skydiving accident awhile back? Or am I thinking of
some other Tampa Bay area news reporter?

CI
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2017-09-29 22:16:26 UTC
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Arch deal was the one with the parachute malfinction

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