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Charleston, SC

Sinclair Intends to Pull the Plug on Three ABC Affiliates As Part of Allbritton Deal

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has told the FCC it intends to surrender the licenses of the ABC affiliates in Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL, because of the FCC’s recent restrictions on joint sales agreements.

Sinclair intends to surrender the licenses of WCFT and WJSU in Birmingham and ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston. The three stations are currently owned by Allbritton.

Sinclair has been trying to sell the licenses to comply with the FCC’s ruling against joint sales agreements.

According to the filing, Sinclair wants to move the ABC programming and syndicated shows of the stations to its MyNetworkTV affiliates WABM in Birmingham and WMMP in Charleston. Read more

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Media General Names Don Pratt GM of WCBD

pratt wcbdMedia General has named Don Pratt VP and GM of Charleston, S.C., NBC affiliate WCBD.

This is a return to Charleston for Pratt who was news director of CBS affiliate WCSC from 2001-2005.

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcast leader to WCBD,” Bob Peterson, VP of broadcast markets for Media General said in a statement. “Don understands the Charleston market from a news perspective and what drives its audience.”

Pratt comes to WCBD from Sinclair owned KBOI-KYUU in Boise, ID, where he was VP and GM. Before that he was news director of KATU in Portland, OR, for six years. He has also worked at WHDH in Boston, WCSC in Charleston, and KGO in San Francisco.

WCSC Interviews Student Who Was Kneed in the Groin by Jim Cantore: ‘He Got Me Good’

jim cantore charleston incidentWhat’s it like to get kneed in the groin by Jim Cantore on live television? Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC talks to Colin Marcelli, the college student who knows the answer to that question after he charged Cantore during a live shot this week.

“He probably thought I was trying to tackle him or something, but really I was just trying to run into the frame,” Marcelli said. “He just put up a swift knee to try and defend himself. He got me good.”

Marcelli called the incident his “15 minutes of fame” and said he would “100 percent do it again.” Watch Marcelli’s interview here.

Bill Burr Joins WCIV in Charleston

bill burrBill Burr is joining WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., as a general assignment reporter. The Moultrie News reports he will appear on the 6 and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts.

“We are thrilled to have Bill join the ABC News 4 family,” WCIV general manager Suzanne Teagle said in a statement. “He’s a familiar face around Charleston. He knows the community, and he has a great work ethic. He’ll bring our viewers the stories that matter.”

Burr was the morning anchor at rival WCSC, the CBS affiliate, for seven years before signing off in 2012. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. and WBTW in Myrtle Beach.

Former WACH Anchor Not Happy About Station Hiring Beauty Queen as Anchor

boyce_croppedMike Woolfolk, a former anchor for Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate WACH, had some things to say about his old station’s hiring of a former beauty queen with no formal journalism experience.

Woolfolk, who was an anchor at WACH from 1996 until 2010, wrote a response to an article in local weekly paper Free Times titled “The Camera Loves Her” which talks about the station hiring Bree Boyce as co-anchor of the 10:00 p.m. news.

“I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day,” Woolfolk said on his blog.

“Students, forget about all that crap your college professors and other professionals who visited your classes told you about “paying your dues” or “having to cut your teeth in Podunkville, USA” before you get the chance to anchor a newscast in a place like Columbia, or better.  Don’t worry about learning the craft or gaining experience.  Just go out and do something that garners you major attention because those are the people television station general managers favor for anchor slots— one of the most high profile and significantly important jobs in the newsroom– over formally trained and experienced journalists.” Read more

WCIV Sports Anchor Charged with DUI

nugent_nottedWCIVJohn Nugent, sports anchor for Charleston, SC, ABC affiliate WCIV, was arrested and charged with DUI Sunday night.

Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC reports Mt. Pleasant police pulled Nugent over after seeing his car hit the center median. He was given a field sobriety test after Police say he exhibited slurred speech, glassy eyes and was slow to respond to questions and instructions.

Charleston’s The Post and Courier reports Nugent’s license was suspended after he declined a blood alcohol test.

WCSC reports a judge has set Nugent’s bond at $1,000.

TVSpy has contacted WCIV for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Morning Anchor Bill Burr Out at WCSC

Morning anchor Bill Burr signed off from WCSC this morning after seven years at the Charleston CBS-affiliate. Burr revealed on Twitter that his contract was not renewed.

“Thanks to everyone for your kind words and well wishes,” he wrote after his final broadcast. “I’m humbled by your compliments.”

Prior to joining WCSC, Burr worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro and WBTW in Myrtle Beach. [h/t NewsBlues]

WCCB-TV News Director Faces Shoplifting Charges

WCCB-TV (Fox Charlotte, channel 18) news director, Ken White, faces three new shoplifting charges. The three misdemeanor larceny counts were filed Wednesday.

The news director since 1999 was first arrested Sunday morning after being accused of taking $79.24 worth of groceries from a local store. The items — potato chips, Deer Park bottled water, apples, and Cokes — were for White’s remote crew at the Panthers game. The order was usually covered with the station’s credit card.

White has been spotted taking items from the store without paying three times between Dec. 10-17, according to Police.

The WCCB-TV news director posted $600 bond on the new charges Wednesday afternoon and was released. A court date has been set for Feb. 2.