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Mother of Murder Suspect Attacks Charlotte News Crews

Reporters and photographers gathered for the first appearance in court of a murder suspect Monday were attacked by the mother of the suspect. WBTV reporter Steve Ohnesorge tweeted a photo of his face, with a bloody injury beneath his eye: Read more

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Reporter Explores the Curative Properties of Smelling Farts

Last week, WJZY reporter Jon Dick took a look at a study that claims smelling farts can cure cancer.

During the story, the reporter for the FOX owned station in Charlotte, NC, faux farted into a wine glass then smelled it.

“I think this might be…” Dick wrote on his facebook page. “The best thing I’ve ever done.”

While TVSpy likes a fart joke as much as the next blogger, We want to know what you think. Watch the story, then post your response on our facebook page.

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Charlotte Anchors Bare It All on Camera to Make a Point

WJZY anchor Barbara Lash took it all off for the cameras Monday night.

The Charlotte FOX owned station aired a newsroom discussion on whether it was OK for women to go without make up. The talk was inspired by Colbie Caillat‘s song “Try” featuring the lyrics, “Take your makeup off/ Let your hair down/ Take a breath/ Look into the mirror at yourself/ Don’t you like you?/ Cause I like you,”

Joined by chief meteorologist Rob Eicher, Lash removed her make up telling viewers the whole point was to see if she had the courage to do so. She wrote about it on the station website.

In the mornings I do; especially when I’m taking my daughter to daycare, my face is bare. But one day I had on a Fox46 shirt and one of my daughter’s teachers asked about what I do for a living. Eventually she said, “Oh! You’re the lady I saw on the news the other night!?!” Instantly, I felt like makeup was a necessity.

This video challenged me to consciously “try” to be me, naturally. Doing it on air, even for part of the show….let’s just say….I’ve learned self-acceptance is sometimes a choice.

Blake Hanson Joins WSOC From WDSU

After two years at WDSU, Blake Hanson is leaving New Orleans for Charlotte. He announced the news on Twitter:

Hanson is a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast at WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

Page Crawford Signs Off From WNCN

After seven years at WNCN, Page Crawford signed off from the Goldsboro, N.C. NBC affiliate this morning. Crawford said she is heading to Charlotte, where she will anchor mornings at Fox’s WJZY-WMYT.

“It’s a wonderful place. I’m going to miss you all,” Crawford said. “And I really want to say thank you too to all of our viewers, all of you who watch, because it really is a privilege to come into your homes every day.” Watch:

WBTV Cancels ‘Carolina Camera’

carolina cameraCharlotte CBS affiliate WBTV has canceled primetime series “Carolina Camera,” the Charlotte Observer reports:

WBTV (Channel 3), which reincarnated its traveling feature program four years ago and made it into a monthly prime-time series hosted by morning anchors John Carter and Christine Nelson and produced by Kevin Marlow, is canceling it.

It was doing well, says news director Dennis Milligan, but the station has decided to use the people who worked on the show on other things. No jobs are being cut, he says.

“We can use that manpower for better and stronger news in other time periods,” he says. Carter and Nelson have already expanded their morning duties by doing a two-hour newscast from 7 to 9 a.m. on WBTV’s subchannel 3.2, which carries the Bounce channel.

Deborah Collura Named GM of WCNC

wcnc setDeborah Collura has been named general manager of WCNC, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte. She will begin in her new role on June 2.

“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”

Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.

WCNC’s previous general manager, Tim Morrisey, left after the station was acquired by Gannett.

North Carolina Law Enforcement Enlists WSOC Chopper in Manhunt

wsoc manhuntWSOC‘s helicopter was enlisted for help finding a man suspected of killing of his father, stepmother and a U.S. Forest Service officer in Burke County, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reports:

Hickory-based reporter Dave Faherty was following the search in a rugged area of the foothills when authorities asked for assistance from Chopper 9 overhead. “They asked us for help because they couldn’t locate the suspect,” says news director Julie Szulczewski. “We wanted to help them because it was a public safety threat.”

Andy Holt, who has been flying Chopper 9 for nearly two decades, was focusing on officers in the woods when he got the call. He landed nearby and two Burke deputies climbed aboard his six-seat helicopter. An officer on the ground reached the slain Forest Service officer and signaled his position to the helicopter with a strobe flashlight, allowing deputies to direct others to the scene. After about 30 minutes, the State Highway Patrol helicopter arrived to continue the search for the suspect, who was ultimately killed.

“Over the years, we have helped out law enforcement as needed,” says Holt, who flew H-53 Sea Dragons while he was in the Navy.

Wrestling Legend Ends FOX Carolina Interview with a Kiss

WHNS reporter Joe Gagnon was live in Spartanburg reporting on an event featuring some famous wrestlers from years gone by.

The reporter for the Greenville, SC, FOX affiliate had “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant on to talk about the shindig. But after telling everyone about the show, Valiant got a little intimate with Gagnon.

“Hey! Let’s share a bikini tonight,” said Valiant. “You wear the top piece and I’ll wear the bottom piece. How about that?”

“Just another Friday night for me.” replied Gagnon.

Valiant then burst into song and topped it all off with a full on wrestler to reporter mouth kiss. Happy Tuesday, everybody.

Nate Stewart Out at WSOC

stewart_wsocTVSpy has confirmed reporter Nate Stewart is no longer with WSOC, the Charlotte, NC, ABC affiliate.

A station spokesperson wouldn’t comment on why he left, but said Stewart’s last day was Wednesday.

Stewart started at WSOC in April 2013. Before coming to Charlotte, he worked at WLTX in Columbia, SC. He started his career with WCBD in Charleston, SC.

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