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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.

Meteorologist Tera Blake Joins WEWS

tera blakeMeteorologist Tera Blake has joined WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Blake, who made her debut today, will be the station’s morning meteorologist.

Blake comes from Charlotte, where she has been the morning meteorologist at CW affiliate WCCB since 2007. Before that, she was a meteorologist at KTEN, the NBC affiliate serving Sherman, Texas. She interned at WGN in Chicago and WTVO in Rockford, Ill. while getting her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Charlotte Station to Expand News on Digital Subchannel

WBTVCharlotte CBS affiliate WBTV is adding to its morning and evening newscasts on its digital subchannel.

The Charlotte Observer reports the morning news will begin airing from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the digital channel showing the Bounce network. The station will also add an hour of news at 8:00 p.m.

WBTV news director Dennis Milligan told the Observer. “It will generate some income, or we wouldn’t be doing it.”

The extended morning news will feature the anchors from WBTV’s 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. No anchor has been named for the 8:00 p.m. news.

Archith Seshadri Signs Off From WJBF

After three years at WJBF in Augusta, Archith Seshadri is leaving the station to join WJZY-WMYT in Charlotte.

Seshadri joined WJBF in 2010 as a digital journalist and fill-in anchor. He became the station’s weekend morning anchor in 2012.

“It’s gone by fast, and it certainly is bittersweet. I certainly will miss everybody,” Seshadri said on his last newscast (video above). “Thank you for letting me be part of this community, embracing me. I’m so grateful.”

Charlotte FOX Station Adds Houston Reporter as Assistant ND

hibbert_croppedKRIV reporter and anchor Ned Hibberd is leaving the Houston FOX owned station after being promoted to assistant news director at FOX’s Charlotte, NC, station WJZY.

“Ned has been an integral part of our news team over the last 23 years,” D’Artagnan Bebel, VP and general manager of KRIV said in a statement. “He is an accomplished storyteller, whose keen insight into emerging technologies and unique news style will be missed. We wish him well in his new position.”

Hibberd, who has worked at KRIV since 1990, will start at WJZY on December 2. His last day at KRIV will be November 24.

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