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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.

VIDEO: WSOC Reporter Nearly Hit By Bus During Live Shot

wsoc busWSOC reporter Dave Faherty had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit by a bus during a recent live shot (video after the jump).

During his coverage Billy Graham‘s 95th birthday party for the ABC Charlotte affiliate, a bus backed straight into the spot where Faherty was standing. To his credit, he continued his live shot mostly uninterrupted, moving quickly to a safer spot while he kept reporting. “This bus and others like it have been busing people in because there are so many people showing up for the event tonight, upwards of 800,” Faherty said.

Watch after the jump. Read more

Mike Leslie Joins Charlotte’s WJZY

mike_leslie_whdhMike Leslie has joined Charlotte FOX owned station WJZY as sports anchor and reporter.

“I spent a few months in Boston freelancing, getting a taste of a “big-market” environment,” said Leslie. “Now I get to come down to Charlotte and be a part of a station starting from the ground up. It’s apparent, just a couple days in, that Fox does things the “right way.”

Leslie came to WJZY from WHDH in Boston. He started his career at WGGB in Springfield, MA.

WCCB Turns to Sports After Switch to CW

WCCB_CW_logoWCCB, the Charlotte station that lost its FOX affiliation in July, may be looking to local sports teams to help it carve out an identity, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

The CW affiliate’s general manager Jim White told the CBJ the station is currently in talks with the Charlotte Knights but hasn’t reached an agreement to air the minor league team’s games. The Triple-A team for the MLB’s Chicago White Sox will move into a new stadium next season.

The station hopes to carve out a new identity, in part, by aligning with local sports teams. WCCB started a three-year contract in August to show the home games of the new UNC Charlotte football team. To date, the 49ers games have generated ratings and audiences three to four times larger than what the station anticipated, White says.

White said WCCB would like to air a limited schedule of marquee Knights’ games.

The Bahakel owned WCCB lost its FOX affiliation after FOX made its newly acquired station WJZY one of its O&O’s.

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Charlotte Anchor to Make Comeback at 91

mayes_observerSixty one years after launching the WBTV news, 91-year-old Doug Mayes will take another turn as anchor for the Charlotte, NC, CBS affiliate.

Mayes will sit in for the vacationing Paul Cameron on tonight’s 11pm news.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Cameron posted a picture of the two of them at lunch on his station facebook page. WBTV news director Dennis Milligan said the post got tens of thousands of hits, so WBTV asked Mayes to sit-in for a show.

“It took him about a minute of reading to get used to it,” says Milligan. “You could tell when the old news guy kicked in, kaboom. He had full command.”

Mayes also sat in on the station’s news meeting, where the police shooting of an unarmed man was the key topic.

“He knew every detail,” says Molly Grantham, who will be his co-anchor Friday night. “He had great questions to ask. He was still the newsman, even at 91. That was when I was sure this is such a great idea.”

Mayes started as “Your Esso Reporter” on WBTV in 1952. He stayed at the station until the 1980s when he moved over to rival ABC affiliate WSOC He retired from the anchor desk in 1988, but continued to do special reports for WSOC.

Morgan Fogarty on Returning to WCCB: ‘You have to go with your gut even if it’s scary’

Morgan Fogarty, who rejoined WCCB last week just three weeks after the launch of Al Jazeera America, talks to the Charlotte Observer about what led to her quick decision to return to local television:

“I think for a lot of television people, there’s always that itch you want to scratch about life beyond local TV. And I scratched it,” Fogarty says. “I really missed Charlotte. My husband really missed Charlotte. We adored it here. That feeling really hit home when we weren’t here. You don’t realize what you don’t have until you don’t have it any more.”

It wasn’t long after getting to New York and seeing what the lifestyle and commute would be like, Fogarty says, she realized it just wasn’t for her. Al Jazeera was a remarkable place to work and its staff was excellent, she says, but she and her husband wanted to come back. Read more

Three Weeks After Al Jazeera America’s Launch, Morgan Fogarty Rejoins WCCB

Just two months after the announcement of her hire at Al Jazeera America, Morgan Fogarty is returning to WCCB in Charlotte.

“Fogarty said the idea of going to New York seemed like the right thing to do but she came to the decision with her husband, Jeremy, to return to Charlotte,” WCCB said in a statement. “She is excited to re-unite with her colleagues at WCCB.”

Fogarty was a New York City based anchor for Al Jazeera America, which launched August 20. She returns to the CW affiliate in her old role as co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast, alongside Christine Noel and Kirk Hawkins.

Caroline Vandergriff Talks About Coming Back After Being Hit By Car

Caroline Vandergriff, the News 14 Carolina reporter who was hit by a car in January while covering a story, recently sat down on set to talk to morning anchor Rob Boisvert about the accident and her road back to reporting.

Vandergriff says she had been working at the station for about six weeks when she was hit by a car while grabbing some footage of power lines downed during a rain storm.

“Basically the part that was the most severe was with brain injuries you never know how its going to go,” Vandergriff told Boisvert after he asked how badly she was injured. “That first 48 hours things can go south pretty quickly. So my parents in Texas, they got the phone call that the neurologist wasn’t sure if I would make it through the night.” Read more

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