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Miller most recently worked at WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, as a weekend news and sports anchor. She left in May after two years with the station.
Himes joins WGHP from WREG, Local TV’s CBS affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., where he was station manager since 2011 and general sales manager since 2007.
“Jim is one of a kind,” Local TV CEO Bobby Lawrence said in a statement. “The enthusiasm and commitment he brings to this business is unrivaled. We’ll certainly miss him in Memphis, but he’s a great fit for WGHP. We couldn’t be happier for him.”
Corley was general manager of the Winston-Salem NBC affiliate from 1979 to 1999. He worked in television for more than four decades. He was also a member of 40 boards of directors, working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill, according to WXII.
“Those of you who knew Rennie remember him as a true gentleman and a leader who cared very much about both the WXII staff and the greater community. He was a dear friend of many,” WXII GM Hank Price said in a statement.
“Julie has the beauty, brains and genuine charm that could have gotten her into much larger TV markets,” Karen Koutsky, vice president of News for WGHP, said in a statement. “We know viewers are going to love her.”
Grant comes to WGHP from Pittsburgh, where she was an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County. Before that she was a morning anchor and a reporter for WTOV in Steubenville, OH. She replaces Katie Nordeen who moved to evenings in January. Her first day will be Monday, June 10.
The Greensboro, NC, CBS affiliate recently replaced the residents of Mayberry with a new investigative news show hosted by anchor Tanya Rivera called “2 Wants to Know” and moved Griffith to an hour block starting at 3:00 p.m. According to the station, the “Andy Griffith Show” has been on WFMY since it premiered on CBS in 1960 and has been at the 5:30 slot for almost three decades.
The station announced the change on its facebook page in March. Over two hundred viewers responded to the announcement. Many of those comments were from viewers letting the station know they were unhappy with the switch, “We’ve seen how they value Andy Griffith viewers, now let’s show how much we value News2. NIP IT IN THE BUD starting now: watch ANYTHING at 5:30 but 2 Wants To Know, find another local station for your news and unlike this Facebook page (you can still access it regardless of like/unlike).” Read more
“Julie Luck is beloved here, a wonderful person, a hugely popular personality and focused journalist,” said WFMY president and general manager Larry Audas. “WFMY News 2 went from very good to great when she walked in the door.”
Luck will replace Tanya Rivera who will launch “2 Wants to Know,” a daily show airing at 5:30 p.m. the station says “will solve viewer problems, get answers and genuinely help people in these tough times.”
Luck’s first day of anchoring the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news will be Thursday, April 25. Read more
Lockwood Broadcast Group is acquiring WCWG, the CW affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., from Titan Broadcasting.
“We are excited to own a station in the Greensboro DMA, and feel WCWG is a perfect fit for Lockwood Broadcasting,” president Dave Hanna said in a statement. “Growth is our mode — we’ve now doubled in size since 2011 — and we will continue to seek out and acquire television properties that complement our business.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is pending FCC approval and is expected to close later this year.
Last week, former NBC News correspondent Ed Rabel excoriated local news, saying the industry is “populated by bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings.” WXII president and general manager Hank Price disagrees, making the case in TVNewsCheck that “leading stations with strong newscasts find themselves offering more services to more people than ever before”:
With the unfortunate weakening of local newspapers, television news has also taken the lead in “accountability journalism,” the investigative, political and consumer journalism that holds government, institutions and businesses accountable to the public.
Perhaps most important, the people who work at television stations live in and are part of their communities.
That sense of community is the reason … North Carolina’s television and radio stations, working together in our state association, the NCAB, [last year] decided to create the largest Vietnam veterans’ “welcome home” celebration ever held.
More than 70,000 people attended. Every television news station in North Carolina produced stories leading up to the event. Stations donated more than $1.5 million in public service announcements, and they jointly aired the event live, all at no charge and with no advertising. No other medium could have pulled it off.
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