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Former Survivor Contestant Jeff Varner Out at WNCT

varner wnctWNCT has confirmed with TVSpy, Jeff Varner no longer works at the Greenville, N.C. CBS affiliate.

The former contestant on “Survivor: The Australian Outback” worked as a reporter at WPIX in New York before coming to WNCT in 2012 to work as an anchor. He’s also worked at WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich., WGHP in Greensboro and KCBS in Los Angeles.

Before working in local news, he was an entertainment reporter who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Xtra. he has also been a featured correspondent on E! News and the TV Guide Network.

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Jerry Jackson to Join WNCT as Chief Meteorologist

j_jackson160Jerry Jackson is joining Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate WNCT as chief meteorologist.

Jackson is the chief meteorologist at WWAY in Wilmington, NC. He has worked at the station for 16 years.

StarNews online reports his last day at WWAY will be next Friday.

Jackson said he and his wife, who has accepted her own position as a biology instructor at a nearby university, have been talking about moving closer to where they grew up for a while. But the decision to leave WWAY is not something he took lightly.

“I have been established here for a long time, and the viewers and the station have been very supportive of me,” Jackson said. “So it was a difficult decision to make, but the timing was right and the opportunity was a good fit for us.”

WNCT Adds Stephanie Shultz as News Director

wnct_logo_304Stephanie Shultz has been named news director of Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate WNCT.

Shultz fills the empty slot left by Ingrid Johansen‘s departure in March. It’s a move within Media General for Shultz, who is currently executive producer at WSLS in Roanoke, VA.

WNCT VP & GM Vickie Jones confirmed with TVSpy, Schultz starts next Monday.

Ingrid Johansen Out as WNCT News Director

wnct_logo_304Ingrid Johansen is no longer the news director for Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate WNCT.

A WNCT spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, Johansen was no longer with the station.

Before coming to WNCT in October 2012, Johansen managed Frank Palombo’s run for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. She had also worked for Greenville’s WCTI as news director.

WNCT Adds Angela Green as Anchor

green_wnct_croppedWNCT has announced the addition of Angela Green as anchor for the Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate.

Green will co-anchor with Jeff Varner on the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“We’re thrilled to have Angela joining the 9 On Your Side News team,” said news director Ingrid Johansen in a statement. “She brings her experience, dedication and passion to the News Desk.”

Green comes to WNCT from Pioneer Electric Cooperative where she was communications manager. She has also worked at WAKA in Montgomery, AL, and WVTM in Birmingham, AL.

Amanda Goodman Joins KWWL From WNCT

Amanda Goodman is joining KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, as co-anchor of the evening newscasts.

Goodman comes from Greenville, N.C., where she co-anchors the evening newscasts at CBS affiliate WNCT. She replaces Tara Thomas, who is leaving KWWL for a job with the local school district.

“It’s not an easy position to fill,” KWWL news director Dan Schillinger said in a statement. “But Amanda has the skills and the qualities we look for in a lead anchor. Her style and stories fit well with what we do here.”

Goodman begins at KWWL on July 8 and will anchor the evening newscasts beginning July 31. The official announcement from KWWL is after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Dontae Jones Joins WNCT

Meteorologist Dontae Jones is joining WNCT, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, N.C. Jones will appear on the morning and noon newscasts.

Jones, a graduate of Ohio State University, joins WNCT from The Ohio News Network, where he was the weekend morning meteorologist.

“We are thrilled to have Dontae joining the 9 On Your Side team, bringing his weather knowledge and engaging personality to our viewers across Eastern North Carolina,” news director Ingrid Johansen said in a statement.

Anchor Ryan Peterson Set to Join WNCT

Ryan Peterson is joining WNCT, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Greenville, N.C.

Peterson will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on WNCT and the 10 p.m. newscast on a CW-affiliated digital subchannel. Jeff Varner and Amanda Goodman will continue to anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“We are very fortunate to have Ryan joining the 9 On Your Side team.  His extensive journalism experience will be a compliment to our team,” news director Ingrid Johansen said in a statement.

Peterson joins the station from New York, where he has worked for YNN, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour local news network, since 2002.

Ingrid Johansen Named News Director at WNCT

Ingrid Johansen has joined WNCT, the CBS affiliate for Greenville, NC, as news director.

Johansen, who had been out of TV for four years, last managed the congressional campaign for Frank Palombo, who lost his bid to represent North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to challenger Walter Jones, Jr. in that race’s primary.

Previously, Johansen was news director at Greenville’s ABC affiliate WCTI.

>Update: WNCT vice president and general manager Vickie Jones told TVSpy, “Ingrid has television news management experience, local market knowledge, and a passion for news… All attributes that make her uniquely qualified to lead the best television news team in Eastern North Carolina!”

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Gray Names New GMs in Lexington and Greenville: Mossman to WKYT, Gentner Promoted at WITN

After five years as general manager of WITN in Greenville, Chris Mossman will move within Gray Television to take over as GM of WKYT in Lexington.

Mossman will also serve as regional vice president of Gray’s Kentucky and Tennesse stations, which include WBKO in Bowling Green, WYMT in Hazard and WVLT in Knoxville.

Mark Gentner, who has been general sales manager at WITN since 2007, will be promoted to general manager at the NBC affiliate. In his new role, he will oversee the final stages of construction on WITN’s new studio building in Greenville, N.C. Read more

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