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Melanie Sanders Leaves WNCN

Melanie-SandersMelanie Sanders, an evening anchor at NBC affiliate WNCN, has decided to leave the Raleigh- Durham station.

FTVLive reports Sanders was demoted after the station gave three other evening co-anchor spots to Sharon Tazewell. Sanders and Pam Saulsby, who was recently fired, had previously held those positions. Sanders claims she was up for all three anchor spots, but the station gave her a low-ball offer and she declined.

Sanders writes on her Facebook page:

So many wonderful memories! After 11 years at WNCN, this Friday I will say goodbye. I will forever be grateful for the lifelong friends I have made here and the amazing experiences. Covering the Stanley Cup Championship, allowing Howard Stern to humiliate me by making me sing “Row Row Row Your Boat, and just the day to day newsroom chatter…I will cherish it all.  But when I was offered a contract to anchor the three evening newscasts, I decided the terms were not attractive enough for me to be away from my family every evening. So I’m looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life. I’ll keep you posted.

Sanders’ last day is Friday.

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WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Leaves Anchor Desk: ‘My Ship Has Sailed’

Picture 1Sloane Heffernan, weekend morning anchor at Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL, has set the alarm for 3:15 for the last time. “I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me,” she said. “And my family would pay the price. I’d be the first to admit that I am not very “pleasant” when I am tired.”

Heffernan says missing time with her school-age children led her to ask her news director for a new assignment: part-time reporter:

The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.

But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they’ll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.

So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.

In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet.

My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what’s waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.

WTVD Kept Away from NFL Commissioner During Visit to Local High School

Mark Armstrong, sports director for ABC owned Raleigh-Durham, N.C. station WTVD, tried to get close to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today while the commissioner was visiting a local high school.

As Deadspin first reported, the story of what happened next played out in three tweets.

Armstrong clarified not all media was shooed away from Goodell. “It turns out that the local CBS affiliate’s prep sports web reporter was allowed to attend as well as a columnist, Luke DeCock, from the Raleigh News and Observer.” Read more

Sharon Tazewell Named Evening Anchor at WNCN

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 9.42.46 AMA month after anchor Pam Saulsby announced she’d been fired after twenty years at Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate WNCN, the station has named Sharon Tazewell its new evening co-anchor, debuting Monday night alongside Mike Gonzalez.

“Thank you to all my morning viewers,” Tazewell wrote on Facebook. “It’s been a great run!”

Tazewell had been morning anchor at WNCN. A replacement on the morning team has not been named.

Pam Saulsby Out at WNCN

WNCN anchor Pam Saulsby says she’s been fired from the Raleigh-Durham, NC, NBC affiliate.

WNCN GM Douglas Hamilton confirmed with TVSpy, Saulsby no longer worked at the station.

“We wish her wonderfully well,” WNCN news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor told the News & Observer. “I honor and respect her and appreciate all she has done in the community.”

Saulsby worked at Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate WRAL for 20 years before coming to WNCN in September 2012.

Former WRAL Reporter Fred Taylor Dies

taylor wral_obitFred Taylor, a former reporter and anchor for Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate WRAL has died.

“This is truly a sad day for us here,” said WRAL news director Rick Gall. “We lost a longtime member of the WRAL family. Fred was more than just a dedicated employee. It was a privilege to work alongside him, and we’ll miss him.”

According to the station, Taylor held many roles at the station during his 36 years there.

Taylor was 73.

Raleigh Station Unveils Its Sand Desk

Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate WRAL has a warm weather answer to the ice desk it built this winter. Meet the WRAL Sand Desk.

“Why stay inside on these great summer days when we can be outside and still bring you the news and weather? ” the station writes on its website. “That’s where the WRAL Sand Desk comes in. It’s a news desk made completely out of sand!”

The station promises to use the set over the next few weeks and said it took two days and six tons of sand to build what they’re calling the “piece of functional art.”

The desk even has its own facebook page and twitter handle.

Kathryn Brown Leaves WCBS for WRAL

KathrynBrownKathryn Brown is leaving New York’s WCBS and joining WRAL where she has been named weekend anchor. Brown joins in late August and will take over for Renee Chou who moved to the morning show. The move to Raleigh will put Brown and her husband, Scott, who works for WABC-TV, closer to family in Atlanta. Before WCBS, Brown worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and at WSET-TV in Roanoke.

Lynda Loveland Returns to WRAL TV

loveland wralWRAL has announced Lynda Loveland is back at the Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate.

Loveland left WRAL after 10 years to work in radio. The station said she was ready to return after five years as a morning drive co-host on its radio sister station WRAL-FM.

She will co-anchor WRAL News on FOX affiliate WRAZ weekday mornings and fill-in anchor on WRAL.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming back to WRAL-TV!” Loveland said in a statement. “Not only is the name synonymous with news excellence, but for me, it also stands for family. I can’t wait to get back in the newsroom Friday morning.”

#WelcomeHomeLynda generated nearly 260,000 impressions on twitter after WRAL news director Rick Gall first tweeted about the move.

WTVD Announces New Head of Creative Services and Programming

Wtvd_durhamAdam Frary has been named director of Creative Services and Local Programming for Raleigh-Durham ABC owned station WTVD.

Frary will lead the station’s branding, promotion, graphics and local production.

”Adam’s expertise in promoting local stations and proven track record in connecting with viewers will serve us well,” Caroline Welch, president and GM of WTVD, said in a statement.

Frary comes to WTVD from WAVE in Louisville, KY where he was marketing director. He has also worked at WFIE in Evansville, IN, WSFA in Montgomery, AL. He started his career in Evansville, IN, at WEVV.

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