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WJCL Adds News at 5:00 and 5:30 PM

WJCL_LES ON SETSavannah ABC affiliate WJCL is expanding its evening news with a 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscast.

“After relaunching and rebranding ourselves last fall, we thought that this spring was a critical moment to expand our commitment to this community and provide our viewers another option for local news,” WJCL-WTGS president and GM Les Vann said in a statement.

The new show will be anchored by Kevin HolmesJenifer Andrews, chief meteorologist Jeff Kirk and sports anchor Frank Sulkowski.

This is the fourth news expansion for WJCL-WTGS this year. The station has already expanded its weekday morning show, added both a 6:00 p.m. news and a morning show on FOX affiliate WTGS during the weekend.

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WTOC Anchor Mike Manhatton Dies

mike manhattonMike Manhatton, an anchor at Savannah CBS affiliate WTOC, has died from complications of cancer.

“Mike has been with us here at WTOC nearly 33 years — a phenomenal reporter, and gifted anchorman. WTOC and the community have truly lost an amazing man, and a wonderful friend,” the station said in a statement on its website.

According to the Savannah Morning News, Manhatton remained at WTOC until February 28. “He was the consummate news guy,” WTOC’s Sonny Dixon told the Morning News. “He never lost the feel for the urgency of breaking news and was always a stickler to get it right the first time.”

Watch WTOC’s tribute to Manhatton after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we look into the Savannah, GA, market where LIN Media owns ABC affiliate WJCL, and operates FOX affiliate WTGS.

Savannah Viewers Witness Most Amazing Local Super Bowl Spot Ever


If Chuck Norris were a local Super Bowl commercial, he would be the one viewers of Savannah, GA, FOX affiliate WTGS got to see at around 8:00 p.m. last night.

The two-minute spot is for area lawyer Jamie Casino who packed the time with revenge, rock and roll, a rose smashed by a shoe, flames and a chrome sledge hammer.

If the subject matter weren’t so personal to Casino, TVSpy would say it took local spots to 11. We’ve asked WJCL-WTGS GM Les Vann what the good viewers of Savannah thought about it. We’ll update when we hear back.

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Kevin Holmes Leaving WRAL for Anchor Job in Savannah

WRAL has announced reporter Kevin Holmes is leaving the Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate to become an anchor for ABC and FOX affiliate WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch Kevin grow as a journalist here,” said WRAL news director Rick Gall in a statement. “Moving to the anchor desk is a big step for Kevin, and we wish him great success as his career unfolds.”

WJCL-WTGS GM Les Vann confirmed the move with TVSpy and said Holmes starts at his station next month.

Holmes’ last day at WRAL is Sunday. He came to the station in 2010 from WPTY (now WATN) in Memphis, TN. He’s also worked at WJRT in Flint, MI.

Les Vann Named GM at WJCL-WTGS

LIN Media has named Les Vann president and general manager of WJCL and WTGS, the ABC and Fox affiliates in Savannah, Ga.

Vann moves to Savannah from Cincinnati, where he has been vice president and general manager of WKRC for five years. He is also a former general manager of WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y., WLOS in Asheville, N.C., and WICD in Champaign, Ill.

“It is an honor to join one of the most successful and forward-thinking media companies in the country, which has a strong reputation of investing in its products, people and communities,” Van said in a statement.

Vann replaces Scott McBride as the stations’ president and general manager.

F-Bomb Meteorologist Returning to Work After Outpouring of Support From Viewers

WSAV chief meteorologist Kris Allred is set to return to work next Monday, a week after she was heard saying the f-word during the Savannah NBC-affiliate’s 5 p.m. newscast.

Soon after the incident, Allred posted a message on WSAV’s Facebook page apologizing for “having used such offensive language,” and viewers quickly responded with messages of support.

Now it appears that Allred’s swift apology and the show of support from viewers were enough to convince WSAV to let the veteran meteorologist back on the air. Read more

Kris Allred Temporarily Off the Air at WSAV After Saying F-Word During Newscast

WSAV chief meteorologist Kris Allred is temporarily off the air at the Savannah NBC-affiliate after she said the f-word off-camera during an evening newscast Monday night.

“Due to Monday night’s incident, I temporarily won’t be on the air until a permanent decision is made,” Allred wrote on Facebook last night. “I just want to say thank you for all of the support. I hop to give you your forecast very soon!”

WSAV’s broadcast went dark for a short time during the 5 p.m. newscast, but Allred’s and co-anchor Andrew Davis were still audible.

“Major, major help,” Allred can be heard saying. “The text alerts to send out the weather warnings are completely wrong on all the times. Kevin is aware of it, we thought it was a glitch, for one. But the entire system is f*cked.” Read more

Julie Eisenman Lands in Savannah as News Director of WJCL-WTGS

Julie Eisenman, who has spent the majority of her broadcast career in Erie, PA, has landed in Savannah, where she’s been named news director of WJCL-WTGS.

After spending three years leading the newsroom at Erie’s WICU-WSEE, Eisenman is replacing Michael Sullivan as news director of the New Vision-owned duopoly.

“Julie’s passion for local news and her willingness to guide our staff made her the obvious choice,” WJCL-WTGS president and general manger Scott McBride said in a press release, which mentioned that the stations conducted “an exhaustive search that included several candidates from across the country.”

A Pennsylvania native, Eisenman began her career as a weekend assignment editor at Pittsburgh’s WPXI before joining WICU as a beat reporter. At WICU, she worked her way up through the newsroom, becoming an anchor and then assistant news director before eventually being named ND.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Eisenman said of her new job. “I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s one I’m greatly looking forward to. We have a great team of eager journalists. It will be a pleasure working with them.”

Emmy Rundown: Southeast Region

The Southeast chapter of NATAS handed out Emmys over the weekend at a ceremony in Atlanta, honoring news and programming excellence for stations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Asheville, NC.

Atlanta NBC-affiliate WXIA took home 11 Emmys and was honored multiple times in the News Programming Excellence category for Markets 1-25. Atlanta stations WSB, WGCL, and WAGA also received awards in the category.

Standing out in the smaller market field (75+) was Savannah’s WTOC, which was honored twice alongside Jackson’s WAPT and Columbia’s WIS.

Winners in the On-Air Talent categories inside… Read more

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