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WWL Adds Weekend, Evening Newscasts

wwl logoWWL-WUPL, Gannett’s duopoly in New Orleans, is adding evening and weekend newscasts next month. WWL will debut weekend morning newscasts anchored by Antwan Harris on August 9, and WUPL will debut weeknight newscasts anchored by Natalie Shepherd and Thanh Truong on September 9.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has more:

“I think people want to know the overnight news,” said Bill Siegel, WWL’s news director. “They certainly want up-to-the-minute weather. Given weekend plans and how much time everybody spends outside here, that’s really important.

“We also have the opportunity to do some different things on Saturday and Sunday, a deeper dive on cultural things and festivals. There’s a lot of opportunity there.”

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Dave Nussbaum Joins WWL in New Orleans

wwl_nussbaum_debutMeteorologist Dave Nussbaum made his debut on New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL today.

WWL news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Nussbaum will work the Noon and 5:00 p.m. shows.

Nussbaum said goodbye to Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ last Friday after working there for more than a decade.

Antwan Harris to Join WWL in New Orleans

harris_wrcbAntwan Harris, reporter and weekend anchor for NBC affiliate WRCB in Chattanooga, TN, is heading to New Orleans to work for CBS affiliate WWL.

WWL executive news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Harris starts next week as a general assignment reporter.

Before coming to WRCB in 2009, Harris worked at WMGT in Macon, GA.

 

Sheba Turk to Anchor ‘The 504′ on WUPL

Sheba Turk will take over anchor duties on the WUPL interview show “The 504″ starting Monday.

The show, produced by CBS affiliate WWL, debuted in April after WWL announced it was no longer producing a 9:00 p.m. newscast for its sister station, the My NetworkTV affiliate WUPL.

Turk replaces the show’s first host. Melanie Hebert, who announced in July she was leaving the station. Read more

WWL Welcomes Thanh Truong Back as Anchor

Belo has announced Thanh Truong will return to its New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL as an anchor and reporter.

“Thanh is an excellent journalist and a gifted storyteller,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said in a statement. “He has a special connection with Southeast Louisiana and we are lucky to have him back at WWL-TV.”

Truong left NBC news last month after his contract wasn’t renewed. Based in Atlanta, he contributed to “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Before working at NBC, he worked at KUSA in Denver. He has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, GA, and WWNY in Watertown, NY.

Truong last worked at WWL from 2004 until 2006. He will anchor the Saturday evening news and will also report. His first day will be Wednesday, September 18.

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New Orleans Stations Announce Newspaper Partnerships

New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE and CBS affiliate WWL have announced separate partnerships with two different New Orleans newspapers.

WVUE is teaming up with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune while WWL will partner with New Orleans paper, The Advocate.

Both agreements will add to the investigative and weather reporting and analysis for both stations and newspapers. WWL will also contribute sports reporting to The Advocate. While WVUE’s latest partnership with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune includes breaking news coverage and entertainment reporting. Read more

Triston Sanders Named Assistant ND at WWL

Triston Sanders is joining WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, as assistant news director next month.

Sanders joins WWL from WCTV in Tallahassee, where she has been the news director since 2010. She has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, WWSB in Sarasota, WFLA in Tampa, WSVN in Miami and WPBF in West Palm Beach.

In a memo to WWL staffers, executive news director Bill Siegel praised Sanders’ leadership at WCTV, noting “her experience with social media and emerging technologies fits perfectly with the direction we are moving as a digital news organization.” Read more

WWL Hires Another Investigative Reporter Away From the New Orleans Times-Picayune

New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL is adding Brendan McCarthy to its stable of investigative reporters beginning in September.

McCarthy has worked as a crime reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune since 2006. He joins his Times-Picayune colleague David Hammer, who will also join WWL later this year. The pair will work with investigative reporter Mike Perlstein and the rest of the station’s investigative unit.

“Brendan is a gifted storyteller, and his reporting has broken new ground in the coverage of crime in New Orleans,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said in a statement. “Our news organization immediately becomes stronger with his addition as we expand the investigative unit.”

WWL Adds Investigative Reporter David Hammer, Says Goodbye to Longtime Reporter Jill Hezeau

New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL is welcoming David Hammer and saying goodbye to Jill Hezeau.

Hammer comes to WWL from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he has been a reporter since 2006. He will join the station as an investigative reporter later this year.

“David’s record of breaking big stories and producing award-winning work is no secret to anyone to pays attention to the news in New Orleans,” news director Bill Siegel said in a statement. “He will bring groundbreaking long-form journalism to our website, while providing informative and innovative reports on our newscasts.” Read more

WWL Names Doug Mouton Sports Director, Adds Former NFL Player Darren Sharper as Analyst

WWL has named Doug Mouton sports director.  Mouton has worked as a reporter for the New Orleans CBS-affiliate since 2006, serving as the station’s Northshore Bureau Chief.

“Doug’s knowledge of sports, his contacts, and experience give our organization a great individual to lead our coverage in this area,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said, announcing the appointment.

Joining Mouton in the WWL sports department will be former Saints player Darren Sharper.  Sharper, who spent 15 years in the NFL and was a member of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl championship team, will provide weekly Saints analysis during the football season. Read more

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