WBTV (Channel 3), which reincarnated its traveling feature program four years ago and made it into a monthly prime-time series hosted by morning anchors John Carter and Christine Nelson and produced by Kevin Marlow, is canceling it.
It was doing well, says news director Dennis Milligan, but the station has decided to use the people who worked on the show on other things. No jobs are being cut, he says.
“We can use that manpower for better and stronger news in other time periods,” he says. Carter and Nelson have already expanded their morning duties by doing a two-hour newscast from 7 to 9 a.m. on WBTV’s subchannel 3.2, which carries the Bounce channel.
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Charlotte CBS affiliate WBTV is adding to its morning and evening newscasts on its digital subchannel.
The Charlotte Observer reports the morning news will begin airing from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the digital channel showing the Bounce network. The station will also add an hour of news at 8:00 p.m.
WBTV news director Dennis Milligan told the Observer. “It will generate some income, or we wouldn’t be doing it.”
The extended morning news will feature the anchors from WBTV’s 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. No anchor has been named for the 8:00 p.m. news.
Mayes will sit in for the vacationing Paul Cameron on tonight’s 11pm news.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Cameron posted a picture of the two of them at lunch on his station facebook page. WBTV news director Dennis Milligan said the post got tens of thousands of hits, so WBTV asked Mayes to sit-in for a show.
“It took him about a minute of reading to get used to it,” says Milligan. “You could tell when the old news guy kicked in, kaboom. He had full command.”
Mayes also sat in on the station’s news meeting, where the police shooting of an unarmed man was the key topic.
“He knew every detail,” says Molly Grantham, who will be his co-anchor Friday night. “He had great questions to ask. He was still the newsman, even at 91. That was when I was sure this is such a great idea.”
Mayes started as “Your Esso Reporter” on WBTV in 1952. He stayed at the station until the 1980s when he moved over to rival ABC affiliate WSOC He retired from the anchor desk in 1988, but continued to do special reports for WSOC.
Early Saturday morning Charlotte CBS-affiliate WBTV mistakenly reported that Billy Graham had died. About a half hour later, the station retracted the report, blaming it on “some incorrect information” received from CBS News.
On Saturday during its early morning newscast, WBTV News mistakenly reported the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham. Our show producer read what he thought was a breaking news crawl about Rev. Graham on an off- air network feed. Read more
Charlotte’s WBTV announced this week that it has entered into a news partnership with the Carolina Weekly Newspaper network, which publishes community newspapers throughout the state.
Through the new agreement, WBTV will share content with the newspaper network on all platforms, including TV. Reporters from the Carolina Weekly Newspaper network will make regular appearances on WBTV to discuss the news and the CBS-affiliate’s news team will provide stories for print.
“WBTV and the Carolina Weekly Newspapers are dedicated to the individual communities that make the Charlotte area one of the best places to live in the nation,” said Dennis Milligan, WBTV’s news director.