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Melanie Hebert Makes Her WWL Debut

Melanie Hebert made her debut anchoring WWL‘s early-morning newscast today, ten months after the announcement of her hire at the New Orleans CBS-affiliate.

Hebert was sitting out a non-compete clause in her contract with NBC-affiliate WDSU, where she worked until last September. She has worked at WWL for the past several months as an off-camera reporter and digital media correspondent.

“Because I knew I had a job waiting for me I was able to enjoy my time off, then I enjoyed different roles of working in news over the past six months,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I am definitely ready to go back on-air now.” Read more

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Veteran Member of WWL Production Team Dies at 61

Alvin Gauthier Jr., a 39-year veteran of the production department at New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL, died on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 61.

Gauthier worked at WWL from 1971-2009. Before he retired, he was the floor director and studio camera operator for the morning and noon newscasts.

“On a show like the morning show, with so many guests … sometimes it’s like a three-ring circus in that studio,” WWL anchor Eric Paulsen told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He was a born leader.”

Rob Nelson, who left WWL last year to join ABC’s “World News Now,” told the Times-Picayune Gauthier was a mentor to him. Read more

WDSU’s Melanie Hebert Will Join Rival Station WWL Next Year

Melanie Hebert, who left New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU in June, will join rival station WWL — the market’s CBS affiliate — when her non-compete clause expires in 2012.

Beginning in July of next year, Hebert will be the morning anchor for WWL. She will be paired with Mike Hoss during the 5 a.m. hour and Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. She will also serve as the station’s Internet and social media correspondent beginning in January, which will presumably give her a chance to be part of WWL’s digital brand while waiting for her on-air non-compete clause to expire.

Hebert, a New Orleans native, said in a statement she “grew up watching” WWL. “It wasn’t my first choice to sit out for a year,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When it came down to it, I really wanted to stay in this market.”

New Orleans’s WWL Launches Morning Concert Series

Following the success that national morning shows have had in recent years with live concert series, New Orleans’s WWL is set to launch a run of spring concerts that will air during its morning newscast.

The CBS-affiliate announced this week that it will debut the “Rhythm & News” concert series on April 29th, offering viewers the chance to join anchors Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts in the French Quarter for a set of live shows every Friday through May.

“One of the things you’ve told us you love most about the Eyewitness Morning News is live, local music,” WWL said in a post on Tuesday. “Now, we’re taking that to a new level.”

The “Rythm & News” concert series will feature local musicians with performances airing live beginning at 8 a.m.