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Every WBNS Newscast Finishes #1 in February

Columbus’s WBNS has once again proven to be, as it calls itself, “Central Ohio’s News Leader.”

For the February sweeps period, the CBS-affiliate’s newscasts finished #1 in all of their respective time periods.

Here’s a run-down of the results:

The morning newscasts with Jeff Hogan, Angela An, and Mike Davis:
4:30 a.m.: 2.3 rating, 11 share
5:00 a.m.: 4.1 rating, 17 share
6:00 a.m.: 6.3 rating, 20 share

The evening newscasts with Andrea Cambern, Jerry Revish and Chris Bradley:
5:00/5:30 p.m.: 9.9 rating, 19 share
6:00 p.m.: 10.4 rating, 19 share
11:00 p.m.: 10.1 rating, 19 share

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Former Columbus Anchor Lands in Tax Court Over Dubious Job-Related Expenses

Anchor Anietra Hamper, who had worked in the Columbus market for over a decade before departing WBNS last year, landed in tax court this month after reporting $167,356 in job-related expenses, including jewelry, teeth whitening, manicures, makeup, and lingerie.

According to the court ruling:

[Hamper] alleges that she acted in good faith and with reasonable cause in deducting her business expenses because the tax law says that all business expenses that are ordinary and necessary are deductible and that her deductions are specific to the job she performs as a news anchor.

Hamper worked at NBC-affiliate WCMH from 1999 to 2008, before leaving the station and eventually joining crosstown rival WBNS.  The expenses examined in court were reported between 2005 and 2008, during which time Hamper anchored WCMH’s morning and noon newscasts.

In addition to items that helped Hamper maintain her appearance, she also reported costs associated with self-defense classes, which local police allegedly advised her to take since she could be vulnerable to stalking. Hamper did not provide sufficient proof to the court that these classes were attended. Read more

In Columbus, WBNS Expanding Morning News to 4:25 a.m. with New Anchor Duo

Columbus’ WBNS is furthering the trend of early morning start times as it plans to begin its morning newscast at 4:25 a.m. beginning next year.  Like most stations that have made the shift to 4:30, WBNS is tacking on 30 minutes to the front of its existing morning show.

“These changes are in response to viewer feedback and shifting viewing patterns,” said Elbert Tucker, WBNS’s director of news.  “We recognize that our viewers have increased options for processing news and information and we need to be responsive to their needs and relevant to their lifestyles. We are confident that by adding an additional half hour of local news each morning and changing the dynamic of our morning team, Central Ohio’s News Leader will be better equipped to serve the viewers of Central Ohio.”

The expanded morning newscast will be anchored by Jeff Hogan and Angela An. Hogan started with the CBS-affiliate as a sports anchor but shifted to news anchor last year.  Since then, he has anchored the 6 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts.  An joined WBNS in 2000 and has most recently been anchoring the station’s weekend morning newscasts.  Hogan and An will be joined by meteorologist Mike Davis and traffic reporter Karina Nova.
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