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WXIA’s Jill Becker Gets a ‘Today’ Show Sendoff

In January, WXIA anchor Jill Becker announced she would retire from the station when her contract is up. After more than two decades anchoring the Atlanta morning show, her final broadcast was this morning.

As an anchor on WXIA, an NBC affiliate, Becker tosses each morning to a “Today” anchor for a short tease. This morning, Matt Lauer, and some Becker fans who were out on the plaza outside 30 Rock, gave Becker a special sendoff (watch the video, above). “I am going to miss you so much,” Lauer said. “You are such a classy lady. You’ve been so great for Atlanta. But most importantly you have been such a great friend to us on this show.”

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WXIA’s Ted Hall: Mornings Will ‘Really Show a Different Side of My Personality’

WXIA anchor Ted Hall will have to set his alarm a little earlier this fall.

The Atlanta NBC affiliate announced today that Hall will replace veteran morning anchor Jill Becker when she retires in August. Hall, who is currently the evening anchor, has been testing out the earlier time slot in the months since Becker announced her retirement.

“As soon as I filled in on the morning show, I knew it was the right fit,” Hall said. “The positives are many. There’s more time with my family, [and] a fun, high energy show that will give me a chance to help people and really show a different side of my personality. The negative? Replacing someone as skilled as Jill Becker.”

Becker, who has been WXIA’s morning anchor for 22 years, said she approved of her replacement. “He’s one of my favorite people, personally and professionally,” she said. “I’ll be watching!”

To the Surprise of Atlanta’s WXIA, Anchor Jill Becker Announces Retirement

Anchor Jill Becker announced on Tuesday that she will bid farewell to Atlanta’s WXIA after over two decades with the NBC-affiliate.  In a station-wide meeting, she told staff that she would retire when her contract is up in August.

“After more than two decades, I am leaving a news team and a news show that I truly love,” Becker announced. “I am however, looking forward to volunteering and to catching up on 30 years of sleep!”

Becker anchors WXIA’s morning and daytime newscasts. Before joining WXIA, Becker was an anchor for Atlanta ABC-affiliate WSB, where she also worked the early shift.

“It was a surprise to the staff,” Ellen Crooke, WXIA’s news director, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She’s the heart of our morning news team. She will be very hard to replace.” Read more

In Snowy Atlanta, Affiliates Stick with Local News Instead of Network Morning Shows

Stations in Atlanta ran extended news coverage Monday morning as an overnight snowstorm and below-freezing temperatures led to school closings and dangerous driving conditions. The market’s NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliates stayed with local news coverage through the morning, preempting the network morning shows.

NBC-affiliate WXIA operated a telethon-like hotline to which local viewers could call in with questions related to the storm, from driving conditions to employment laws regarding taking a day off due to severe weather. Jill Becker and Karyn Greer anchored the extended newscast with meteorologist Chesley McNeil providing regular weather updates. Keith Whitney reported from Carroll County, east of Atlanta, which was one of the first areas to see snow in the early morning. Whitney used an icy bottle of water to show the below-freezing temperatures.

At ABC-affiliate WSB, morning meteorologist Karen Minton reported on the mix of snow and sleet hitting Atlanta while Mark Arum provided updates on the messy road conditions for morning commuters. Minton was also aided by meteorologist David Chandley, who would continue to track the storm throughout the day. Anchor Fred Blankenship provided regular storm-related news updates, including canceled flights to and from Atlanta. At one point, reporter Richard Belcher compiled a slideshow of photos sent in by viewers showing the area’s snow cover.

Tracye Hutchins and Brandon Rudat anchored CBS-affiliate WGCL‘s extended coverage. Weekend meteorologist Justin Lock was out on the street, reporting on weather conditions and speaking with those brave enough to venture out of their homes. Jennifer Valdez, WGCL’s morning meteorologist, updated viewers on the morning forecast as well as travel conditions. Rebekka Schramm reported via Skype from inside a WGCL news truck, which had gotten stuck in the snow.