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Trey Fabacher Out at WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL is undergoing a change in direction. TVSpy just confirmed Trey Fabacher, GM of WGCL, has left the station. Meredith wouldn’t say when he left or why.

This comes on the heels of confirming that the Atlanta CBS affiliate has hired Larry Perret as news director to replace Lane Michaelsen who left the station in July.

Fabacher came to WGCL from WWJ in Detroit in September 2012. He has also worked at KSTW in Seattle and WCCO and KSTP in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Lane Michaelsen No Longer with WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen is no longer with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.

Atlanta Anchor Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored Woman,’ Station Posts Edited Version of Video

Michelle Burdo, morning anchor for Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, has apologized for using the term “colored woman” during Monday morning’s newscast.

Yesterday, Burdo had several African American women on set to demonstrate hair care tips for summertime when she said, “Let me tell you something. I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her,” referencing a local hair care expert.

According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Burdo apologized on-air this morning saying, “Yesterday I made a pretty insensitive remark during one of our segments here on Better Mornings Atlanta. I apologize. Once again, I truly want to say from the bottom of my heart that I really am sorry about that comment. I made that in reference to my hair color but I used an inappropriate term.”

When TVSpy asked WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen why the station posted the segment on its website with Burdo’s “colored woman” reference edited out, Michaelsen said, “As Michelle mentioned in her apology she used an insensitive remark during the segment and that remark was removed when the video was posted.” See the station’s edited version after the jump. Read more

Frank Wiley Named Morning Anchor at WGCL

frank wileyFrank Wiley is joining WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as morning anchor. He will begin at the station in mid-January.

“I am very happy that after ten months and multiple interviews, CBS Atlanta has found the right morning anchor,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Frank’s skills and personality make him the perfect fit for CBS Atlanta 4:30-7am.”

Wiley comes from Tulsa, where he was the weekend evening anchor at Fox affiliate KOKI. Before that, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

Wiley replaces Brandon Rudat, who left WGCL earlier this year.

Atlanta’s WGCL Makes Changes to Weekend Morning News

Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL is moving up its Saturday morning news show and expanding it by an hour beginning tomorrow.

“In adding people, adding content and adding news times, CBS Atlanta continues its commitment to the community,” WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Our new expanding Saturday morning is designed to fit in with your morning routine: What’s the news, what’s the weather and what’s there to do.”

“CBS Atlanta News Saturday” will air from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. with Jocelyn Connell and meteorologist Paul Ossmann continuing to anchor the show which previously aired from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

CBS network’s Saturday News will now air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Tracye Hutchins to Move from Mornings To Evenings for WGCL

WGCL announced Tracye Hutchins will move from the mornings to co-anchoring the evening news with Stephany Fisher, starting in September.

“It is clear to anyone who has seen Tracye and Stephany together that they are a powerful team,” Lane Michaelsen, news director for the Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate, said in a statement. “Anyone who has watched Tracye 4:30a-7am knows that she can handle every situation and do it all with a smile.”

Hutchins has been anchoring the WGCL morning news since joining the station in 2007. Before coming to WGCL, Hutchins worked at KFMB in San Diego. She’s also worked for CNN Headline News.

The station also promised it would announce one more member of the evening anchor team soon.

Atlanta’s WGCL Cuts Newsroom Staff

Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of Meredith’s Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL, has confirmed with TVSpy, anchor JaQuitta Williams and meteorologist Cris Martinez are no longer with the station.

When asked about rumors of layoffs involving newsroom staff, Fabacher said, “This week, we reallocated a few positions that were more in line with new goals going forward. We have not reduced staff count.” But would not comment further.

Fabacher, who came to WGCL last September from WWJ in Detroit, brought on news director Lane Michaelsen from Cincinnati’s WCPO in March. Read more

Lane Michaelsen to Join WGCL as News Director

WGCL, Meredith’s Atlanta CBS affiliate, has announced the hiring of Lane Michaelsen as news director.

“Michaelsen has built a solid reputation of leading quality newscasts and storytelling,” WGCL general manager Trey Fabacher told staffers in an email. “Rating increases have been seen very quickly at almost every post he has held. He is also very skilled in listening and learning about newsrooms and culture and making the right adjustments to place them in the best situation to be successful.”

Michaelsen, who comes to WGCL from Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, started his career as a photojournalist. Read more

Bill Price to Retire After 26 Years at WCPO

After 26 years at WCPO, reporter Bill Price (pictured) will retire from the Cincinnati ABC affiliate next month.

“I would like to thank Bill for his many years of service and dedication. Bill will only be on the job until December 9th but he will always be part of the 9 On Your Side family,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Enquirer also reports WCPO has hired Larry Smith as a multimedia journalist and weekend co-anchor. Smith joins the station from Turner Sports, where he was a freelance anchor. He will co-anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Julie O’Neill.

New WCPO News Director: ‘We’re Going to #1′

Lane Michaelsen, the recently appointed news director of WCPO, has a clear goal for the Cincinnati ABC-affiliate: first place.

“We’re going to No. 1,” Michaelsen said in a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s our goal.”

WCPO, perennially in second place behind CBS-affiliate WKRC, has overhauled its staff in recent months. In addition to a new news director, WCPO has a new general manager in Steve Thaxton, who was hired in March. Read more

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