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Charlotte Anchor to Make Comeback at 91

mayes_observerSixty one years after launching the WBTV news, 91-year-old Doug Mayes will take another turn as anchor for the Charlotte, NC, CBS affiliate.

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.

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Mitt Romney Rephrases Stance on Gay Adoption in WBTV Interview

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney used a recent one-on-one interview with WBTV as an opportunity to clarify his position on gay adoption.

Following President Obama‘s declaration of support for same-sex marriage last week, Romney has continually fielded questions about gay rights and, in an interview with the Fox Business Network last Thursday, he raised eyebrows when he said that it’s “fine” for gay couples to adopt.

Speaking with WBTV’s Paul Cameron, Romney backed away from that statement. Read more

President Spends Valentine’s Day with Local Stations

President Obama spent his afternoon Tuesday sitting down for interviews with a handful of local stations–an activity that has become a regular part of the President’s schedule.

Those asking questions on Tuesday included WAGA‘s Amanda Davis, KLAS‘s Paula Francis, WFLA‘s Keith Cate, and WBTV‘s Paul Cameron.

President Obama’s interview with Cameron had special significance since the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte later this year. Read more