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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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WGCL in Atlanta Launches Rebrand

WGCL_rebrandAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has rebranded itself as CBS46.

The Meredith owned station launched its new look with a :10 weather promo today at noon. Viewers will see new graphics and a newly designed website. A set designed by FX Design Group will debut on tonight’s evening newscasts.

Trey Fabacher, VP and GM of WGCL said, “This Atlanta team has done a wonderful job making this transition happen.”

Atlanta Stations Ready for Ice Storm with Mix of Old and New Technology

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The story coming out of Atlanta after the snowstorm two weeks ago was all about the influx of people onto local roads trying to get home at the same time.

With an ice storm forecast for this week and Governor Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for more than 40 Georgia counties in anticipation of the storm, all the Atlanta stations TVSpy spoke with said the same thing: this storm is all about power. Predictions call for ice and wind to bring down power lines and cause major power outages.

Cox owned ABC affiliate WSB, FOX owned station WAGA and Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL told us they were in “all-hands on-deck mode” with crews spread out across the Atlanta metro area and staffers working 12-hour shifts to cover the event with wall-to-wall coverage. But what good is all that coverage if no one can see it?

As WSB news director Mike Dreaden told us, Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. Like WSB, all the stations we spoke to plan on relying on their radio partners and their live streaming ability to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.

WGCL VP and GM Trey Fabacher said his station is going old school and partnering with talk radio station WGST. The AM radio station has plans to simulcast the CBS affiliate’s continuing breaking news coverage. Read more

Brandon Rudat Out at WGCL

WGCL morning anchor Brandon Rudat has left the Meredith-owned Atlanta CBS affiliate.

>UPDATE: WGCL vice president and general manager Trey Fabacher told TVSPy, “Brandon Rudat is no longer with CBS Atlanta.  We wish him well in the future.”

Yesterday, Rudat replied to a tweet about the morning show by saying, “unfortunately I am no longer with the show. my former coworkers are great tho!!”

A Meredith spokesperson promised TVSpy an announcement soon about a re-tooled morning show. The spokesperson said WGCL was “retaining some current talent and adding new talent,” but did not specify who was in or out.

WGCL recently announced a 4:30 am start for its morning show called “Better Mornings Atlanta.”

Trey Fabacher, WGCL general manager told Access Atlanta, the station was going in a different direction and didn’t yet have a replacement lined up. His profile has been removed from the station website.

Larry Smith Named Sports Director at WGCL

Larry Smith is joining Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL as sports director, Access Atlanta reports.

Smith worked at CNN from 1993 to 2009 before joining Turner Sports as a host. Most recently, he worked at WCPO in Cincinnati. The hire is part of WGCL’s decision to revive its sports department after four years of outsourcing sports coverage to a local radio station.

“We are taking a more nontraditional approach to sports moving forward,” WGCL news director Trey Fabacher wrote in an email to Access Atlanta. “Larry is not just a sports anchor, but a sports reporter and producer.  We envisioned this role to be very active in the field and Larry’s talents were as strong behind the camera as well as in front of the camera.”

Smith will handle “breaking stories and features” as well as anchoring a weekly Saturday night sports show starting next month.

WGCL Revives Sports Department

Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has cut ties with the hosts of its weekly sports show, “CBS Atlanta Sportsline,” according to Access Atlanta.

The “Sportsline” teamAtlanta radio hosts Steve “Steak” Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini — were also fired from 790/The Zone after they did a segment making fun of Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints player who suffers from ALS, on their radio show.

WGCL general manager Trey Fabacher told Access Atlanta that without the “Sportline” hosts, the station plans to revive its sports department, which was dropped in 2009:

Fabacher, who arrived in Atlanta last fall, said given how big sports is in this town, he didn’t agree with this type of outsourcing. As a result, this unplanned firing at the Zone coincided with his decision to hire a new sports director in the next couple of weeks. He doesn’t have immediate plans to add more sports staff beyond the director for now.

He wasn’t ready to release details on what the sports director’s specific duties will be.

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

News Director Eric Ludgood Out at WGCL

Eric Ludgood is out as news director for WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate for Atlanta.

“Eric Ludgood is no longer with WGCL in Atlanta,” a Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy.  “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Ludgood had been assistant news director at WGCL before leaving for three months in 2010 to work as news director for WNCN in Raleigh, NC.  He returned to WGCL as news director in February 2011 replacing Steve Schwaid.

WGCL vice president and general manager Trey Fabacher told TVSpy the station would begin its search for a news director, “very shortly.”

Tom Canedo Named GM of Detroit’s WWJ

Tom Canedo has been named vice president and general manager of Detroit CBS O&O, WWJ.  Canedo comes from WUPA, the CBS owned CW affiliate in Atlanta.

“Tom has done a great job of leading our efforts to make WUPA one of the most successful CW stations in the country,” said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations. “We value his experience and leadership skills and know that they will serve him well as he takes on the responsibility of managing our Detroit stations.”

Canedo succeeds Trey Fabacher who left WWJ to helm Meredith’s WGCL in Atlanta. Read more

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