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WALA announced his departure on its facebook page, “FOX10 News is saying goodbye to one of our own. Russell Colburn Fox10, who joined the FOX10 family in 2011, is setting off on a new adventure. You’ll be missed around the newsroom, and we wish you the best!”
WALA-WFNA, the Fox and CW affiliates in Mobile, are expanding the weekday morning newscast by an hour beginning January 27.
“Local content is so important to Gulf Coast viewers. We are so excited to be able to respond to our viewers and customers with even more news programming focused on this region,” WALA-WFNA president and general manager Gary Yoder said in a statement.
The current morning newscast runs from 4:30 to 8 a.m., followed by “Studio 10,” a lifestyle and entertainment program. In the new programming lineup, the morning newscast will run from 4:30 to 9 a.m. “Studio 10″ will air at 9 a.m. on WALA, replacing “Bethenny,” which will move to WFNA.
Clemons made his WTIC debut on the 5 p.m. newscast Thursday.
Stations in Mobile, AL, broke in to regular programming to cover the return of the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph. The ship with 4,200 passengers and crew members on board was being towed into the cruise ship terminal in Mobile after a fire on board left the ship adrift and disabled.
The Triumph was expected into port by 11:00 p.m., but a towline being used to bring the ship into port by tugboat broke, delaying its return. By 2:30 p.m., the United States Coast Guard was reporting the towline had been repaired and the ship was, again, on its way.
WALA - The FOX affiliate went live throughout the morning and afternoon relying on anchors Joe Emer and Bob Grip in the studio to report on the progress of the cruise ship. Candace Murphy was live on Dauphin Island interviewing the husband of a passenger and giving updates on the liner from a vantage point where she could see the ship. Chasity Bird spoke with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on why the passengers were being bussed to New Orleans or Galveston, TX, and not put up in Mobile hotels. Read more
“Sarasota and Manatee counties are important areas of coverage for News Channel 8. And, we think it’s vital to have a reporter who actually lives in the area where he works,” news director Don North said in a statement. “John will live in Sarasota, where he’ll have the opportunity to really get to know the community.”
Mobile Fox-affiliate WALA will debut an early-morning newscast next week. Beginning August 27, the station’s morning newscast will begin at 4:30 a.m., an expansion of 30 minutes.
“This is such a natural ex tension of our existing morning news,” VP-GM Gary Yoder said in a statement. “Our viewers’ lives are busy and their mornings are busy. Starting our news day a half-hour earlier is a way to ensure they get the news, weather and traffic information they need … when they need it.” Read more
Yoder has been vice president and general manager of WUPW since 2009. WUPW, the Toledo Fox-affiliate, merged with WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in the market, last month. Prior to his appointment as VP-GM, he served as the station’s general sales manager.
“Gary is an accomplished broadcast executive who brings a forward-thinking approach to multiplatform news, sales and promotions,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP for television, said in a statement. “He also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers.” Read more
Two stations in the Mobile-Pensacola market debuted new high-definition studios this week.
Fox-affiliate WALA produced the station’s first HD broadcast for Saturday’s 9 p.m. news, anchored by Renee Dials and weathercaster Matt Barrentine. WALA’s newscasts have originated from a temporary set since last month.
NBC-affiliate WPMI also debuted its new set, designed by Devlin Design Group, over the weekend. The redesign included a compete overhaul of the weather system, as well as the addition of several monitors behind the anchor desk.
Video of both new HD studios is after the jump. Read more
Mobile Fox-affiliate WALA will start producing newscasts from a new studio in high definition this Spring.
WALA’s newscasts have been broadcast from a temporary set (pictured) for the past several weeks while the new set is under construction, according to the station’s Facebook page.
“We’re building a brand new set at the moment,” WALA reporter Andrew Perez wrote. “We are temporarily using another set in the very back of our studio … should only be a few more weeks before we unveil the brand new set and Fox10 News in HD.”
[h/t Newscast Studio]
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