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Charlotte Station to Expand News on Digital Subchannel

WBTVCharlotte CBS affiliate WBTV is adding to its morning and evening newscasts on its digital subchannel.

The Charlotte Observer reports the morning news will begin airing from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the digital channel showing the Bounce network. The station will also add an hour of news at 8:00 p.m.

WBTV news director Dennis Milligan told the Observer. “It will generate some income, or we wouldn’t be doing it.”

The extended morning news will feature the anchors from WBTV’s 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. No anchor has been named for the 8:00 p.m. news.

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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.

Kristy Etheridge Says Goodbye to WBTV

Kristy Etheridge, a general assignment reporter at WBTV, is leaving the Charlotte CBS affiliate. She is joining the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is headquartered in Charlotte.

Etheridge began her television career as the overnight producer at WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. She worked there for four years, eventually becoming a reporter, before joining WBTV in 2011.

Etheridge is married to a photojournalist at rival WSOC. She signs off on February 27.

John Humphries Named General Manager at WGAL

John Humphries has been named president and general manager at WGAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa.

Humphries comes from WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., where he has been director of sales since 2006. He succeeds Paul Quinn, who announced his retirement in September.

“John brings a diverse background in news, multiplatform sales, and management to his new role at the helm of the leading TV station in the Lancaster-Harrisburg market,” Hearst Television president and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “He has the experience and vision to help build upon the outstanding legacy of Paul Quinn and the WGAL team.” Read more

After 19 Years at the Helm of WGAL, General Manager Paul Quinn to Retire

Paul Quinn will retire later this year after almost two decades as president and general manager of WGAL, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Penn.

“It has been a great run,” Quinn said in a statement. “Our staff here cares deeply about providing the best local television service possible and works tirelessly to make that happen every day.  And we have had some fun in the process.”

Quinn’s retirement caps more than 40 years in local television. Prior to joining WGAL, he worked at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham and WBTV in Charlotte. In a statement announcing the retirement, Hearst Television president and CEO David Barrett praised Quinn’s “steady leadership.” Read more

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

WJYZ’s 10 p.m. Newscast Moving to WMYT

The 10 p.m. newscast on Charlotte CW-affiliate WJZY is moving to sister station WMYT, a MyNetworkTV affiliate.

The newscast has been produced for WJZY by Charlotte CBS-affiliate WBTV since 2003. It will air this week on both stations, but beginning next Monday, it will air only on WMYT.

In a statement, WJZY-WMYT vice president and general manager Shawn Harris said the change is a result of independent research on evening news viewers in the Charlotte market that found the MyNetworkTV-affiliate to have a more “news-friendly” audience. 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

WBTV Explains Why It Reported Billy Graham’s Death

Early Saturday morning Charlotte CBS-affiliate WBTV mistakenly reported that Billy Graham had died.  About a half hour later, the station retracted the report, blaming it on “some incorrect information” received from CBS News.

WBTV news director Dennis Milligan posted a statement on the station’s website following the mix-up.  Here’s what happened, according to Milligan:

On Saturday during its early morning newscast,  WBTV News mistakenly reported the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham. Our show producer read what he thought was a breaking news crawl about Rev. Graham on an off- air network feed. Read more

WBTV Mistakenly Reports Death of Billy Graham

Shortly after 6:30 on Saturday morning, Charlotte CBS-affiliate WBTV reported that Billy Graham had died.  The news was especially significant considering that Graham was born in Charlotte and has been a social luminary in North Carolina for decades.

In fact, the influential Christian leader was very much alive after spending a “restful night” at an Asheville hospital as he battles pneumonia.

Just before 7 a.m., WBTV anchor Kristen Miranda corrected the station’s mistake. Read more

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