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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

WMAQ’s Zoraida Sambolin To Anchor CNN Mornings

It’s official: Zoraida Sambolin is leaving WMAQ to become an anchor for CNN’s revamped morning show.

Although Sambolin’s departure from NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ has been widely reported, CNN officially announced her hire in a press release this morning. She will co-anchor the 5-7amET hours with Ashleigh Banfield.

“I am completely thrilled to be coming to CNN,” Sambolin said in a statement. “Ashleigh is an accomplished journalist with an incredible wit and dynamic personality.  I look forward to collaborating with her and working together to inform, enlighten and build a strong relationship with our viewers.”  Read more

WBTV: ‘Man Killed to Death’

The WBTV chyron wasn’t much help last Friday morning as Ron Lee reported live on a deadly shooting in West Charlotte.  While Lee gave details of the shooting, the line “Man Killed to Death” was displayed at the bottom of the screen (image above).

WBTV quickly changed the lower-third to the more specific “Man Shot After Argument.”  [Via Buzzfeed]

Charlotte’s WBTV Partners with Community Newspaper Network

Charlotte’s WBTV announced this week that it has entered into a news partnership with the Carolina Weekly Newspaper network, which publishes community newspapers throughout the state.

Through the new agreement, WBTV will share content with the newspaper network on all platforms, including TV. Reporters from the Carolina Weekly Newspaper network will make regular appearances on WBTV to discuss the news and the CBS-affiliate’s news team will provide stories for print.

“WBTV and the Carolina Weekly Newspapers are dedicated to the individual communities that make the Charlotte area one of the best places to live in the nation,” said Dennis Milligan, WBTV’s news director.

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