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Meteorologist Tera Blake Joins WEWS

tera blakeMeteorologist Tera Blake has joined WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Blake, who made her debut today, will be the station’s morning meteorologist.

Blake comes from Charlotte, where she has been the morning meteorologist at CW affiliate WCCB since 2007. Before that, she was a meteorologist at KTEN, the NBC affiliate serving Sherman, Texas. She interned at WGN in Chicago and WTVO in Rockford, Ill. while getting her degree at Northern Illinois University.

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WCCB Turns to Sports After Switch to CW

WCCB_CW_logoWCCB, the Charlotte station that lost its FOX affiliation in July, may be looking to local sports teams to help it carve out an identity, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

The CW affiliate’s general manager Jim White told the CBJ the station is currently in talks with the Charlotte Knights but hasn’t reached an agreement to air the minor league team’s games. The Triple-A team for the MLB’s Chicago White Sox will move into a new stadium next season.

The station hopes to carve out a new identity, in part, by aligning with local sports teams. WCCB started a three-year contract in August to show the home games of the new UNC Charlotte football team. To date, the 49ers games have generated ratings and audiences three to four times larger than what the station anticipated, White says.

White said WCCB would like to air a limited schedule of marquee Knights’ games.

The Bahakel owned WCCB lost its FOX affiliation after FOX made its newly acquired station WJZY one of its O&O’s.

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Morgan Fogarty on Returning to WCCB: ‘You have to go with your gut even if it’s scary’

Morgan Fogarty, who rejoined WCCB last week just three weeks after the launch of Al Jazeera America, talks to the Charlotte Observer about what led to her quick decision to return to local television:

“I think for a lot of television people, there’s always that itch you want to scratch about life beyond local TV. And I scratched it,” Fogarty says. “I really missed Charlotte. My husband really missed Charlotte. We adored it here. That feeling really hit home when we weren’t here. You don’t realize what you don’t have until you don’t have it any more.”

It wasn’t long after getting to New York and seeing what the lifestyle and commute would be like, Fogarty says, she realized it just wasn’t for her. Al Jazeera was a remarkable place to work and its staff was excellent, she says, but she and her husband wanted to come back. Read more

Three Weeks After Al Jazeera America’s Launch, Morgan Fogarty Rejoins WCCB

Just two months after the announcement of her hire at Al Jazeera America, Morgan Fogarty is returning to WCCB in Charlotte.

“Fogarty said the idea of going to New York seemed like the right thing to do but she came to the decision with her husband, Jeremy, to return to Charlotte,” WCCB said in a statement. “She is excited to re-unite with her colleagues at WCCB.”

Fogarty was a New York City based anchor for Al Jazeera America, which launched August 20. She returns to the CW affiliate in her old role as co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast, alongside Christine Noel and Kirk Hawkins.

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty, Del Walters Joining Al Jazeera America

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters are leaving local news to join Al Jazeera America, the network announced today.

Betz, Fogarty and Walters, along with Richelle Carey, who joins the network from HLN, will be anchors based in New York City. Al Jazeera America is slated for an August launch.

“This talented and trusted group of on-air talent is a further indication of the quality and depth of journalism experience that Al Jazeera America is attracting,” AJAM senior executive producer for news and special projects Bob Wheelock said in a statement. “Their previous work across the United States will help to ensure that our daily newscasts include objective reporting on the stories from around the block and around the globe that have a real impact on each American’s lives.”

Betz joins AJAM from WFAA in Dallas, where he has worked as a field reporter and fill-in anchor since 2004. Fogerty previously worked at WCCB in Charlotte, where she has worked for 10 years, most recently as anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. Walters joins the network from WTOP News Radio. Until 2010, he was an anchor and senior investigative reporter at WJLA in Washington, D.C.

TVNewser has more on the hires.

WJZY Set to Become Charlotte Fox Affiliate

WJZY in Charlotte will officially switch from a CW affiliate to a Fox affiliate on July 1.

“We have literally been counting down the days to this much anticipated affiliate switch.  We look forward to serving all of our 22 counties with compelling content and our robust lineup, which includes FOX Network prime programming, NFL on FOX, and Nascar on FOX,” WJZY-WMYT vice president Karen Adams said in a statement.

Fox purchased WJZY and WMYT from Capitol Broadcasting in April. WCCB, Charlotte’s current Fox affiliate, will become a CW affiliate.

Morgan Fogarty Leaving WCCB For ‘National TV News Opportunity’

Morgan Fogarty, anchor for Charlotte FOX affiliate WCCB is leaving the station for a “national TV News opportunity.

The station announced the move on its facebook page saying, “We are so thankful for the amazing 8 years she has worked for our station. She will definitely be missed but we are proud of her and wish her nothing but continued success. Morgan will continue to serve as our news anchor through July.”

Fogarty started at WCCB in Februarty 2005 as a morning anchor. In 2011, she was named 10:00 p.m. anchor along with Israel Balderas who left the station last month. Before coming to WCCVB, On her facebook page, she told viewers she couldn’t comment on where she was going yet.

WCCB is set to lose its FOX affiliation and become a CW affiliate on July 1.

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Israel Balderas Out at WCCB

Israel Balderas has left Charlotte FOX affiliate WCCB.

A station spokesperson confirmed the news with TVSpy, but would not comment on the reasons behind yesterday’s departure. The Charlotte Observer reported Balderas’ contract wasn’t up until later this year.

Balderas started at WCCB in 2010 and was named 10:00 p.m. anchor in 2011. Before coming to WCCB, he worked at KFOX in EL Paso, TX.

WCCB will become a CW affiliate in July after FOX bought Charlotte stations WJZY-WMYT in January.

Charlotte’s WCCB Picks Up CW Affiliation

WCCB, Bahakel Comummication’s station in Charlotte, will become the market’s CW affiliate beginning July 1.

Until earlier this year, the station was a Fox affiliate. WCCB lost its affiliation when Fox purchased WJYZ-WMYT in Charlotte.

“We are delighted that we have this opportunity to join such an up and coming network with even more contemporary and creative program series to come,” said Bahakel president Beverly Bahakel Poston said in a statement. “We have been very impressed with the creativity and production quality of the original programming that The CW has provided and plans for the new fall season.”

Ken White Replaced as WCCB News Director

WCCB news director Ken White has left the Charlotte FOX affiliate. According to the Charlotte Observer, he has been replaced by assistant news director Angela Robbins.

“This was a bit of a punch,” White told the Observer. “But they’ve been good to me over the years and it’s been a fun place to work.”

White, who launched the news department at the Bahakel owned station, had been news director at WCCB for thirteen years.

According to the Observer, White is on temporary assignment at WBBJ in Jackson, TN. WBBJ, which is also owned by Bahakel Communications, is looking for a news director.

Last week, WCCB learned it will be losing its affiliation after FOX Television Stations purchased two Charlotte stations, WJZY and WMYT.

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