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Meteorologist Colin Hackman Leaving WECT

colin hackmanMeteorologist Colin Hackman is leaving WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. “My family and I have decided, to concentrate more time and energy toward each other, and towards our growing business Go Time, assisting non-profits with fundraising,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hackman has worked at the station on and off since 1996. He began his career at the station as a teleprompter operator and studio camera operator and eventually joined KRNV in Reno as a reporter. He returned to WECT in 2004 and is currently the morning and noon meteorologist.

“I have been at this station on and off since 1996 (at 19 years old), and am forever grateful for the people here who’ve extend such grace, compassion and love,” Hackman wrote. “Thank you WECT for believing in me, for giving me an opportunity to be a provider for my family, and also for giving me friends and memories that will never be equalled.”

Hackman hinted that his replacement will be a “familiar face” to WECT viewers.

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After Another ‘Conan’ Segment, WECT ND Calls Identical Scripts ‘Embarrassing’

Poynter takes a look at the origins of an identical script — about Mike Myers expecting another child — that was read by 29 anchors across the country. The video aired on “Conan,” with Conan O’Brien sarcastically noting, “local news found a really unique way to tell the story.”

WECT news director Scott Saxton said the line came from CNN News Source wire copy as part of a “Hollywood Minute” segment. “It was a bad representation of our station,” Saxton told Poynter. “It’s embarrassing and unacceptable, and we’ve addressed it within the team.”

This isn’t the first time O’Brien has called out local stations for using identical scripts: there was the story about the election, one about Hostess’ bankruptcy, another about Cyber Monday and even one about O’Brien himself.

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.

Kim Chappell Joins WBND as Evening Co-Anchor

Kim Chappell begins next month at WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. She will anchor the station’s evening newscasts alongside Brian Dorman.

Chappell comes to WBND from WTVF in Nashville, where she used her maiden name, Kim Gebbia. She has previously worked for WXII in Winston-Salem and WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

“Kim has spent her career digging up stories that impact the communities where people live,” news director Aaron Ramey said in a statement. “She has a passion for one-on-one interaction with the folks who are affected by the news. I think that shows in her compassionate approach to story-telling.”

Chappell replaces Krista Fogelsong, who left WBND for WBBH in May.

ND Jim Hanchett Leaving Charlottesville Triopoly

News director Jim Hanchett is leaving WCAV-WVAW-WAHU for a communications position at Indiana University.

Hanchett, who anchors the 5 p.m. news in addition to serving as news director, has been at the Charlottesville triopoly for the past three years.  Assistant news director Griff Benner is taking over for Hanchett on an interim basis.

“My wife, a former NBC News Channel producer, and I have four young children and the IU position offers long-term stability and normalcy that’s hard to find in broadcasting,” Hanchett told TVSpy today via email.  “The IU position gives me a chance to use some of the communications and marketing skills I’ve learned in TV in a new way.” Read more

Wilmington’s WECT Christens New Set, Newsroom

Wilmington NBC-affiliate WECT is officially done with a major renovation project upgrading the studio set, newsroom and greenroom.

The project was approved by WECT’s parent company, Raycom Media, at the end of last year. The studio set was finished over the summer, in the first phase of construction, and the newsroom and green room were next.

More pictures via WECT’s website after the jump. Read more

WWAY GM Andy Combs: ‘I Understand What We Are Doing Makes People Uncomfortable’

“I understand what we are doing makes people uncomfortable,” WWAY general manager Andy Combs told StarNewsOnline recently about his station’s newfound commitment to muckraking.  “People in this market have not seen this by any news outlet in decades.”

In a profile of WWAY’s in-your-face reporting under news director Scott Pickey (pictured), who joined the Wilmington CBS-affiliate in January 2010, StarNewsOnline points out that WWAY has had to develop a different approach to local news reporting in order to compete with perrenial ratings powerhouse WECT.

“I can’t create an anchor that has been in this market for 30 years or afford an anchor with a six-figure salary,” Pickey told StarNewsOnline. “We decided we would focus on content and making a difference that way. We saw a huge opportunity to dig a little more. We’re going to focus on real stories that may have a harder edge to them.” Read more

Meteorologist George Elliott Returns to Wilmington

Popular Wilmington meteorologist George Elliott is back on the air. Elliott left NBC-affiliate WECT at the end of 2008 and now he’s back, but this time it’s with rival station WWAY, an ABC-affiliate.

“I’m really excited,” Elliott said. “I’m really grateful to WWAY for giving me the chance to get back to doing something I love: being part of this incredible community.”

Elliot spent 14 years with WECT before leaving the station so that he could be closer to his brother, who lives in Kentucky.

“We have a great news team and a great weather team in place. George’s presence and personality are the icing on the cake,” said Scott Pickey, WWAY’s news director.

WWBT GM Named Group VP at Raycom

WWBT general manager Don Richards has reportedly been promoted to group vice president at Raycom Media, which owns and/or operates 45 stations in 36 markets. Richards currently serves as regional vice president for the company.

Richards will continue to work from WWBT in Richmond, according to Broadcasting & Cable, which first broke the news, but will add more responsibilities.

In addition to overseeing WWBT and its sister station WUPV, Richards is currently in charge of WECT and WSFX in Wilmington and WMBF Myrtle Beach.

“Join me in congratulating Don on this deserved recognition,” said Raycom Executive VP-COO Wayne Daugherty in an internal memo obtained by B&C, “and wishing him much success as he assumes a larger role in the Company’s station group management structure.”

Reporter-Anchor Max Winitz Jumps from Wilmington to Sarasota

The pull of southern Florida was just too strong for reporter-anchor Max Winitz.  After three and a half years with WECT in Wilmington, NC, the Miami native announced that he was leaving for a job at ABC-affiliate WWSB in Sarasota.

“Thank you to everyone in southeastern N.C. for the memories over the last three and a half years!” Winitz tweeted last week. “It has been a great ride.”

Winitz joined WECT in the summer of 2007 after graduating from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  He will serve as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WWSB, making a triple digit market jump from Wilmington to Sarasota (Tampa).
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