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Bill Burr Joins WCIV in Charleston

bill burrBill Burr is joining WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., as a general assignment reporter. The Moultrie News reports he will appear on the 6 and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts.

“We are thrilled to have Bill join the ABC News 4 family,” WCIV general manager Suzanne Teagle said in a statement. “He’s a familiar face around Charleston. He knows the community, and he has a great work ethic. He’ll bring our viewers the stories that matter.”

Burr was the morning anchor at rival WCSC, the CBS affiliate, for seven years before signing off in 2012. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. and WBTW in Myrtle Beach.

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Viewers Upset with WFMY For Replacing ‘Andy Griffith Show’ with News

For the first time in thirty years, viewers of WFMY won’t be able to watch “The Andy Griffith Show” at the usual time of 5:30 p.m. and they’re not happy about it.

The Greensboro, NC, CBS affiliate recently replaced the residents of Mayberry with a new investigative news show hosted by anchor Tanya Rivera called “2 Wants to Know” and moved Griffith to an hour block starting at 3:00 p.m. According to the station, the “Andy Griffith Show” has been on WFMY since it premiered on CBS in 1960 and has been at the 5:30 slot for almost three decades.

The station announced the change on its facebook page in March. Over two hundred viewers responded to the announcement.  Many of those comments were from viewers letting the station know they were unhappy with the switch, “We’ve seen how they value Andy Griffith viewers, now let’s show how much we value News2. NIP IT IN THE BUD starting now: watch ANYTHING at 5:30 but 2 Wants To Know, find another local station for your news and unlike this Facebook page (you can still access it regardless of like/unlike).” Read more

Julie Luck Joins WFMY as Evening Anchor

WFMY has announced Julie Luck will join Frank Mickens as co-anchor for the Gannett-owned Greensboro, NC, CBS affiliate’s evening news.

“Julie Luck is beloved here, a wonderful person, a hugely popular personality and focused journalist,” said WFMY president and general manager Larry Audas. “WFMY News 2 went from very good to great when she walked in the door.”

Luck will replace Tanya Rivera who will launch “2 Wants to Know,” a daily show airing at 5:30 p.m. the station says “will solve viewer problems, get answers and genuinely help people in these tough times.”

Luck’s first day of anchoring the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news will be Thursday, April 25. Read more

Happy National Weatherperson’s Day!

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, and stations all over the country are showing their meteorologists and weathercasters some love (pictured: WWAY anchor Ashley Jacobs and meteorologist Tim Buckley).

According to the NWS, February 5 commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers, in 1744. Jeffries began observing the weather in 1774 and took the first balloon observation in 1784.

“It’s easy to forget that around the clock, dedicated meteorologists and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts to help you plan your day, and issuing warnings to help keep you safe in the event of severe weather,” the NWS says of National Weatherperson’s Day.

After the jump, a sampling of some National Weatherperson’s Day celebrations. Read more

Morning Anchor Bill Burr Out at WCSC

Morning anchor Bill Burr signed off from WCSC this morning after seven years at the Charleston CBS-affiliate. Burr revealed on Twitter that his contract was not renewed.

“Thanks to everyone for your kind words and well wishes,” he wrote after his final broadcast. “I’m humbled by your compliments.”

Prior to joining WCSC, Burr worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro and WBTW in Myrtle Beach. [h/t NewsBlues]

WFMY Adds MMJ Morgan Hightower

WFMY in Greensboro, NC has added Morgan Hightower to its news team. Hightower will serve as a multimedia journalist for the Gannett-owned CBS-affiliate.

Hightower comes to North Carolina from Montgomery, AL, where she worked as an MMJ for ABC-affiliate WNCF.

“Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate the warm welcome,” Hightower wrote on her Facebook page this week, responding to those welcoming her to Greensboro. “I look forward to working for you all, bringing you stories and news that matter most!”

WFMY Revamps Morning Show, Promising to ‘Break the Cookie-Cutter Morning News Formula’

Greensboro CBS-affiliate WFMY is revamping its morning show.

WFMY promises to “break the cookie-cutter morning news formula” with its new iteration of the “Good Morning Show,” which is getting a new team, along with a new format, this spring.

“The ‘Good Morning Show’ has great history in this market, and now a fresh future,” WFMY president and general manager Larry Audas said, announcing the revamp.

The new show will be hosted by meteorologist Eric Chilton and Jackie Fernandez, who recently joined WFMY after working as a feature reporter for ABC’s “World News Now.” Read more

WFMY, WGHP Create Competition at 4:30 a.m.

There will soon be a three-way race at 4:30 a.m. in the Greensboro–High Point–Winston-Salem market.

This week CBS-affiliate WFMY added an extra half-hour to its “Good Morning Show” and Fox-affiliate WGHP is set to expand its morning newscast to 4:30 on Monday.  NBC-affiliate WXII has been starting at 4:30 since 2010.

In addition to expanding to 4:30 this week, WFMY added a new face to its morning team.  Reporter Meghan Packer has joined the established crew of Ed Matthews, Rosemary Plybon, and Tracey McCain, kicking off the show at 4:30.

WGHP’s expanded newscast will continue to be helmed by the longtime anchor duo of Brad Jones and Cindy Farmer.

WFMY: ‘We’re Tired of the Cookie-Cutter, Formulaic, This Is How It’s Always Been Done Television News’

WFMY, the CBS-affiliate in Greensboro, is set to launch a revamped “News 2.0″ in high-definition this weekend.

The station is running promos featuring a focus group (watch above) for the updated newscasts, which will debut at on the evening news this Sunday. “We feel what you’re feeling, and that’s why we’re going to make a difference,” anchor Frank Mickens says, noting the station is through with “cookie-cutter” newscasts. “It’s done. Over with. Say bye.” Read more

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

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