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WFXG General Manager Barry Barth to Retire

WFXG vice president and general manager Barry Barth will retire at the end of the year after more than 50 years in the television business.

Barth has been VP-GM of WFXG, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Augusta, since 2003. He has also worked as VP-GM of KREM in Spokane and KGPE in Fresno. He began his career as a switchboard operator and runner at WNDU in South Bend when he was 15. His son, Kevin Barth, is the vice president and director of sales at WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City.

“Barry has worked tirelessly on behalf of Raycom and for the people of the Greater Augusta Area,” Leon Long, Raycom’s senior vice president of television, said in a statement. “We wish him well as he begins the next chapter in his life.”  Read more

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WFXG Plans New, In-House 10 p.m. News For Fall

In a shift that will make the 10 p.m. newscast an in-house operation, WFXG will debut a relaunched evening broadcast this fall.

WFXG, the Augusta Fox affiliate, currently relies on WJBF, the ABC affiliate, to supply content for it’s 10 p.m. broadcast. WJBF also has a shared services agreement with WAGT, the Augusta NBC affiliate.

The relaunched program will be produced in-house by WFXG. According to The Augusta Chronicle, that switch will happen on October 1. “We’re building out a newsroom right now,” station manager Barry Barth told The Chronicle, adding that the decision was not because WFXG was displeased with WJBF’s program. “It is just time for us to get in the news business ourselves.”

Barth said the station is currently on the lookout for new personnel, laptops, camera gear and a broadcast truck. The revamped newscast will involve other Raycom stations near Augusta — Savannah, Columbia and Charleston, according to The Chronicle — so the show will have a regional focus.

Raycom Media Set to Acquire Augusta’s WFXG

Raycom Media is close to finalizing a deal to acquire Augusta’s WFXG, which the station group has been operating through a shared services agreement since 2003.

Raycom, which owns 38 stations located mostly in the southeast, has submitted an application for consent to the FCC, listing the sale price as $17,837,520.

WFXG, a Fox-affiliate, has been owned by Southeastern Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Community Newspaper Holdings, since December 2003.

Raycom currently owns three other stations in Georgia: Savannah’s WTOC, Columbus’s WTVM, and Albany’s WALB.

[h/t TVNewsCheck]