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‘She Was the Antichrist’: Woman Confesses On Camera to Stabbing Her Mother


Hilary Magacs, a reporter for Knoxville, TN, CBS affiliate WVLT, was covering a stabbing at a local apartment complex when the victim’s daughter walked up and confessed on camera to trying to kill her mother.

Katie Nichols told Magacs she stabbed her mother because she believed her mom was the ringleader of a local satanic cult. “When I left, she was still breathing. I stabbed her three times and she should have died,” said Nichols. “She was still breathing. I don’t know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her, but she was the antichrist – she did not die.”

Nichols’ mother was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Katie Nichols has been charged with attempted first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.

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Weekend Anchor Change at WVLT

wheeless_estrada_cropCasey Wheeless (pictured left) is moving from weekend morning anchor to weekend evening anchor for Knoxville, TN, CBS affiliate WVLT.

Wheeless, who started at WVLT in August, replaces Lorena Estrada (right) who is leaving the station for WSVN in Miami.

A WVLT spokesperon told TVSpy Wheeless will start her new role January 3.

Before working at WVLT, Wheeless was an anchor and producer at WBKO in Bowling Green, KY. Estrada worked at the South Florida News Service before joining WVLT.

Ted Hall Set to Join WVLT in Knoxville

ted hallTed Hall is joining WVLT, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville. Hall comes from WXIA, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, where he has worked for seven years.

“Welcoming Ted Hall back to Knoxville and to the VLT Local 8 News Team!” WVLT anchor Lauren Davis wrote on the station’s Facebook page. “You’ll see his familiar face on VLT in January!!”

Before WXIA, Hall worked at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville. [h/t Access Atlanta]

Carlos Saucedo Joins KXTV From KFSN

carlos saucedo smallAfter two years at KFSN in Fresno, Carlos Saucedo will join KXTV in Sacramento, Media Moves reports.

“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”

Saucedo will sign off from ABC owned KFSN on October 17. He begins at ABC affiliate KXTV on November 11. Before moving to Fresno, he worked at WVLT in Knoxville and KWTX in Waco.

Dean Littleton Named VP-GM at WATE

Dean Littleton is joining WATE, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Knoxville, as vice president and general manager.

Littleton comes from rival WVLT, the CBS and MyNetwork TV affiliate in Knoxville, where he was the vice president and general sales manager. Before joining WVLT, he worked at KUSA in Denver and WBIR in Knoxville.

“I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals.”

Littleton replaces Stan Knott, who has been serving as interim general manager of the station in addition to his role as VP-GM at WKRN, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Nashville.

The official announcement is after the jump. Read more

Erin Barnett, Marco Villarreal Named Morning Co-Anchors at WVLT

Erin Barnett and Marco Villarreal have been named morning co-anchors at WVLT, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

Barnett joins the station from WSLS in Roanoke, Va., where she was a general assignment reporter. Villarreal most recently worked as a general assignment reporter at KTNV in Las Vegas. They replace Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva, who signed off from WVLT Friday.

Allie Spillyards, who moves to weekdays from the weekend anchor desk, will handle the headlines and breaking news. Heather Haley will continue as the weekday morning meteorologist.

Watch a promo for the new morning show after the jump. Read more

Bob Yarbrough, Michele Silva Anchor Final WVLT Broadcast

WVLT morning co-anchors Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva both anchored their final broadcast at the Knoxville CBS affiliate this morning (video above).

“A lot of exciting things are happening here at Channel 8. One of them being that we’re finally going to be able to get some sleep,” Silva joked on their final broadcast.

Silva is transitioning to a behind-the-scenes position as WVLT director of promotions and community service. Yarbrough is planning to remain in the area and expand a radio news and sports network he launched six years ago. He said he is eager to spend more time with his two young daughters, which his schedule has made difficult.

WVLT Adds Weekend Morning Newscast

Knoxville CBS affiliate WVLT is launching a weekend morning newscast later this month, the station confirmed to TVSpy.

The hourlong newscast will debut April 20 at 7 a.m. Allie Spillyards (pictured), a multimedia journalist at WVLT, will anchor alongside meteorologist Mike Simon.

The show will be the earliest locally-produced newscast in the Knoxville market.

Gray Names New GMs in Lexington and Greenville: Mossman to WKYT, Gentner Promoted at WITN

After five years as general manager of WITN in Greenville, Chris Mossman will move within Gray Television to take over as GM of WKYT in Lexington.

Mossman will also serve as regional vice president of Gray’s Kentucky and Tennesse stations, which include WBKO in Bowling Green, WYMT in Hazard and WVLT in Knoxville.

Mark Gentner, who has been general sales manager at WITN since 2007, will be promoted to general manager at the NBC affiliate. In his new role, he will oversee the final stages of construction on WITN’s new studio building in Greenville, N.C. Read more

Anchor Angela Starke Leaving WVLT for Job with New Knoxville Mayor

WVLT anchor-reporter Angela Starke is leaving the CBS-affiliate for a position in Knoxville mayor-elect Madeline Rogero‘s administration.

Rogero, who was declared the first female mayor of Knoxville earlier this month, announced today that she had appointed Starke senior director of communications.

Before joining WVLT, Starke worked as a reporter for WJLA in D.C.

In announcing the appointment, Rogero said that Starke brings “an understanding of what the media needs to cover city government.”

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