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DUI Charge Against WRDW’s Chad Mills Dismissed

The DUI charge against WRDW multimedia journalist Chad Mills has been dismissed, according to the station.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s department told WRDW that the arresting deputy made a mistake in charging Mills with DUI. The charges against the multimedia journalist, who was arrested early Sunday morning, have been reduced to a minor traffic violation of “driving left of center and failing to maintain a lane.”

In addition to reporting the news of Mills’ arrest over the weekend, the Augusta CBS-affiliate has reported on the dismissal of the DUI charge. Read more

WRDW Reports on Arrest of MMJ Chad Mills

Chad Mills, a multimedia journalist at WRDW in Augusta, was arrested early Sunday morning after he was spotted driving erratically.

The CBS-affiliate reported the news on Sunday evening’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as in a brief statement on the station’s website.

Mills was arrested under suspicion of DUI, but a breathalyzer showed a blood-alcohol level of .02. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

“As difficult as it is for us to investigate one of our own, we at News 12 hold ourselves to the same standards as the rest of the public,” the statement reads. “Just like any other story we follow, we will keep you updated on this one.”

WRDW Celebrates Retirement Of Beloved Crew Member ‘Mr. Moody’

Charles Moody, a beloved member of the crew at WRDW, retired this week after more than 50 years at the station. The Augusta CBS-affiliate sent him off with a tribute video of all his best moments — both in front of and behind the camera (watch above).

Continuing His Battle with Cancer, Anchor Tom Campbell Retires from WRDW

Veteran anchor Tom Campbell is retiring from WRDW as he continues to battle cancer.

Campbell joined the Augusta CBS-affiliate in December 1995 and most recently worked as a daytime anchor at the station. He has been on leave for the past several months, undergoing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

This week WRDW bid farewell to Campbell, honoring his legacy at the station and in the community (video above).

Video: Weathercaster Receives Awkward On-Air Proposal During WJBF Newscast

Jenna Lee Thomas‘s weather forecast was interrupted Sunday night by a man in a tuxedo. Thomas’s boyfriend Eric surprised her during WJBF‘s evening newscast and slowly got down on one knee (video above).

The station re-aired the surprise on-air proposal during its daytime newscasts on Monday. Eric apparently contacted WJBF anchor Jillian Benfield two weeks ago to begin planning the surprise. [h/t NewsBlues]

Battling Cancer, Anchor Tom Campbell Returns to WRDW and Sits Down for an Interview

Anchor Tom Campbell has been on leave from WRDW as he battles cancer but he recently returned to the newsroom and sat down for an interview with fellow anchor Richard Rogers.

“Many of you have been asking about Tom since he disappeared from the airwaves a few months ago,” Rogers told viewers this week. “And while you miss him here [on TV], we miss having him here, in the newsroom.”

Campbell has been undergoing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“I just feel energized and happy and thankful every time I come here,” Campbell told Rogers, fighting back tears. “This place has been a big part of my life for 16 years.”

Video inside… Read more

Matt Monroe: ‘I Planned On Spending the Next 25 Years At WJBF As Your Weatherman’

Friday was WJBF meteorologist Matt Monroe‘s last day, and in his emotional farewell segment (above), the veteran weathercaster calls himself a “very lucky man.”

“I’ve been here for 14 years,” Monroe said. “It’s been one heck of a run. It was a dream job for me.”

Yesterday, Monroe took to Facebook — as is becoming increasingly common from the ranks of reporters and anchors who see their contracts go un-renewed — to discuss his departure. Monroe writes that with the purchase of a home in Augusta three years ago, he stopped looking for jobs in bigger markets. “I was here for good,” he writes. “I planned on spending the next 25 years at WJBF as your weatherman.” The ABC affiliate, though, apparently saw it differently: Read more

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]

WRDW Becomes First Augusta Station to Broadcast News in HD

On Monday, CBS-affiliate WRDW became the first station in Augusta to broadcast its newscasts in HD.

“I am proud we are the first to serve Augusta’s news viewers in HD,” said John Ray, WRDW’s president and general manager. “We are committed to bringing our viewers the quality only high definition television can offer.”

In August, WRDW paved the way for the change when it began to broadcast its newscasts in the HD-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio. In the coming months, the station plans to also begin broadcasting all of its syndicated programming and commercials in HD.

Ever the local trailblazer, WRDW was also the first Augusta station to broadcast in color.

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