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Jeffries makes the move from WCTI, the ABC-affiliate in Greenville, NC. She was hired as the Greenville bureau chief in April 2010 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in May 2011. Prior to joining WCTI, she worked at WHIZ, the NBC-affiliate in Zanesville, OH.
“I won’t disappear from the airwaves here at WNCT,” Hoffman said in his on-air announcement. “I hope to provide specialty reports from time to time, but I feel this is a good opportunity to step back and spend more time with my family.”
Hinesley was a sports reporter at WCYB in Bristol, VA, for just seven months before joining WCTI. Prior to that, he spent six years as a caddy on the LPGA tour.
Hinesley first appeared on WCTI Monday, delivering a report about Bubba Watson‘s victory at the Masters.
WCTI, the ABC affiliate for Eastern North Carolina, is adding another half-hour of news to their lineup. The new show will air at 5:30 p.m. and debut on August 15.
“We are excited about bringing the Greenville, New Bern and Jacksonville market this 5:30 p.m. newscast,” VP-GM Lyle Schulze said in a statement. “Local news is the signature of Bonten Media Group and WTCI-WFXI-WYDO … we are thrilled to provide our viewers and advertisers with even more local news and content.”
The station currently airs “Inside Edition” in the 5:30 p.m. timeslot.
The WFXI-WYDO duopoly is operated by the Bonten Media Group and covers the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC, market. McCutcheon will co-anchor the 10 p.m. broadcast with Brian North.
McCutcheon is a University of Georgia graduate who plans to spend time at the beach with her husband and daughter when she’s not on the air.
The side-by-side comparison is striking: two promos, one from Boston’s WCVB and the other from WNCT in eastern North Carolina, that both hype an upcoming series titled “Assignment: Afghanistan” using a nearly identical script.