Wilmington NBC-affiliate WECT is officially done with a major renovation project upgrading the studio set, newsroom and greenroom.
The project was approved by WECT’s parent company, Raycom Media, at the end of last year. The studio set was finished over the summer, in the first phase of construction, and the newsroom and green room were next.
More pictures via WECT’s website after the jump. Read more
“I understand what we are doing makes people uncomfortable,” WWAY general manager Andy Combs told StarNewsOnline recently about his station’s newfound commitment to muckraking. “People in this market have not seen this by any news outlet in decades.”
In a profile of WWAY’s in-your-face reporting under news director Scott Pickey (pictured), who joined the Wilmington CBS-affiliate in January 2010, StarNewsOnline points out that WWAY has had to develop a different approach to local news reporting in order to compete with perrenial ratings powerhouse WECT.
“I can’t create an anchor that has been in this market for 30 years or afford an anchor with a six-figure salary,” Pickey told StarNewsOnline. “We decided we would focus on content and making a difference that way. We saw a huge opportunity to dig a little more. We’re going to focus on real stories that may have a harder edge to them.” Read more
“I’m really excited,” Elliott said. “I’m really grateful to WWAY for giving me the chance to get back to doing something I love: being part of this incredible community.”
Elliot spent 14 years with WECT before leaving the station so that he could be closer to his brother, who lives in Kentucky.
“We have a great news team and a great weather team in place. George’s presence and personality are the icing on the cake,” said Scott Pickey, WWAY’s news director.
After a week of aggressively covering the questionable business practices of R3 Environmental, Wilmington’s WWAY finally received a response from the local waste management company. Although it wasn’t the type of message that the ABC-affiliate was probably expecting.
In response to WWAY’s search for answers, including a running tally of how many days R3′s CEO has been MIA, the company took to its infrequently used Facebook page on Thursday and posted a definition of Yellow Journalism.
Some background: Back in July, New Hanover County chose R3, a local start-up that said it had devised a revolutionary way to convert garbage into biofuel, to manage the area’s trash operations. But after finalizing the agreement in September, R3 has had to continually ask for extensions on its clean-up plan. On March 2nd, the company announced that it could not meet the newest deadline of April 2nd.
While garbage continued to pile up, waiting for R3 to take action, WWAY began looking for answers. Read more