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Eric Ludgood Joins WAGA as Assistant ND

Two months after his departure from Atlanta’s WGCL, Eric Ludgood has been named assistant news director at rival WAGA.

During his time at WGCL, Ludgood served as news director and as executive producer. He is a former vice president of CNN International who has also worked at WNCN in Raleigh, WXIA in Atlanta and WTVM in Columbus, Ga.

Ludgood begins Tuesday at the Fox O&O.

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News Director Eric Ludgood Out at WGCL

Eric Ludgood is out as news director for WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate for Atlanta.

“Eric Ludgood is no longer with WGCL in Atlanta,” a Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy.  “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Ludgood had been assistant news director at WGCL before leaving for three months in 2010 to work as news director for WNCN in Raleigh, NC.  He returned to WGCL as news director in February 2011 replacing Steve Schwaid.

WGCL vice president and general manager Trey Fabacher told TVSpy the station would begin its search for a news director, “very shortly.”

WGCL Brings ‘Better Mornings’ to The Weekends

WGCL, Atlanta’s CBS affiliate will be expanding its “Better Mornings” show to the weekends, according to ajc.com.

The weekend shows will feature two hosts: reporter Jocelyn Connell and Paul Ossmann.

Ossmann, who worked at WXIA-TV and WAGA-TV over 24 years, is currently serving as the weekend meteorologist for CBS Atlanta. He used to host “Good Day Atlanta” on WAGA-TV from 1992 to 1998.

The pair do not know each other well but Ossmann, who has worked at CBS Atlanta since January, said she’s “very bubbly, very friendly.” She has filled in for Tracye Hutchins, the host for the weekday “Better Mornings.”

The new show begins tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and will air at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Meteorologist Paul Ossmann Joins WGCL, His Third Atlanta Station

Meteorologist Paul Ossmann, a 24-year veteran of the Atlanta market, has joined CBS-affiliate WGCL.

Ossmann was chief meteorologist at WXIA, where he worked for over a decade, when the NBC-affiliate decided to let his contract expire last year.  Before WXIA, Ossmann worked at Atlanta’s Fox station, WAGA.

“We’re happy to add Paul’s experience and expertise to an already strong team of meteorologists,” WGCL news director Eric Ludgood said, in announcing the hiring.  “This further cements our commitment to providing the most comprehensive television weather coverage in Georgia.” Read more

WGCL Asks Political Group to Drop Its Footage From New Herman Cain Ad

Atlanta CBS-affiliate WGCL wasn’t happy to find its footage being used in a new political ad defending embattled presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

The ad, titled “Vindicating Herman Cain,” started being circulated online this week and attempts to show that Cain is telling the truth in denying the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by citing a story WGCL did in early November.

WGCL news director Eric Ludgood told TVSpy today that the station has contacted the political committee behind the ad and asked them to stop using the video, which features an Atlanta private investigator analyzing Cain’s response to Sharon Bialek‘s sexual harassment allegations using special lie detector software.

The political committee (999 Fund) has yet to pull the ad from YouTube or its website.

WGCL Atlanta Adding 9 A.M. News

WGCL CBS Atlanta is expanding its early morning show, “Better Mornings Atlanta” to the 9am hour later this summer.

“We see the 9 a.m. hour as an opportunity to build on the tremendous growth the Better Mornings brand has experienced in the past two years,” news director Eric Ludgood tells B&C. “This expansion into the mid-mornings takes advantage of a time slot where there is only one other local news option for viewers.” That would be “Good Day Atlanta” on WAGA.

The “Better” brand is in line with station owner Meredith’s syndicated Better TV which was launched in 2007. The brand actually goes back to 1927 when the company changed Fruit, Garden and Home magazine to Better Homes and Gardens.

WGCL is also axing its Noon news and moving the national edition of “Better” to the Noon slot.

WGCL currently airs The People’s Court at 9 a.m.