DMA 26 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL To Start Weekday Morning News At 4:30

Beginning Monday, Jan. 12, Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore (DMA 26) will begin its 11 News Today a half-hour earlier, at 4:30 a.m. Jason Newton and Mindy Basara will anchor the newscast, and will be joined by meteorologist Ava Marie and Sarah Caldwell. The broadcast will air from 4:30 to 7 a.m. weekdays, followed […]

DMA 26 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL To Broadcast Gubernatorial Debate

As part of Hearst-owned WBAL Baltimore’s “Commitment 2014” coverage, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan will participate in a one-hour debate on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The debate will be broadcast on WBAL and on its MeTV subchannel. It will also be streamed on the station’s website wbaltv.com and affiliated […]

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WBAL’s Star Spangled Video Gives ‘Goosebumps’

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

Veenendaal Named WBAL Local Sales Manager

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore (DMA 27) today promoted Jennifer Veenendaal to local sales manager.  Veenendaal has been the national sales manager at WBAL for the last two years, and will assume her new responsibilities immediately. Veenendaal has worked in broadcast sales for the last 13 years, most recently coming to WBAL from Hearst Television […]

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

Megan Pringle Joins WBAL Morning Team

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WMAR Improvises To Cover Its Own Story

The biggest story in Baltimore Tuesday happened inside the headquarters of the city’s ABC affiliate, WMAR, but for more than five hours, the reporters at the Scripps station couldn’t get on the air to cover it. They could only relay information via Twitter and the station’s website. As its rivals covered the story, WMAR aired network and syndicated programming until it went black at around 4 p.m. for more than an hour.

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Creative Services Moves In Baltimore, Lancaster

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

WMAR Goes In-Depth To Shake Up 6 P.M.

Yesterday, the Scripps Baltimore ABC affiliate debuted its new ABC2 In Focus that it hopes will be an attractive alternative to the competiton. The half-hour newscast is more “in-depth” than “investigative,” featuring fewer but lengthier stories than typically appear on traditional newscasts.

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL Apologizes For Reports On Mall Shooting

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

How Local TV, Cable Covered Md. Shootings

All the TV stations in Baltimore say they’re the ones to turn to for breaking news. Coverage of a shooting Saturday morning at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead put those promises to the test in a major way. Not everyone passed.

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL Adds Jason Newton To Anchor Desk

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL Adds Miri Marshall As Weathercaster

COMMENTARY BY DAVID ZURAWIK

Baltimore TV News: Better Than You Think

I turned on the TV at noon Wednesday to see how Baltimore stations handled what I was thinking of as fluff: the arrival of the first ships for the Star-Spangled Sailabration. I came away instead impressed with the performance of Baltimore’s top two broadcast news operations, WBAL (pictured) and WJZ, in handling serious breaking news without ignoring the kind of culturally important softer stories that make a city into a community rather than just a TV market.

BALTIMORE SWEEPS

WJZ Tops, WBAL’s Post-Oprah Woes Continue

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL To Debut 10 P.M. News On Subchannel

The Hearst NBC affiliate in Baltimore, which has seen a drop in its year-to-year news audience, is adding another newscast on its WBAL Plus subchannel starting March 5 that will be anchored by Kate Amara.

DMA 27

Is WBAL Baltimore Losing Its News Edge?

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

Donna Hamilton To Co-Anchor At 11 On WBAL

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL TV, Radio Land Ravens For 5 More Years

DMA 27 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL Adding Hour Of News On Subchannel

Baltimore viewers will have an extra hour of locally produced news available starting Oct. 3 when Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL adds 60 minutes to its weekday morning newscast. The newcast will air on ch. 11.2, while NBC’s Today airs on the main channel.

DMA 26 (BALTIMORE)

WBAL Stands Behind Flanagan Suicide Story

The Hearst NBC affiliate is not backing down from its Wednesday-night report by sportscaster Gerry Sandusky linking the suicide of former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and executive Mike Flanagan to him being “despondent” over being perceived as having failed the team and fans during his time in the O’s front office. But police investigators Thursday unequivocally attributed Flanagan’s action to “financial difficulties.”

NEWS ANALYSIS

Are Middle-Age Women Anchors A Target?

The departure last week of Marianne Banister from WBAL Baltimore after 15 years of co-anchoring a team that always finished first or second in its time period raised big questions about the changing face of television news.

DMA 26

Marianne Banister Leaving WBAL After 15+ Years

DMA 26

Baltimore’s Late News Shifting Away From Sports