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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.