John Steed retired from WBTV Charlotte, N.C., after spending 51 years behind a wide range of cameras. From film to video, from news to commercials, Steed has shot it all. “I am a little different animal,” Steed says. “I like change. I like learning new things. In fact, I told people if I don’t learn something new every day I feel like it has not been a good day.”
New TV job openings posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include opportunities at stations owned by Gray, NBC, Meredith, Cox and Graham in Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio and the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area of Michigan.
WBTV Charlotte social media star Kristen Hampton opens up about how she purposefully hid the fact that she was gay from her audience for years. What happened — and what didn’t — when she finally came out.
She will succeed Dennis Milligan after his retirement on May 24.
Molly Grantham has been an award-winning anchor and reporter at WBTV Charlotte, N.C., for the past 15 years. For starters, she’s won two Emmys for her work; she was named the RTDNAC TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas in 2011; she’s reported on issues from gangs and terrorism to kids facing uphill medical battles; and she anchors the evening newscasts for WBTV. But she’s also a mother, and she’s not afraid to use social media to talk about the struggles that come with being a full-time working mom.
The winners of TVNewsCheck’s first Social Media Excellence Awards describe how their stations have been able to monetize various experiments in targeting social media audiences that go beyond just repeating what’s in their news broadcasts. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
WBTV’s Kristen Hampton took top honors in the talent category in TVNewsCheck’s inaugural Social Media Excellence Awards. Charlotte viewers appreciate her authenticity, she says. “That’s pretty much all me.”
To honor innovative, creative and effective use of social media, this year’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 10 will present the first Social Media Excellent Awards to WTVT Tampa, Fla.; KCCI Des Moines, Iowa; Josh Johnson of WSFA Montgomery, Ala.; and Kristen Hampton of WBTV Charlotte, N.C. After accepting their awards, winners will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Kim Wilson of Social News Desk.
Scott Dempsey remains GM of the group’s WBTV Charlotte and will now have oversight of WIS Columbia, S.C.; WTOC Savannah, Ga.; and WFXG Augusta, Ga.
The United States will experience a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse Aug. 21 — the first in 99 years. For the reporters, anchors and news crews at local TV stations, coverage of the celestial event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With just under two months to go, many stations are deep into their coverage planning.
Maureen O’Boyle has agreed to a new multiyear contract extension with Raycom-owned CBS affiliate WBTV Charlotte, N.C (DMA 22). O’Boyle co-anchors WBTV News weekdays at 5 and 6 p.m., plus the 7 p.m. WBTV News Primetime. “We are delighted to have Maureen locked in with WBTV for the future,” said Scott Dempsey, VP-GM of WBTV. […]
Raycom moves him from WTOC Savannah to succeed the promoted Nick Simonette as VP-GM of the North Carolina CBS affiliate.
Raycom’s North Carolina CBS affiliate debuts new news set from FX Design Group using both a hard set and a virtual set.
While its past success rate is poor and its viability is uncertain, television news targeted to African-American viewers is an idea that’s being tried — both locally and nationally — once again. WBTV Charlotte, N.C., is producing three hours a day of news that airs on its Bounce network subchannel. Other diginets, including Soul of the South and the Black Television News Channel are also working on daily national newscasts.
The evening newscast produced by Raycom’s Charlotte, N.C.’s CBS affiliate has moved from its current slot on Capitol Broadcasting’s CW affil WJZY to Capitol’s MNT outlet, WMYT.