WIAT Birmingham Shuffles Anchor Talent

MARKET SHARE | 43: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WIAT Hosts Telethon To Help Tornado Victims

DMA 44: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WIAT Meteorologist Mark Prater Gone

DMA 44: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WIAT Weather Promo Blends Serious, Casual

DMA 45: BIRMINGHAM, AL

Jimmy Cromwell Named VP-GM Of WIAT

Media General moves the veteran broadcast executive from head of its Mississippi stations in Jackson and Hattiesburg to run its CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Ala.

DMA 45: BIRMINGHAM, AL

WIAT Adds Art Franklin To Morning News

Journalist Art Franklin has joined Media General’s CBS WIAT Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 45) He will lead a team of journalists as they deliver Storm Track weather, traffic reports as well as breaking news and stories that affect families in Central Alabama. His first day on the CBS 42 Morning News will be Monday, Feb. 8. Franklin is […]

DMA 45: BIRMINGHAM, AL

Erik Schrader Named President-GM Of WIAT

Media General moves the head of its Wichita NBC affiliate to take over leadership of its CBS affil in Birmingham, Ala., following the promotion of Helen Swenson.

DMA 45 (BIRMINGHAM, AL)

News Director Bill Payer Out At WIAT

He announced his departure in an email to station staffers today. He has been the news director at the Birmingham, Ala., CBS affiliate since 2006.

DMA 45 (BIRMINGHAM, AL)

LIN Names Helen Swenson GM Of WIAT

The former Weather Channel SVP is brought in to succeed Bill Ballard at the Birmingham, Ala., CBS affiliate.

DMA 45

Bill Ballard Out As WIAT Birmingham GM

Bill Ballard, who helped rebuild LIN’s CBS affiliate WIAT Birmingham, Ala., from a perennial ratings doormat into one of the stronger CBS stations in the country, was released after his contract expired Friday. Ballard had been the president and general manager since 2003.

DMAS 155 & 42

Melissa Kim Leaves WLBZ For WIAT

DMA 42 (BIRMINGHAM, AL)

Natalie Tejeda Joining WIAT As Anchor-Reporter

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Stations Uncover Scary, Dangerous, Nasty

Here’s another small sampling of the investigative reporting being done at stations. The stories turned up breaches of airport security in Nashville; abbreviated prison sentences in Indiana; industrial pollution in North Birmingham, Ala.; and uncertified, previously owned mattresses in Detroit.

DIGITAL DMAS (39)

As Paper Trims, Birmingham Turns To Digital

In Birmingham, Ala., planned cutbacks at the market’s daily, the Advance Publications-owned Birmingham News, have readers turning their attention to the city’s online news outlets, including TV sites, an innovative pureplay and Advance’s own three-paper website.

DMAS 40 & 135

WIAT, WSAW Among RTDNA/UNITY Winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color announced on Wednesday seven winners of the 2011 RTDNA/UNITY award, which honors outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.