Mike Reed's duopoly of WGBC and WMDN will launch Twin State News beginning Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. WGBC is a Fox affiliate that carries NBC programming on a subchannel and operates WMDN through an LMA.
WGBC, WMDM To Launch Newscasts
Meridian, Miss. Fox affiliate WGBC (which carries NBC on a subchannel) and CBS affiliate WMDN (which WGBC operates through a local management agreement) are launching Twin States News, beginning Sept. 25. Twin States News will air weeknights on CBS 24 and NBC at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and at 9 p.m. on FOX 30.
“Our Fox 30 News @ 9 has been so successful and we’ve had many people ask us when will we begin doing news at other times,” said VP and Regional GM Jon Pollard, “We’re really excited to be bringing viewers another voice for local news, weather and sports in our area.”
The Twin States News team includes anchors Anne Immanuel and Mark Edwards, meteorologists Ross Whitely and Kim Walker and sports anchor Charlie Lapastora, Regional News Director Randy Swan and reporters Ben Lockridge, Jeremey Ford and Chelsea Jones.
Each newscast will offer East Mississippi and West Alabama’s top stories, local sports and a local weather forecast with local reporters delivering stories important to the Twin States. The newscast will offer a fresh and positive perspective on the day’s events and the issues that are important to viewers.
WGBC owner Mike Reed says taking news to the traditional news time periods has been a long time coming.
“We are excited to bring another voice for local news, events and happenings to Meridian and surrounding communities,” Reed said. “It’s a strong community and we want to reflect the great things happening in our newscasts.”
Twin States News will make its inaugural broadcast on Monday, Septe. 25 at 6 p.m. on CBS 24 and NBC 30 and then with new newscasts at 9 p.m. on FOX 30 and at 10 p.m. on CBS 24 and NBC 30.