WAGT is now airing local news, produced by WRDW (AGAIN).

WAGT 26 / Augusta, GA – Aiken, SC (“NBC 26”)
WRDW-TV 12 / Augusta, GA – Aiken, SC (“News 12”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: The last two months in the Central Savannah River TV market has been a mess! As I quote famous TV sports show host Gonzalo “Papi” LeBatard (son of Miami Herald columnist and sports talk radio show host, Dan LeBatard) would say… Thank god, this is over.

As of today, Monday March 28th, WRDW 12-produced newscasts on WAGT 26 have since returned. Again, this is a part of the Gray/Schurz merger and it looks like this time, its a done deal. Now, the schedule is a little bit different because not only does it include the original simulcasts on weekdays from 4:30-7:00am and 6:00pm and every night at 11:00pm, it now includes two exclusive weeknight newscasts for WAGT 26: one at 5:30 and another one at 7:00pm.

The reason why it originally stopped in the first place is because Media General won an injunction to resume WJBF 6 (ABC)-produced newscasts on WAGT 26, but the Georgia Supreme Court overthrew that injunction. Before hand, the FCC opened an investigation against Media General and threatened to revoke their broadcast licenses of TV stations that they own across the country because of this issue. WAGT 26 was previously owned by Schurz Communications but operated by Media General under a SSA/JSA, an agreement that took place in 2009 and that the FCC has since banned in 2014.

With the merger now complete and Schurz getting out, the SSA/JSA is gone and the FCC favored Gray during this legal battle, therefore forcing WJBF 6-produced newscasts out of WAGT 26 and kicking back in WRDW 12-produced newscasts. And how do I know that this is the end for good? Media General complied with Gray and WRDW 12 for the “seamless transition” from last Tuesday over to yesterday. In other words… Thank god, this is over.

So from now on, WRDW 12’s news team is on WAGT 26 with simulcasts from WRDW 12 (weekday mornings from 4:30-7:00am, weeknights at 6:00 and nightly at 11:00pm) and exclusive newscasts for WAGT 26 (weeknights at 5:30 and 7:00pm). The only newscast discontinued was WAGT 26’s weekend morning newscast at 9:00am, which was a part of WJBF 6’s produced newscasts. WRDW 12 says that the weekend morning newscast will be discontinued “for the time being.”

Anyways, programming changes were made because of this and this is from a story on WRDW 12’s website:

Will there be any other programming changes?
There will be some weekday programming changes on WAGT beginning March 28, 2016. The Doctors will now be shown at 2:00pm and Dr. Phil will be shown at 4:00pm. The syndicated version of Modern Family will no longer be running weeknights at 7:30. It will be replaced by syndicated episodes of The Big Bang Theory, which will be shown weeknights at two different times: 5:00-5:30 and 7:30-8:00pm. Crime Watch Daily will move from WAGT over to My 12 (WRDW 12.2) at 11:00am.

In other words, here’s the schedule from 2:00-8:00pm:

  • 2:00-3:00 PM: The Doctors
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: Judge Judy
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Dr. Phil
  • 5:00-5:30 PM: The Big Bang Theory
  • 5:30-6:00 PM: NBC 26 News at 5:30
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: News 12 at 6:00
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: NBC Nightly News
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: NBC 26 News
  • 7:30-8:00 PM: The Big Bang Theory

A story on their website also reminds viewers where to find all of WRDW 12 and WAGT 26’s channels and for those who are just lazy to find it, then here’s the list:

WRDW 12 (CBS)

  • Antenna/Over-the-Air:
    • Channel 12.1
  • Comcast Cable:
    • Channels 10 (SD) and 233 (HD)
  • WOW! Cable:
    • Channels 10 (SD) and 902 (HD)
  • Atlantic Broadband:
    • Channels 5 (SD) and 705 (HD)
  • DISH Network and DirecTV:
    • Channel 12 (SD/HD)

“My 12” (WRDW / MyTV)

  • Antenna/Over-the-Air:
    • Channel 12.2
  • Comcast Cable:
    • Channels 21 (SD) and 382 (HD)
  • WOW! Cable:
    • Channel 7 (SD)
  • Atlantic Broadband:
    • Channel 7 (SD)

Antenna TV (WRDW)

  • Antenna/Over-the-Air:
    • Channel 12.3
  • Comcast Cable:
    • Channel 381 (SD)
  • WOW! Cable:
    • Channel 247 (SD)
  • Atlantic Broadband:
    • Channel 247 (SD)

WAGT 26 (NBC)

  • Antenna/Over-the-Air:
    • Channel 26.1
  • Comcast Cable:
    • Channels 8 (SD) and 232 (HD)
  • WOW! Cable:
    • Channels 8 (SD) and 903 (HD)
  • Atlantic Broadband:
    • Channels 2 (SD) and 702 (HD)
  • DISH Network and DirecTV:
    • Channel 26 (SD/HD)

“CW Augusta” (WAGT / CW)

  • Antenna/Over-the-Air:
    • Channel 26.2
  • Comcast Cable:
    • Channels 23 (SD) and 252 (HD)
  • WOW! Cable:
    • Channels 12 (SD) and 907 (HD)
  • Atlantic Broadband:
    • Channels 9 (SD) and 709 (HD)

So this very long story is now over, just as how much I believe this legal battle era for WAGT 26 is now over. Let’s just get back to normal here, please?

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15 thoughts on “WAGT is now airing local news, produced by WRDW (AGAIN).

  1. At least they added newscasts at 4:30am with the simulcast of WRDW Morning News added a 5:30pm newscast and decided to keep the 7:00pm newscast afterall. The First time WRDW controlled WAGT they decided to can the 7:00pm newscast. Maybe part of the deal for WRDW to run WAGT is that they had to add news or keep the current newscasts on WRDW. Maybe people were angry that WAGT cut the newscasts the first time around and they re worked it so that WRDW would keep the news on WAGT. So over all another NBC station adds local newscast.

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  2. I don’t know people in Augusta were pretty angry about WRDW taking over WAGT. People even called for boycott of WRDW News. When there is a hostile takeover like with WRDW/WAGT and people sound off Its pretty bad, but whatever there had to be some wheeling and dealing to WRDW and WAGT I could be wrong but maybe for WRDW to manage WAGT the second time around maybe there had to be some consultation or concession on keeping the news on WAGT

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    • No. It’s because Media General was being threatened for revoking all of their stations’ broadcast licenses by the FCC. From there, Media General had to convene because if otherwise, all MG stations, including your KRQE/KASA, would’ve had to sign-off for good.

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      • I don’t know if KRQE or KASA or WFLA in your state of Florida would be forced to sign off maybe temporarily there would have been another company that would have bought KASA/KRQE and WFLA. If Media General did not comply with the WRDW/WAGT court order Media General might have been forced to go out of business but more then likely there would have been another company to buy KASA/KRQE and WFLA or all Media General Stations would have been transfred to Nexstar right away since Nexstar wants to merge with MG. you also forgot KWBQ and KASY, KRQE also runs both KWBQ and KASY

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  3. The WRDW/WAGT is really politics that goes on in the TV station news business and there is wheeling in dealing in politics and business.

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  4. If they all went off the air there would have been more then likely mayham and chaos in a lot of TV Markets across the Grand United States of America. MG stations being forced to go off the air by the FCC which the FCC is the goverernment is like something that would happen in communist countries or dictatorships not the Grand United States of America

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  5. I don’t know how one station dispute in a small TV market would force all their TV stations to shut down. A bunch of TV stations being forced to all shut down or permanently go off the air by the FCC may be a preview of things with TV stations in the Grand United States of America to come if one Presidential candidate gets elected and gets his way.

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  6. PS: if KRQE and KASA were forced to go off the air more power to KOB-TV and KOAT with both station probably more then likely adding newscast which are both overdue on both KOB and KOAT.

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  7. Also on KRQE and KASA there are messages saying that Media General is in a carriage dispute with DISH Network and if its not resolved by Mach 30th or 31st that if you have DISH Network you won’t be able to watch KASA and KRQE. I don’t know about KWBQ or KASY.

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  8. PS: If KRQE would have been forced to go off the air I would not be able to see Gayle King on CBS This Morning anymore who is a nice tall elegant woman. Since KRQE is a CBS station.

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  9. Media General and Nexstar don’t need the FCC’s wrath, amid their pending merger. As far as that merger goes, and the failed MG merger with Meredith, I could see Meredith possibly acquiring stations in the conflict markets (Roanoke-Lynchburg, Albuquerque, Green Bay, Davenport, Ft. Wayne, Terre Haute, Norfolk, and Lafayette) that’ll have to be divested, if no other media company acquires them. We’ll find out soon.

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  10. There is no Meredith owned TV station in my city of Albuquerque. KASA/KRQE/KWBQ/KASY are owned by Media General, KOB-TV is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, KOAT-TV is owned by Hearst. So it would not affect the ABQ TV Market

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