A small minor newscast change… #69

WILM-LD 10 / Wilmington, NC (“CBS 10 WILM”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small change to report from Coastal North Carolina, but the change could be short lived come 2017.

Recently, WILM 10 has added a simulcast of WRAL 5 (NBC) in Raleigh’s Sunday morning newscast at 8:00am. WRAL News Sunday Morning can now be seen in the Wilmington area for an hour from 8:00-9:00am, but the 7:00am hour is not seen on WILM 10 as that remains exclusive to WRAL 5. In terms of competition, its the ONLY weekend morning newscast at that timeslot in the area since WECT 6 (NBC)’s Sunday morning newscast doesn’t begin until 9:00am.

However, this new addition could potentially be short lived as of yesterday, it was announced that WILM 10 is expected to lose its CBS affiliation on January 1st, 2017 and is expected to move to WWAY 3.2, the current home of The CW, which will then move to WWAY 3.3. WWAY 3.1 will continue to be the home for ABC. This leaves WILM 10 without a major affiliation left as WWAY 3 will now be home to ABC, CBS and CW with WECT 6 for NBC, WSFX 26 for FOX and analog station W47CK / “WMYW” 47 for MyNetwork TV.

With this affiliation change, this could mean that WILM 10 could drop all simulcasts from WRAL 5’s newscasts, even though both WILM 10 and WRAL 5 are owned and operated by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company. Programming plans would be announced in the fall but its potentially probably the case that WILM 10 would become an Independent with Me-TV on 10.2, but we’ll see how this goes.

Other than this, there are no other major additions or expansions to report on at this time. If anything changes with WILM 10 in terms of newscasts due to the loss of CBS, this blog will surely let you know.


7 thoughts on “A small minor newscast change… #69

  1. I wonder if WILM dropping its CBS affiliation has anything to do with WRAL now being an NBC Station? When WILM drops its CBS affiliation they still could simulcast of of WRAL newscasts maybe all their newscasts like their 7:00a-8:00a, 8:00a-9:00a and 10:00p newscasts from WRAZ, and noon, 12:30p, 4:00p, 5:00p, 5:30p, from WRAL. The open schedule once WILM goes independent might make more room for WILM to simulcast WRAZ morning and 10:00p newscast, If WILM dedcides to go this route by deciding to air both WRAL and WRAZ newscasts then god bless the local news, but like you said well see.


  2. PS: In a WMFL universe WRAL-TV 5 would be a WMFL owned TV station and its call letters would be WRDF-TV 5 , Raleigh – Durham – Fayetteville: WRDF ** Channel 5 (Independent; WRDF News)


  3. PS: Also in a WMFL universe Time Warner Cable News Channel or formally News 14 would be a WMFL owned cable news channel called News 2 Carolinas. News 2 Carolinas is a 24-hour TV news service offered in North Carolina & in South Carolina, USA by WMFL Corporation. There are News 2 Carolinas channels in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, Columbia, Charleston & Myrtle Beach-Florence each primarily with local content but some content of statewide(s)’ interest is shared. A regular feature is “Weather on the 2’s”, which gives a local weather forecast every 10 minutes.

    It’s Piedmont Triad channel debuted on September 25th, 2006. It launched a Wilmington channel on August 18th, 2008

    WMFL Corporation planned to debut the 24-hour local news channel in December of 2001 in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro & Charleston, reaching 450,000 subscribers. After the September 11th attacks in 2001, Ron Johnson, the channel’s GM, said the debut would happen in February or in March of 2002. This was because the station’s employees needed training that would have taken place @ new studios for NYNC in New York City, but NYNC was concentrating on coverage of the attacks & had not yet moved into it’s new studios. News 2 Carolinas finally made it’s debut March 22, 2002. Reporters used digital cameras instead of videotape, downloading their stories. Sets however, looked similar to those @ conventional TV stations.

    Plans were made to add Charlotte & 8 surrounding counties in June. A 2-story addition to the Time Warner building on East Morehead Street housed “the nation’s most technically advanced newsroom”, with digital video that reporters could edit @ their desks & robot cameras. In addition, Gastonia & Salisbury had bureaus. After 9 months of preparation, the Charlotte operation began on June 14th, with Jim Newman as news director.

    Jack Smith, president of WMFL Corporation’s Greensboro cable division, said that if the Charlotte & Raleigh operations did well, a Greensboro news channel was likely.

    After 2 years on the air, the Charlotte operation’s web site won an Edward R. Murrow award for best web site among large-market TV stations.

    In 2004, WMFL Corporation had to force the Charlotte operation to cut costs by moving administrative, production & master control jobs to Raleigh & closing the Salisbury & Gastonia bureaus, resulting in the loss of about 50 jobs


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