In a shift that will make the 10 p.m. newscast an in-house operation, WFXG will debut a relaunched evening broadcast this fall.
WFXG, the Augusta Fox affiliate, currently relies on WJBF, the ABC affiliate, to supply content for it’s 10 p.m. broadcast. WJBF also has a shared services agreement with WAGT, the Augusta NBC affiliate.
The relaunched program will be produced in-house by WFXG. According to The Augusta Chronicle, that switch will happen on October 1. “We’re building out a newsroom right now,” station manager Barry Barth told The Chronicle, adding that the decision was not because WFXG was displeased with WJBF’s program. “It is just time for us to get in the news business ourselves.”
Barth said the station is currently on the lookout for new personnel, laptops, camera gear and a broadcast truck. The revamped newscast will involve other Raycom stations near Augusta — Savannah, Columbia and Charleston, according to The Chronicle — so the show will have a regional focus.