Newsroom Brawl Lands WCCB Anchor Brien Blakely in Hospital

By Andrew Gauthier 

Anchor Brien Blakely spent Tuesday evening at a Charlotte emergency room instead of the WCCB anchor desk after getting into a violent altercation with a news producer.

Moments before WCCB’s 10 p.m. newscast, Blakely got into an argument with a producer that escalated into a physical brawl.  During the fight, Blakely, who joined the Charlotte Fox-affiliate in 2005, was sent flying over a desk.  His nose was badly cut during the fall and he was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.

Police were called to the scene but no charges were filed.


“I was protecting the honor and integrity of our station,” Blakely told the Charlotte Observer about the fight.

The news producer walked out of the station after the altercation as Blakely went to the hospital.  Both men were not at work on Wednesday.

WCCB has had its fair share of turmoil recently.  In December, news director Ken White was arrested for walking off with a bag of groceries at an area supermarket.

While the station is not commenting on the fight, Blakely says that the incident is behind him.

“These things happen,” he told the Observer. “It’s over. We’re buddies again.”

Here’s Blakely’s WCCB video bio: