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As of today, WAGT, Augusta, Ga.,’s NBC affiliate, is part of Gray TV. The takeover follows the Gray’s acquisition of Schurz Communications last September. Also, as of today, Gray-owned WRDW, the CBS affiliates in Augusta, is simulcasting its news programs on WAGT. The 2 and a half hour morning show, the 6pm news and the 11pm newscast will now be seen on both stations. Gray is canceling WAGT’s weekend morning and weeknight 7 p.m. newscasts as of today.
Sources tell TVSpy the changes mean WAGT employees are out of jobs. We are awaiting a statement from Gray for more information. But WRDW says the acquisition will allow it to expand. “The addition of WAGT positions WRDW to offer additional resources to promote community events and the missions of local non-profit organizations,” a statement on its website reads.
WAGT anchors Jay Jeffries and Barclay Bishop (pictured), who, until today, were anchors of the NBC26 morning show, asked viewers to file complaints with the FCC. They also encouraged viewers to watch ABC affiliate WJBF. WATCH: