WRDW Simulcasting News on WAGT Again

By Kevin Eck Comment

Gray TV is operating its new Augusta, Ga., NBC affiliate WAGT again.

WAGT has been simulcasting news from CBS affiliate WRDW since yesterday.

On Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court granted Gray a stay, allowing it to retake control of the NBC affiliate from Media General, which maintains it still has a contract to operate the station.

WRDW began producing a simulcast newscast immediately after the sale of the station to Gray was approved by the FCC in February. Ten days after the switch, a Superior court judge issued an injunction against Gray and the newscast moved back to the newsroom operated by Media General at its building shared by its ABC affiliate WJBF.

“The anchors and reporters seen on NBC 26 were not employed by Schurz Communications/NBC 26, but are currently employed by WJBF’s parent company Media General, which until March 26, 2016 had been overseeing the WAGT newsroom,” WRDW said in an FAQ on its website.

The nbc26.tv website, which was operated by the Media General version of WAGT, has been taken down.

Here’s some of the FAQ:

Where will I be able to watch WAGT NBC 26?
You will still be able to see NBC 26 on the channel you are used to, including the over-the-air digital channel, along with cable, and satellite providers. (See a full channel list below.)

Will there still be local news on NBC 26?
Yes. WRDW News 12 will simulcast its local news broadcasts on NBC 26 throughout the day, including weekday mornings 4:30am-7am, weeknights at 5:30, 6:00, 7:00, and 11pm, and 11pm on weekends. The 5:30pm and 7:00pm newscasts will be exclusive, standalone programs for NBC26. The NBC 26 weekend morning news will be discontinued for the time being.

Who will be on the newscasts?
Newscasts will be brought to you by a combined NBC 26 & News 12 news team. Our news team is growing and we’re adding anchors, reporters, producers, and a meteorologist as part of our commitment to bring viewers the in-depth coverage of news important to you and your families.

Why am I not seeing WAGT anchors and reporters I used to watch on NBC 26?
The anchors and reporters seen on NBC 26 were not employed by Schurz Communications/NBC 26, but are currently employed by WJBF’s parent company Media General, which until March 26, 2016 had been overseeing the WAGT newsroom.

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