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Why does WILM show WRAL newscasts instead of their own newscast?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. Why does WILM show WRAL newscasts instead of their own newscast? I know they’re owned by Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh, but why don’t they operate their own newscast?

A. “Regarding building a local news department permanently, we have several projects in front that were delayed because of the recent economic conditions. We do not have plans on building a newscast here anytime soon. Time will tell,” said Constance Knox, general manager of WILM-TV.

Knox said that a news department “is the most expensive part of a television station.”

“Not only is it a huge expense to maintain, but it is a huge undertaking getting it started,” she said.

When circumstances dictate, the resources of Raleigh-based WRAL-TV news are focused on the Wilmington area, Knox said.

“We have incredible coverage during times of emergencies such as hurricanes, when the award winning WRAL news team comes down here and dots the coast with live feeds through our facilities. Additionally, we have teamed up with our Sunrise radio partners to collectively provide information during emergencies,” Knox said.

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