Jacksonville, North Carolina
|Branding||NewsChannel 12 HD|
|Slogan||Getting the Facts Right|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
12.2 Live Well Network
|Owner||Bonten Media Group, LLC
(North Carolina License Holdings, Inc.)
|First air date||September 7, 1963|
|Call letters' meaning||Continental Television Incoporated (former owner)|
|Sister station(s)||WFXI / WYDO|
|Former callsigns||WNBE-TV (1963-1970)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1963-2009)
Digital: 48 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||UPN (on DT3)
Independent (on DT3, 2006-2009)
This TV (on DT3, 2009-2013)
|Transmitter power||38.7 kW|
WCTI-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Inner Banks area of Eastern North Carolina that is licensed to New Bern. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Trenton along NC 41. Owned by the Bonten Media Group, the station operates Fox affiliates WFXI/WYDO (owned by Esteem Broadcasting of North Carolina, LLC) through a shared services agreement (SSA). The stations share studios in the Glenburnie Gardens section of New Bern. Syndicated programming on WCTI includes: Live with Kelly and Michael, Inside Edition, The Queen Latifah Show, Judge Judy, Bethenny, & The Dr. Oz Show.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|12.1||720p||16:9||Main WCTI-TV programming / ABC|
|12.2||480i||4:3||Live Well Network|
Prior to September 18, 2006, WCTI-DT3 was a UPN affiliate known on-air as "UPN 48" after the digital channel number. When UPN and The WB merged into The CW, CBS affiliate WNCT-TV chose to carry the network on a new second digital subchannel. After losing UPN, WCTI-DT3 became an Independent known as "ENC-TV". This aired syndicated programming such as: Trivial Pursuit: America Plays, Family Feud, Entertainment Studios, and Extra. Weeknights at 8, there was a prime time movie. At one point, "ENC-TV" maintained a website at "enc.tv" but this was abandoned. In late-Summer 2009, WCTI-DT3 began to add programming from This TV eventually becoming a full-time affiliate. On November 1, 2013, This TV dropped in favor of Weigel Broadcasting-owned subchannels, and replaced with Movies! on WCTI-DT3.
On August 23, 2011, Disney-ABC Television Group announced that WCTI will carry Live Well Network as part of an affiliation agreement with Bonten Media Group; the network is on digital subchannel 12.2.
Nathan Frank, a businessman from Henderson, had filed an application for channel 13 in New Bern in 1954. However, final approval was delayed for almost seven years due to numerous challenges. The Army, Navy and Air Force were concerned that the proposed 1,000-foot (300 m) tower on Glenburnie Drive would interfere with the operations of the numerous military installations located in Eastern North Carolina. Several airlines and pilot associations also expressed concerns about the tower.
A new problem arose in 1958, when the Federal Communications Commission dropped in a channel 13 allocation in Hampton, Virginia to give the Hampton Roads area a third VHF station; WVEC-TV moved there from channel 15 shortly afterward. To alleviate concerns about short-spacing, the channel 13 allocation for New Bern was moved to channel 12. Almost immediately, WRVA-TV in Richmond, Virginia (now WWBT) raised concerns of its own about short-spacing. All objections were eventually overcome by 1961, and the station took to-the-air on September 7, 1963 as WNBE-TV. The calls became WCTI-TV in 1970. The station has been an ABC affiliate since its inception. When it signed-on, the Greenville/Washington/New Bern market became one of the smallest DMAs in the country with three commercial network affiliates.
In 1980, WCTI erected a 2,000-foot (610 m) tower north of Trenton. The new tower expanded the station's secondary coverage as far east as the Outer Banks, as far south as Wilmington and as far west as the Triangle (including Rocky Mount and much of eastern Raleigh). The station's original tower at its New Bern studios is still used as a backup. The 1,000-foot tower south of Trenton the station had used prior to their move to the new site on NC 41 now holds the antenna for WSFL-FM 106.5.
Lamco Communications owned the station from the 1980s to 2001, when it was sold to Bluestone Television. In 2007, Bluestone merged with Bonten Media Group.
On November 6 of that year, it was announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the sale of certain WFXI/WYDO assets by Piedmont Television to the Bonten Media Group. As part of the deal, WFXI moved from its longtime home on Arendell Street (U.S. 70) in Morehead City to WCTI's facilities in New Bern. In 2000, WCTI launched the first over-the-air digital station in the market on UHF channel 48. A high definition feed was launched on DirecTV on January 30, 2009. It is also available on satellite through Dish Network. In 2009, WCTI-TV returned its digital broadcasts to its analog channel number, 12.
Generally, ABC affiliate WCTI and NBC affiliate WITN-TV trade the ratings crown. As of July 2008, WNCT was the ratings leader in the market after taking first place weeknights at 6 and 11. But since then WNCT has fallen to 3rd place at 6 p.m. The nightly 10 o'clock newscast on WFXI/WYDO, originally known as Fox News at 10, was produced by WNCT until December 2007. In January 2008 after Bonten started its management of the two stations, it was replaced with a rebroadcast of WCTI's nightly 6 o'clock show. It then relaunched a 10 p.m. broadcast produced by this station with a new news music graphics package on January 28.
On June 27, 2010, the station began airing local newscasts in high definition becoming the first in the area to do so. The show on WFXI/WYDO was included in the upgrade. In addition to its main studios, WCTI operates bureaus in Jacksonville (on Johnson Boulevard), Winterville (on Old Tar Road covering Greenville), and Morehead City. During weather segments, the channel uses live NOAA National Weather Service radar data from the Local Forecast Office on Roberts Road in Newport. On-air, this is known as "StormTrack 12 Live Doppler HD".
On August 15, 2011, WCTI launched a new 5:30 p.m. newscast. With this newest addition, WCTI and sister stations WFXI/WYDO will now offer over 30 hours of local news per week.
- Anna Bulszewicz - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
- Jon Erickson - weekend evenings and reporter
- Wes Goforth - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
- Kyle Horan - weekend mornings
- Jaime McCutcheon - weeknights at 5:30
- Brian North - weeknights at 5:30
- Valentina Wilson - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
- Drew Hinesley - Sports Anchor
StormTrack12 HD Meteorologists
- Skip Waters - Chief seen weeknights
- Ellen Becca - weekend nights
- Jonathan Weant- weekend mornings
- Les Still (CBM Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
- Amanda Brannon
- Mike Valerio
- Christy Andrews
- Kyle Horan
- TV-12 Action News (1970s-1980s)
- TV-12 News (1980s-2005)
- NewsChannel 12 (2005-present)
- Catch 12
- The News Leader
- Coverage You Can Count on
- Getting the Facts Right
- Catch 5 by Gari Media Group (19??-19??)
- Hello News by Gari Media Group (19??-19??)
- Action News by Tuesday Productions (19??-1993)
- Production Music: The Winning Instant by Killer Tracks (1993-1997)
- Primetime News by Non-Stop Music (1997-2003)
- Pinnacle by Stephen Arnold Music (2003-2005)
- WWL News by Stephen Arnold Music (2005-2010)
- Heart of the City by inthegroovemusic (2010-present)
- Live Well Adds 7 Affils, Tops 40% Clearance, TVNewsCheck, August 23, 2011.
- http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6579887.htmlLink 3
- http://www.wcti12.com/news/28827205/detail.html WCTI Announces Addition Of 5:30 p.m. Newscast
- WCTI-TV website
- WCTI-TV mobile
- WCTI-DT3 This TV
- WFXI/WYDO "Fox Eastern Carolina"
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCTI-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WCTI-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WCTI-TV