|New Orleans, Louisiana
|Branding||Fox 8 (general)
Fox 8 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Louisiana's Home Team (general)
Your First Choice For News (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
8.2 Bounce TV
|Owner||Louisiana Media Company
(operated through SSA by
(Louisiana Media Company, LLC)
|First air date||November 1, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||"Vue" is the French word for "View"|
|Former callsigns||WJMR-TV (1953–1959)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
61 (UHF, 1953–1956)
20 (UHF, 1956–1959)
13 (VHF, 1959–1962)
12 (VHF, 1962–1970)
8 (VHF, 1970–2008)
8 (VHF, 2008–2010)
ABC (1953–1995, secondary until 1957)
NTA Film Network (1957–1961)
RTV (8.2, 2010–2011)
|Transmitter power||850 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WVUE-DT, virtual channel 8 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The station is owned by the Louisiana Media Company (which is controlled by Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL and New Orleans Pelicans NBA franchises); Raycom Media operates WVUE under a shared services agreement.
WVUE maintains primary studio facilities located on Jefferson Davis Parkway in the city's Gert Town section, with a secondary studio located within the Benson Tower in downtown New Orleans; its transmitter is located on Paris Road/Highway 47 in Chalmette. On cable, WVUE is available on Cox Communications channel 9 in standard definition, and in high definition on digital channel 1009.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early years with ABC and CBS
The station first signed on the air on November 1, 1953 as WJMR-TV; it was the second television station to sign on the air in the New Orleans market (behind WDSU-TV (channel 6), which signed on in December 1948) and the third in Louisiana (behind WDSU and Baton Rouge's WAFB, which signed on in April 1953). Originally broadcasting on UHF channel 61, it was moved to channel 20 on July 20, 1955. It originally operated as a primary CBS and secondary ABC affiliate. During 1957 and 1958, WJMR-TV had simulcast its signal on VHF channel 12, using the call sign KK2XFW. When WWL-TV (channel 4) signed on in September 1957, WWL took over the CBS affiliation because of WWL radio's longtime affiliation with the CBS Radio Network, leaving WJMR with ABC.
The station moved to VHF channel 13 on January 13, 1959 and subsequently changed its call letters to WVUE on February 1. The station moved to channel 12 on September 6, 1962 due to interference with Biloxi, Mississippi ABC affiliate WLOX, which also broadcasts on channel 13. Screen Gems, the television arm of Columbia Pictures, acquired the station in 1965. On June 8, 1970 at 8:00 p.m., it made a highly publicized switch of channel positions with the city's PBS member station, WYES-TV, and moved to VHF channel 8. This was done to give WVUE a greater broadcast signal range, as its transmitter operated at a low power to avoid interfering with the signal of Jackson, Mississippi's WJTV, which had also broadcast on channel 12. The channel 61 allocation was later assigned to WLPN-LP (which operated from 1989 to the late 2000s) and the channel 20 allocation was assigned to religious station WHNO (which signed on in October 1994).
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the station consistently ranked at a distant third place in the ratings behind WWL-TV and WDSU-TV, even as ABC topped the national ratings for a time in the mid-1970s. One of the primary reasons for WVUE's third-place position was the station's heavy pre-emptions of network programs. For example, during much of the 1970s, WVUE preempted portions of ABC's daytime soap opera lineup and aired westerns, cartoons and off-network sitcoms in their place. Additionally, WVUE did not carry many of the network's Saturday morning cartoons, as well as American Bandstand. WVUE also pre-empted ABC's late night programming, which prior to the 1979 debut of Nightline, consisted of movies and reruns of primetime series. Viewers in the New Orleans market that wanted to see most of ABC's full schedule could watch the network's other affiliates in surrounding markets: WRBT (now WVLA) and later WBRZ from Baton Rouge, west of New Orleans, or to WLOX from Biloxi, to the east.
Columbia Pictures sold WVUE to Oklahoma City-based Gaylord Broadcasting Company in 1977. Under the new ownership, WVUE reinstated ABC's entire lineup of daytime soaps to its schedule in the fall of 1978. In spite of ownership changes and programming modifications, WVUE was still unable to improve its standing in the ratings. WVUE started broadcasting 24 hours a day in June 1986, becoming the last commercial television station in New Orleans to transition to a round-the-clock schedule. When Gaylord Broadcasting began a gradual paring down of its station group in 1987 (which would not be completed until 1999), WVUE was sold to the Burnham Broadcasting Company. The station continued to underperform in the ratings into the 1990s.
On December 18, 1993, the Fox Broadcasting Company outbid CBS for the rights to the NFL's National Football Conference television package. In March 1994, Fox partnered with minority-owned communications firm Savoy Pictures (which would serve as majority partner) to form SF Broadcasting. On August 25, 1994, the company bought WVUE, WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama and KHON-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii for $229 million; fellow sister station WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin was sold to the company one month earlier in a separate $38 million deal, which for a time, was challenged by an FCC petition filed by NBC alleging that the deal violated foreign investment limits for U.S. broadcasters (the only Burnham station exempted from the deal was KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, California, which was spun off to Westwind Communications, a company founded by several former Burnham executives). As part of the deal, Fox signed a long-term agreement, in which the network would affiliate with SF's four "Big Three" network affiliates, beginning in the fall of 1995. Fox originally planned to own a minority voting stock in SF Broadcasting; however, in 1995, Fox opted against holding a voting interest (which would have resulted in the stations being counted against the FCC's station ownership total), although it would retain an ownership stake. The transaction was completed in the summer of 1995.
WVUE-TV affiliated with Fox on January 1, 1996, ending its 43-year affiliation with ABC, which moved to independent station WGNO (channel 26); New Orleans's original Fox affiliate, WNOL-TV (channel 38), took the WB affiliation (that network had been affiliated with WGNO for just shy of a year prior to the switch, due to that station's owner, Tribune Broadcasting's partial ownership interest in The WB). Of the former Burnham stations that switched to Fox, WVUE was the only one involved in the deal that was an ABC affiliate (WALA, WLUK and KHON, all of which are now owned by LIN Media, had previously been affiliated with NBC). Unlike the New World Communications-owned stations that joined Fox around the same timeframe, the Savoy stations, including WVUE, carried Fox's children's programming on weekday mornings and afternoons as well as on Saturday mornings; the network later discontinued the Fox Kids weekday blocks in 2002, with the Saturday morning lineup remaining until its successor 4Kids TV ended in November 2008. Ratings for Fox's programming had increased slightly from when the network was affiliated with WNOL, however viewership for WVUE's newscasts remained well behind that of WWL-TV and WDSU. The station acquired additional syndicated talk shows to fill certain daytime slots where ABC programming formerly aired.
Because of Fox's acquisition of television rights to the National Football Conference, the switch resulted in channel 8 becoming the unofficial "home" station for the New Orleans Saints, carrying many of the team's Sunday afternoon road games. WWL-TV had aired most of the Saints' games beginning in 1970, when CBS assumed rights to the NFC upon the merger of the American Football League and the National Football League; when CBS lost the NFC broadcast rights to Fox in 1994, the Saints telecasts resided on WNOL-TV for the following two years. In addition to WVUE, the team's regular season games televised over-the-air locally are split primarily between WWL-TV (for select games televised by CBS in which the Saints play against an AFC opponent), WGNO (through over-the-air rights to the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football package), WDSU (through NBC's rights to Sunday primetime and select playoff games as well as its local broadcast rights to Monday Night Football games during occasions when a game involving the Saints is scheduled) and Cox Sports Television (which shares rights to Saints preseason games with WVUE).
On November 28, 1995, Silver King Communications (operated by former Fox executive Barry Diller) announced that it would acquire Savoy Pictures; at the time of the purchase, Silver King's existing stations had mainly been affiliates of the Home Shopping Network (both Silver King and HSN were later acquired by USA Networks). The sale of WVUE and the other SF stations was approved and finalized in March 1996, with its other assets being merged into the company that November. Silver King subsequently sold the stations to Emmis Communications in 1999. Beginning under Emmis, WVUE strengthened its syndicated programming inventory, including acquiring the local syndication rights to Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! as part of a group deal with Emmis' Fox affiliates, a rarity for a Fox station (prior to airing on channel 8, the two shows aired for about two decades on WWL-TV). On May 15, 2005, Emmis Communications announced that it would sell its 16 television stations, including WVUE, in order to concentrate on its radio properties.
After Hurricane Katrina struck Greater New Orleans on August 29, 2005, WVUE temporarily moved its operations to the studios of then-sister station WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama. WVUE's facility on Jefferson Davis Parkway is located in a low-lying part of New Orleans that was badly flooded due to the levee failures caused by Katrina. The damage that was caused to the building was so severe that Emmis released much of the station's on-air staff from their non-compete clauses, allowing them to seek employment outside of the market without penalty. Soon, meteorologist Crystal Wicker left for Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV, where she began work on October 3. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Baskin went to Portland, Oregon's KOIN-TV; reporter Summer Jackson went to Chicago to work at CLTV, while reporter Kerry Cavanaugh took a job at WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
Following the storm, WVUE presented a rotating 15-minute newscast that was streamed on its website and was produced out of WALA's studios, slowly restoring the station's regular schedule as developments faded and reconstruction on WVUE's news operations continued. WVUE later resumed its over-the-air broadcasts from a low-power transmitter as an alternate site, which provided a reduced signal that did not reach most of the market; the station's analog signal was upgraded to full power on September 19, 2005 from its transmitter facility in Chalmette, which had flooded during the storm. In mid-June 2006, construction of the station's permanent news set and weather center was completed. Before then, a temporary news set and newsroom were set up in the station's production room. Station manager Vanessa Oubre said that remodeling/reconstruction of the rest of the building was expected to be completed by November 2006. The sale of the station was also affected and was delayed for two years because of the rebuilding; Emmis had intended to divest all its television assets by the start of 2007, but retained ownership of WVUE in the interim until a buyer was found.
Purchase by Tom Benson and SSA with Raycom
On May 5, 2008, Emmis Communications announced an agreement to sell the station to the Louisiana Media Company, a media group founded by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, for $41 million. Benson stated that he planned for the new company to acquire several radio and television stations nationwide and to be involved in movie production. The FCC approved the sale on July 14, 2008, with the transfer being finalized four days later on July 18. In August 2012, WVUE opened a secondary studio facility (branded as the "Window on New Orleans") on the second floor of the Benson Tower in downtown New Orleans (overlooking Champions Square and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) that is utilized for the station's weekday morning newscast and for coverage of sports events. When Hurricane Isaac struck the area in August 2012, the station provided a web stream of the station's storm coverage to Shreveport ABC affiliate KTBS-TV, which carried WVUE's stream over digital subchannel 3.3, to provide information for area evacuees who relocated to the Ark-La-Tex region.
In October 2013, Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) stated in its newsletter, The Advisor, that Raycom Media (a company which RSA invests in), would purchase WVUE for $55.6 million, pending FCC approval. A spokesperson for Tom Benson called The Advisor item "inaccurate" and that the station was not for sale; RSA CEO David Brenner called the report a "mistake."
However, on November 20, 2013, Raycom announced that it would begin operating WVUE under a shared services agreement to take effect on December 16; under the agreement, Louisiana Media Company remains owner of WVUE and retains the station's license, but most of WVUE's staff became Raycom employees; Louisiana Media president Joe Cook, who relinquished his additional duties as the station's general manager, commented that the deal would allow WVUE to benefit from the regional presence that Raycom provides; the Alabama-based station group has a well-established presence in the Southeastern U.S., including ownership of three other Louisiana stations (in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport). Upon the takeover, former WWL-TV news director Sandy Breland was appointed as WVUE's vice president and general manager, joining other WWL and Belo alumni among its staff.
The partnership stemmed from a near-acquisition of the station by Raycom; Benson had considered expanding his broadcast holdings into other nearby markets, but noticed that Raycom had a presence in all of the markets he considered. Raycom, along with several other companies, had also made offers to buy the station, but Benson was not prepared to sell WVUE completely, leading to the negotiation of the SSA. Raycom president Paul McTear also noted that the story in The Advisor was the result of human error, and that there was not a deal to acquire the station.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming|
|8.1||720p||16:9||FOX8 HD||Main WVUE-DT programming / Fox|
|8.2||480i||4:3||FOX8 SD||Bounce TV|
Digital subchannel 8.2 originally launched in 2007 as the Fox 8 Newschannel, a 24-hour news simulcast and rebroadcast service similar to WWL-TV's NewsWatch 15 cable channel. On August 23, 2010, WVUE announced that it would carry the Retro Television Network on a digital subchannel; that September, 8.2 switched to a mix of RTV programming on weekdays, as well as similar general entertainment programming on weekends. On November 11, 2011, WVUE signed an affiliation agreement with Bounce TV; the network replaced RTV on digital subchannel 8.2 on November 12, 2011. In March 2012, WVUE became one of the first (if not the first) stations in the United States to create a managerial position for a subchannel, with the hiring of Curtis Pace as general manager of digital channel 8.2.
WVUE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on December 15, 2008, becoming the first New Orleans television station to cease analog transmission of its signal and exclusively broadcast a digital signal, and the second, after Telemundo affiliate KGLA-DT (channel 42, which signed on in June 2007 without a companion analog signal), to become a digital-only station prior to the June 12, 2009 digital television transition. One week later on December 22, the station relocated its digital signal from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations. Due to reception problems that were reported by viewers following the transition, WVUE petitioned the FCC to move its digital signal back to UHF channel 29. The station opted to do this instead of increasing its transmitter power, which would have caused interference with Baton Rouge CBS affiliate WAFB (whose analog signal operated on VHF channel 9, where its digital signal operates post-transition). WVUE resumed digital operations on UHF channel 29 on November 30, 2010.
After the Louisiana Media Company acquired WVUE from Emmis Communications, a high definition feed of the station's digital signal was finally added to Cox Communications's New Orleans system in August 2008, and to Charter Communications systems in the Northshore and Tri-Parish area in that September (both Charter and Cox carry WVUE-DT on digital channel 708). WVUE's high definition feed has since been added to other cable providers in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, as well as in the New Orleans market on AT&T U-verse.
WVUE-DT clears the majority of the Fox network schedule, however it delays the network's Animation Domination High-Def block on Saturday nights by a half-hour due to its 10:00 p.m. newscast. Syndicated programs broadcast by WVUE include Rachael Ray, Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Community, Perry Mason, Seinfeld, Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune.
WVUE-DT presently broadcasts 48 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with nine hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output of any television station in the New Orleans market (more than WWL-TV (channel 4) and WDSU-TV (channel 6), which both carry 27½ hours each week) and within the state of Louisiana. WVUE is the only station in the market that airs a local newscast at 5:30 p.m., although it does not run a newscast at 6:00 p.m. on weeknights. In addition, the station produces the sports discussion program The Final Play, which airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m.
The station had been an also-ran among the New Orleans market's television news outlets for many years; however, the station hired many well-known talent during the 1960s through the 1980s (some of whom had previously worked at WDSU and WWL-TV) including anchor Alec Gifford, weatherman Nash Roberts and sports anchor Buddy Diliberto. In 1968, Gifford – then the station's news director – hired Furnell Chatman as a general assignment reporter at WVUE, becoming the first African American reporter in the market; Chatman eventually made history as the first African American to anchor a newscast in Louisiana when he was appointed anchor of the station's noon newscast a few years later. In 1976, WVUE hired Lynn Gansar, who within a few years, was elevated from a reporter role to become the station's first female news anchor. On May 31, 1982, WVUE launched a half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast called Live At Five; this program was revamped as Neighbors at Five during the late 1980s, in which anchors Margaret Dubuisson and Joe Giardina presented the newscast from various locations in New Orleans.
After WVUE became a Fox affiliate in 1996, the station increased its news programming output from about 15 hours a week to nearly 25 hours, retaining all of its existing newscasts. The station initially retained its noon and 6:00 p.m. newscasts, but opted air syndicated programming in the 5:30 p.m. half-hour rather than expand its 5:00 newscast to a full hour, a move that was atypical of the Big Three stations that switched to Fox during the affiliation switches that occurred between 1994 and 1996. The existing 10:00 p.m. newscast was moved one hour earlier to 9:00 p.m. and was expanded to one hour; however ten months later in October 1996, it was split into separate half-hour newscasts at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m., with off-network syndicated sitcoms filling the 9:30 p.m. timeslot. This scheduling for the late evening newscasts continued until 2001, when the weeknight 9:00 p.m. newscast reverted to an hour-long broadcast, and the 10:00 p.m. newscast was dropped for a second time due to the lack of a strong program lead-in. Even after the weeknight broadcast expanded to one hour, atypical for most Fox stations that produce their newscasts in-house, the Saturday and Sunday editions of WVUE's 9:00 p.m. newscast remained a half-hour in length; until those editions were expanded to one hour in 2012, WVUE had been among the largest Fox affiliates by market size to air its primetime newscast in such a fashion.
Even after becoming a Fox affiliate, the station did not carry a newscast on weekday mornings throughout the 1990s; this changed in 2002, when WVUE debuted what was originally a two-hour morning newscast, airing from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. (which by 2005, expanded to three hours with the addition of an 8:00 a.m. hour of the broadcast). In 2005, WVUE cancelled its weeknight 6:00 p.m. newscast and expanded its 5:00 p.m. newscast to one hour; this was in concert with the station's acquisition of the popular Sony-distributed game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which the station chose to air together in an hour-long block during the 6:00 hour (news-producing stations in the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones commonly schedule syndicated programs such as Jeopardy and Wheel in the hour before network primetime, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in those areas, though this is not very common with such stations in the Central and Mountain Time Zones).
WVUE's news ratings slowly increased throughout the 2000s (particularly following the station's purchase by the Louisiana Media Company). By the middle of the decade, the station overtook WDSU for the #2 position in the local news ratings, placing behind WWL-TV in the 5:00 p.m. timeslot. The station remained in second place through 2008 and a see-saw period followed. In May 2011, the station again ranked third in the 5:00 time period. The station has consistently ranked third among the market's morning and afternoon newscasts with three or more local options since that time, while posting its best ratings at night. The station bests many network primetime shows during the 9:00 p.m. hour (WVUE's ratings for its primetime newscast outperformed WNOL-TV and WUPL (channel 54)'s newscasts – both produced by their respective duopoly partners, WGNO and WWL-TV – in the same timeslots, with both of those stations eventually cancelling those programs outright), and at 10:00 p.m., WVUE has generally held second place in the market. In recent years, the station's news department has won several Regional Emmy Awards for its news coverage; it also won duPont–Columbia Awards for its breaking news coverage and investigative reporting in 2013 and 2014.
On April 29, 2007, WVUE became the first television station in New Orleans to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. In January 2010, WVUE underwent a major production upgrade that included the transition of field video to high definition, and the introduction of the first HD-based weather system in the New Orleans market. As of October 2010, WVUE remains the only New Orleans area station to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition; this is in contrast to WWL-TV, WDSU and WGNO, all of which broadcast their newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition.
On February 1, 2010, WVUE expanded its weekday morning newscast to four hours, with the addition of an hour-long weather-based newscast at 5:00 a.m. titled Fox 8 Morning Call, the program was replaced in 2012 by a traditional local newscast during that hour. The station restored a 10:00 p.m. newscast to its schedule after nine years on that same date; initially only airing as a test run, it was added to the schedule full-time on May 5, 2010, after former WWL-TV anchor Lee Zurik joined channel 8 as an anchor and investigative reporter. The 10:00 p.m. newscast later expanded to weekend evenings in July 2010; as a result, WVUE became one of about a dozen Fox stations nationwide with a newscast in the traditional late news timeslot that airs seven nights a week. On May 23, 2011, channel 8 debuted an hour-long midday newscast that airs Monday through Fridays at noon. This was followed on September 12 of that year, with the debut of an hour-long newscast at 4:00 p.m.
In the summer of 2012, WVUE entered into a content partnership with The Times-Picayune in which the station and newspaper would collaborate on sports coverage. On June 27, 2013, this partnership was expanded to include news content (including collaborations on investigative reports and entertainment stories), breaking news updates and analysis occasionally provided by Times-Picayune reporters on WVUE's newscasts and the sharing of photo and video content; WVUE also began to provide weather forecasts for the newspaper and its companion website, NOLA.com. On April 21, 2014, WVUE began airing its weekday morning newscast at 4:30 a.m., expanding the program to 4½ hours.
- Your Esso Reporter (1956–1958)
- WJMR-TV News (1958–1962)
- The New Orleans Report (1962–1965)
- The Evening News (6 p.m. newscast; 1965–1970)
- NewsVue (6:05 and 10 p.m. newscasts; 1966)
- Alec Gifford News (6 and 10 p.m. newscasts; 1967–1974)
- 24 Hours (10 p.m. newscast; 1965–1976)
- NewsScene 8 (1974–1985)
- Live at Five (5 p.m. newscast; 1982–1984?)
- Channel 8 News (1985–1988))
- News 8 New Orleans (general) / News 8 Tonight (10 p.m. newscast; 1988–1995)
- Fox News Eight (1996–1998)
- Fox 8 News (1998–present)
- "Make the Switch to WVUE 8" (1970, when the station was changing its channel to 8 from 12)
- "This is the Place to Be!" (early 1970s)
- "There's More on NewsScene 8" (late 1970s)
- "On Your Side" (?)
- "Your Neighborhood Station" (mid-1980s–1987)
- "The Station That's Making Good Things Happen" (1987–1992)
- "Louisiana's Watching WVUE" (1989–1992; local version of ABC ad campaign)
- "The One to Watch" (1992–1995)
- "Your Weather Authority" (weather slogan, 2002–present; used as news slogan from 2002 to 2008)
- "Your Local News Channel" (2008–present; news slogan)
- "Louisiana's Home Team" (2008–present; general slogan)
- "Your First Choice For News" (2011–present)
- Shelley Brown - weekday mornings on Fox 8 Morning Edition (4:30-9:00 a.m.); also investigative reporter ("Fox 8 Defenders")
- Meg Gatto - weekends at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Kim Holden - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Nancy Parker - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.
- Liz Reyes - weekday mornings on Fox 8 Morning Edition (5:00-9:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon; also reporter
- John Snell - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.
- Lee Zurik - weeknights at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also chief investigative reporter ("Fox 8 Investigates")
- Fox 8 Weather Authority
- Bob Breck (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Chris Franklin (AMS Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Fox 8 Morning Edition (4:30-9:00 a.m.)
- Bruce Katz (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon and 4:00 p.m.
- Nicondra Norwood - meteorologist; weekends at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Sports team
- Sean Fazende - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter
- Garland Gillen - sports reporter
- Fred Hickman - sports director; weeknights at 5:30, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Jennifer Hale - sports anchor; weekdays at 4:00 p.m., also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor (station's first female sportscaster)
- Jim Henderson - Saints analyst and commentator
- Chad Sabdie - sports reporter
- Allison Braxton - weekend evening reporter
- Kristi Coleman - weekday morning traffic reporter
- Leigh Isaacson - general assignment reporter
- Natasha Robin - general assignment reporter
- Rob Masson - general assignment reporter
- Scott Satchfield - general assignment reporter
- Carolyn Scofield - weekday morning reporter; also Bayou bureau chief (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes)
- Sabrina Wilson - general assignment reporter
- Dave McNamara - "The Heart of Louisiana" feature reporter, airing weekly on the 9:00 p.m. newscast; also runs his own production company which contributes to these reports 
Notable former on-air staff
- Bernard "Buddy" Diliberto - sports director/anchor (1966–1981; later worked for WDSU and WWL AM/FM; died in 2005)
- Margaret Dubuisson - anchor/reporter (1983–1998)
- Lynn Gansar - station's first female newscaster (1976–1983; later at WDSU)
- Alec Gifford - news anchor/news director (1967–1980, previously with WDSU and returned there; died in 2013)
- Mike Herrera - meteorologist/announcer (1964–2007; later engineer at WWL-TV, died April 6, 2013 at age 66)
- Jim Kemp - anchor/reporter/managing/editor/news director (later senior assignment editor at CNN's National Desk; now retired)
- Arthel Neville - anchor/reporter (now with Fox News Channel)
- Bob Perrin - news photographer (Emmy winner and Oscar nominee)
- Nash Roberts - meteorologist (1973–1978; succeeded by Bob Breck, previously at WDSU and later at WWL-TV; died in 2010)
- Norman Robinson - anchor/reporter (1976–1978; later at WWL-TV and at WDSU; retired)
- Chris Rose - provided an editorial weekly on-air and online (former longtime contributor to The Times-Picayune)
- Nancy Russo - first AMS sealed and degreed female meteorologist in New Orleans (1980–1983 and 1985-1987; later at WWL-TV)
- Ron Swoboda - sports anchor (now at Cox Sports Television)
- Leslie Sykes - anchor/reporter (now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles)
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- Lee Zurik to anchor 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts for WVUE-TV, The Times-Picayune, April 13, 2010.
- Liz Reyes to anchor new midday newscast for WVUE-TV, The Times-Picayune, April 14, 2011.
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- WVUE New Orleans, 'Times-Picayune' Extend Partnership, Broadcasting & Cable, June 27, 2013.
- WVUE joins 4:30 a.m. news race, parts ways with Gerry Vaillancourt, The Times-Picayune, April 16, 2014.
- WVUE Channel 8 New Orleans, Louisiana News Open 1987 on YouTube
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