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Hattiesburg Gets New ABC Affiliate

In ABC, Affiliate Issues, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi, Raycom on June 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

The Hattiesburg-Laurel market has a new channel on the dial, thanks to an agreement with Raycom Media and ABC.

The new affiliate will be carried on a subchannel of WDAM, the NBC affiliate for the market.

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WDAM Airs Abuse Video After Supreme Court Lifts Ban

In Censorship, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi, NBC on January 28, 2011 at 5:42 am


The Mississippi Supreme Court has lifted an injunction which banned Hattiesburg-Laurel market television station WDAM from airing a video that allegedly shows abuse within a juvenile detention facility.

After the ruling, WDAM says it aired the footage Thursday night.


A former detention center employee provided WDAM with more than two hours of video showing alleged abuse involving at least four inmates. Youth Court Judge Mike McPhail barred the station from airing the tapes claiming it would jeopardize the teen’s privacy.

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Mississippi TV Station Fights for Right to Show Abuse Video

In Censorship, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi, NBC on January 23, 2011 at 8:12 am


More than thirty news and media organizations are petitioning the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file legal papers in support of WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, saying that station should be allowed to air video it obtained showing alleged abuse at a local juvenile detention center.

The Associated Press says the motion was filed Thursday in Jackson. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the matter.

It all started January 13, when WDAM asked the state Supreme Court to lift an injunction on the video ordered by Youth Court Judge Mike McPhail. McPhail said the station failed to provide sufficient evidence that showing the video was a necessity.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Mississippi’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, Biloxi-Gulfport, CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, CW, FOX, Greenwood-Greenville, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Jackson, Meridian, Mississippi, MyTV, NBC on January 8, 2011 at 3:37 am

Our third state on the list doesn’t have any Top 50 markets (as defined by Nielsen) but still has several smaller ones statewide.

  • The biggest is the state capital, Jackson, at #94. Stations include: WLBT (NBC), WJTV (CBS), WAPT (ABC), WRBJ (CW), WUFX (MyTV) and WDBD (FOX). WLBT leads the ratings war in Jackson, though in recent years that lead has not been as dominant, with WAPT running a close second. WLBT, WDBD, WJTV and WUFX broadcast newscasts in HD.
  • Next in line is the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston market (as defined by Nielsen), #133. Stations include: WCBI (CBS), WTVA (NBC/ABC) and WLOV (FOX). All stations broadcast their newscasts in high definition.
  • Biloxi-Gulfport, market #160, is located in the southern part of the state. Stations include: WLOX (ABC/CBS) and WXXV (NBC/FOX). Both stations air local newscasts in high definition.
  • Next is the Hattiesburg-Laurel market, No. 167. Stations include: WDAM (NBC), WHLT (CBS) and WRBJ (CW). Only WDAM has newscasts in high definition.
  • Meridian follows, in market #189. Stations include WTOK (ABC), WMDN (CBS) and WGBC (NBC). Only WTOK has HD newscasts.
  • Last in the state, the Greenwood-Greenville market, #190. Stations include WABG (ABC/FOX), WXVT (CBS) and WNBD-LP (NBC). WABG remains the market leader in ratings. None of the stations has high-def newscasts.
(Above was updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to