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Bonten Media Group?s WCTI (DMA 101) NewsChannel 12 announces today the addition of a 5:30 p.m. newscast featuring the anchor team of Brian North and Jaime McCutcheon. The newscast will debut Monday, Aug. 15.

With this newest addition, NewsChannel 12 and sister stations WFXI/WYDO FOX Eastern Carolina will now offer over 30 hours of local news per week.

?We are excited about bringing the Greenville, New Bern and Jacksonville market this 5:30 p.m. newscast," Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze said. "Local news is the signature of Bonten Media Group and WCTI/WFXI/WYDO. Last year we were proud to launch the market?s first local totally HD platform. This year we are thrilled to provide our viewers and advertisers with even more local news and content at 5:30 p.m."

The addition of the newscast stems from the growth the station has experienced with viewers.

?Our newscasts around the clock have grown tremendously with viewers," News Director Shane Moreland said. "The new 5:30 p.m. show gives our viewers even more opportunity to watch our Accurate and Reliable brand of journalism. Brian North, Jaime McCutcheon and StormTrack 12 Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters will lead the largest news team in Eastern North Carolina with an exciting and fast-paced newscast.?

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Bonten Media Group currently operates 16* full power, low power and digital television stations in eight markets, including: WCYB (NBC), WEMT* (FOX) and CW-4 (CW-DT), Tri-Cities, TN/VA; WCTI (ABC),WFXI/WYDO* (FOX) and This-TV (THIS), Greenville-New Bern, NC; KRCR (ABC), Chico-Redding, CA; KTXS (ABC), KTES-LP (Telemundo) and CW Abilene (CW-DT), Abilene, TX; KECI/KCFW (NBC), Missoula, MT; KTVM (NBC), Butte-Bozeman, MT; KTXE-LP (ABC), San Angelo, TX; and KAEF (ABC), Eureka,CA. *Bonten Media Group operates WEMT and WFXI/WYDO via JSA/SSA agreements with Esteem Broadcasting.