The hiring spree at CBS Atlanta continues.
In recent weeks, they've hired a new morning host, a new consumer reporter and a new sports director. Now they have a new evening anchor Scott Light.
His start date isn't until later this year because he still has to finish out his existing contract at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, where he is an anchor. That station made the announcement, which obligated CBS to do so as well, even though he's months away from joining the team here.
"I was raised in the south on sweet tea, SEC football and ACC basketball," Light said in a press release, "so I am excited to raise my kids in a world-class southern city, and I am thrilled to call Atlanta home.”
He has 20 years of broadcast experience under his belt including stints in Raleigh, Salt Lake City and Richmond.
Light, a Virginia native, arrives after ten years in Phoenix.
Light will join veteran CBS Atlanta evening anchor Stefany Fisher and long-time morning host Tracye Hutchins, who moves to evenings starting next week.
He's the first male anchor they've hired since Guy Rawlings left in November, 2012. Rawlings lasted less than a year.
In recent years, CBS Atlanta found stability in Fisher but has had trouble finding a regular male anchor to work with her. Before Rawlings, CBS Atlanta went more than two years without a male evening anchor. Bill Gaines abruptly quit in 2009.
Back in January, new general manager Trey Fabacher promised big changes and said he has a background having worked at other "turnaround situations" before. He arrived at a station that has lagged behind its rivals in most dayparts for years. The changes are clearly happening now with departures of Brandon Rudat in mornings and Jaquitta Williams in the evenings among the recent shifts and a revamp in the morning show "Better Mornings."
The station's strongest news program in terms of ratings has been 11 p.m., fueled by a strong 10 p.m. lineup. Its earlier evening programs tend to finish third or fourth.
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