Watch your local news on Hargray Cable Channel 8
After much anticipation, WHHI-TV is bringing residents of Beaufort something they’ve missed for quite some time: their own newscast.
The Beaufort News premiers Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 on Hargray Cable. WHHI-TV is partnering with The Island News, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lowcountry
Weekly to bring a newscast that will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily following The Hilton Head News and The Bluffton News at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
WHHI-TV, on the air on Hilton Head Island since 1992, recently expanded coverage to Beaufort. On March 1, Hargray moved the station from Channel 200 to Channel 8 on the tier people in the industry call, “Broadcast Row.” Overnight, Hargray customers who’d never been exposed to the station, also seen on Hilton Head on Time Warner Channel 3, were pleasantly surprised when they turned on the tube and saw local faces, local news and local businesses.
Shortly after the channel move, Hargray announced it would purchase Charter Cable, propelling WHHI-TV into even more households across the Lowcountry. At this point, WHHI-TV saw opportunity and quickly realized it needed to offer appropriate programming to all of the station’s viewership, including Beaufort.
Jessa Jeremiah will anchor the news and deliver weekly headlines. Buck Boone, General Manager of The Island News will provide a “Hot off the Press” report. Blakely Williams, President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, will produce a business report; and Mark Shaffer, Features Editor for Lowcountry Weekly, will talk about the arts and entertainment calendar around Beaufort. The Beaufort News will also host two members of the community per week who are making significant news in the Beaufort area.
Wayne Morris, WHHI-TV’s General Manager, reiterated the station’s commitment to the Lowcountry, saying, “It’s been our goal since we purchased the station in 2006 to build a bridge between the station and the community; and we’ve done that through quality programing that is 100 percent local.”
John Byrne, President of the Byrne Acquisition Group and owner of the station, explained, “The momentum and progress we’ve built in the last six years on Hilton Head is indicative of what you should expect to see in the next five years throughout the rest of Beaufort County. We are very proud to be an integral part of this community.”
Former Editor of The Island News and Beaufort representative for WHHI-TV, Wendy Pollitzer, will be assisting with program content and sales.
If you have any news to contribute to The Beaufort News, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email email@example.com or call the station at 843-785-4545.
It’s never been a more exciting time for the area’s only local television station, and Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties have never been more excited to tune in.
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