Charley Jones Named WLBT Jackson News Director

Charley Jones, news director at WLBT
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Charley Jones has been named news director at WLBT Jackson (MS). He’s been assistant news director at the station since 2015. 

Jones started at WLBT as a producer and photographer and shifted to WTVM Birmingham, before coming back to WLBT as an executive producer. He was also managing editor before being named assistant news director. 

“Charley understands the Jackson market and understands Mississippi,” said WLBT VP and general manager Ted Fortenberry. “He has a passion for news and has proven himself as a solid manager during his tenure at WLBT. We are fortunate to have Charley on our team and I am optimistic he will provide strong, steady leadership for our news team for years to come and help WLBT maintain–and grow–our No. 1 position on TV and the many digital platforms where we are so dominant.”

Gray Television owns WLBT, an NBC affiliate in DMA No. 97. ■ 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.