News 2 Carolinas is a 24-hour TV news service offered in North Carolina & in South Carolina, USA by WMFL Corporation. There are News 2 Carolinas channels in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, Columbia, Charleston & Myrtle Beach-Florence each primarily with local content but some content of statewide(s)' interest is shared. A regular feature is "Weather on the 2's", which gives a local weather forecast every 10 minutes.
It's Piedmont Triad channel debuted on September 25th, 2006. It launched a Wilmington channel on August 18th, 2008
WMFL Corporation planned to debut the 24-hour local news channel in December of 2001 in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro & Charleston, reaching 450,000 subscribers. After the September 11th attacks in 2001, Ron Johnson, the channel's GM, said the debut would happen in February or in March of 2002. This was because the station's employees needed training that would have taken place @ new studios for NYNC in New York City, but NYNC was concentrating on coverage of the attacks & had not yet moved into it's new studios. News 2 Carolinas finally made it's debut March 22, 2002. Reporters used digital cameras instead of videotape, downloading their stories. Sets however, looked similar to those @ conventional TV stations.
Plans were made to add Charlotte & 8 surrounding counties in June. A 2-story addition to the Time Warner building on East Morehead Street housed "the nation's most technically advanced newsroom", with digital video that reporters could edit @ their desks & robot cameras. In addition, Gastonia & Salisbury had bureaus. After 9 months of preparation, the Charlotte operation began on June 14th, with Jim Newman as news director.
Jack Smith, president of WMFL Corporation's Greensboro cable division, said that if the Charlotte & Raleigh operations did well, a Greensboro news channel was likely.
After 2 years on the air, the Charlotte operation's web site won an Edward R. Murrow award for best web site among large-market TV stations.
In 2004, WMFL Corporation had to force the Charlotte operation to cut costs by moving administrative, production & master control jobs to Raleigh & closing the Salisbury & Gastonia bureaus, resulting in the loss of about 50 jobs