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Ted Hall to replace retiring Jill Becker in mornings on 11 Alive (WXIA-TV)

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Ted Hall will be joining Karyn Greer in mornings, replacing retiring Jill Becker in September.

Hall has been a floating host/reporter since February, when Jeff Hullinger took over as co-anchor with Brenda Wood at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dubbed an “experiment” at the time, that move  appears permanent.

Hall joined WXIA-TV as an evening anchor in January 2006 after 18 years in Knoxville.

“It wasn’t something I wanted to do until I tried it,” Hall said in a phone interview today, referencing the move to mornings. “The show is such a great fit. For me, the best thing is the schedule will give a lot more time with the kids.” (He would often go home in the evenings between the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news.)

Hall will do the 5 to 7 a.m. and noon show in September when Becker retires. Until then, he will continue to float around the schedule, including stops at 6 p.m and weekends.

Once the fall rolls around, he plans to still do reports of his choosing. “I’ll get to do stories I like to do,” he said, “stories that make you say, ‘No kidding!’ That will mesh well with the morning show.”

Ellen Crooke, the news director, in a press release, said: “We hope now Ted’s fans who have been missing him in the evening understand that we needed to move Ted to a dayside shift to allow him to slide into the morning show from time to time over these past months so we could see how Ted liked the morning. The chemistry among Karyn Greer, Ted Hall and Chesley McNeil has been magical and fun to watch.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

50 comments Add your comment

Jack Who Admires Jill

July 7th, 2011
9:57 am

HOGWASH!

There is NO “replacement” for the delectable, kissable, watchable, admirable, lovable Jill Becker!

Recognize.

Holden Magroyne

July 7th, 2011
10:22 am

What a disaster at 11Dead. Ellen Crooke needs to be replaced! Ted’s change and Paul Ossmann being booted has made me change channels. Lot’s of my friends and coworkers are doing the same. Such a shame after being an 11Alive fan for so many years.

dtanner

July 7th, 2011
10:31 am

jill becker was hard to look at in high def.,how old was she about 80.

RA

July 7th, 2011
10:46 am

Odd move. Though it’s nice to see them pay some respect to the morning viewers. But the morning team was the best when Flip was still around.

eddie343

July 7th, 2011
11:38 am

Ted Hall is just too “folksy” with the way he talks to the camera- like he is talking just to “you”. Is Ellen Crooke secretly trying to sabotage the network into oblivion?

R B

July 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

I like Ted ok, BUT Jill Becker you are not. good luck and all the best from all of us that think you are special

Eric

July 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

I think he’s a good replacement. To show how the new business has changed a lot, this story would have been presented as a demotion years ago, but the morning shows are held in much higher regard nowadays.

grizzybear

July 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

ted will be a great addition in the morning. jill becker has been boring!!

Speedygurl

July 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

It was fun to see Ted on in the mornings He had good energy with the rest of the team.

Matt

July 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

I hope he honestly is happy with the morning shift and that is not PR spin. I actually thought he was great on the TV news and in case Ellen Crooke is reading, I stopped watching 11Alive when they put Jeff Hullinger in that spot. 11Alive isnt even a newscast anymore. Im watching less TV and local TV in particular as local news seems useless…and recently, it seems whenever I turn on 11Alive news, i turn the channel pretty quickly

Non-viewer

July 7th, 2011
12:52 pm

So what..who cares? I watch channel 2 anyway.

Patrick

July 7th, 2011
1:00 pm

Meh. The best 11Alive morning team was more than two decades ago when they had Kerry Kilbride and Elyse Wolfman (husband and wife team) and Guy Sharpe doing the weather, and for that matter, the best 11Alive noon news was when they had Noonday back in the 80’s.

Everything at 11 since those days has been less.

Michael

July 7th, 2011
1:11 pm

Nice of them to tuck Hall away somewhere I’ll never see him. Hullinger is much better. The best move, though, is getting rid of Ossmann. Assuming they replace him with someone who’d rather do the weather than clown around. And get rid of that silly WIZ-O-METER. It’s a joke.

Wondering

July 7th, 2011
1:19 pm

I like Ted Hall and look forward to seeing him in the A.M. I do not like the Wizometer, and we moved to ABC in the morning. I will check out Ted when he is on the air.

I have not been watching much of the 11:00PM news anymore. It struggles to much to be ‘personable’. I like Brenda Wood but the show is sliding. I sometimes try to catch the sports as WXIA does the best job locally.

mark

July 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

Thank goodness Jill is gone… She has worn out her look for the mornings and Ted is a great fresh addition. Hope Chelsey is next…BORING!

Rip

July 7th, 2011
1:24 pm

Mornings is where careers go to stall. So many code words in here.
‘retire’ – your contract was not renewed
‘join mornings’ – you have been pushed out of your 1A spot
‘experiment’ – demotion
‘great fit’ = wait until i find

another job

Squimish Flounder

July 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Good choice. Ted is a good one. Just another chapter of Jill and Ted’s Big Adventure.

Ned Puddleman

July 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Joanne Feldman rocks!

Chilly Willy

July 7th, 2011
1:30 pm

Jovita, Justin, Zach and Glenn are looking better every day. I gave up 11Dead a week ago and I am glad I made the change. I was upset 10 years ago when they dumped Mike Landess. He was awesome and is in Denver now.

Bob from Accounttemps

July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

I like Ted, I like Hullinger. I think 11Alive has the best local newscast. The great thing about Hull is that given all the work he’s had done to his face, he’ll make the wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s that much easier to make!

Prime Star

July 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Hall, Hullinger, Becker et al. are reasons why 11 is and always has been a bottom-feeder. Hall has that phony “Know what I mean?” crap, like he’s talking through the tv to you. Uber-annoying. Hullinger is a pock-marked, lisping re-tread. His tongue needs pruning. And, well, Becker. 137 years old, she insists on wearing stuff that shows her spotted chest. In HD, it makes you wanna hurl.

dawg150

July 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

Get Ted back on evenings…..Hullinger is ok, but looks like he just got makeup done by undertaker….just prefer Ted’s upbeat, natural, sincerety

tvBoy

July 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

good move by 11 alive. the morning show should have a male/female combo, and they have good chemistry

Squimish Flounder

July 7th, 2011
1:58 pm

True enough that on Hullinger. Either one of two things have happened to him:
1) He went to the same Plastic Surgeon as Kenny Rogers.
2) He is the son of a corpse and a mannequin.

Road Scholar

July 7th, 2011
2:03 pm

Jill, best of luck in your retirement! No matter the posts above, you still look good! But what I like most is your demeaner!

Ted, I hope this is what you want and good luck! Sorry to hear about your son.

Jeff Hulinger sucked as a sports reporter/chair; what makes you think he’ll be a good anchor?

Password 11

July 7th, 2011
2:14 pm

I like Hullinger. I am interested to see Mike Francis. 11 needs to do something different. same ole same ole doesn’t cut it.

Yay! More Ted!

July 7th, 2011
2:55 pm

I think Ted Hall is a great newscaster – and with our life and schedule I wasn’t able to catch the 6 p.m. news that much. He is very different from Jill, but I think he will bring some zip and charm that the team lost once Flip left. Jill couldn’t stay forever, and I couldn’t think of a better replacement than Ted. I was SO EXCITED to see him sub for her over the past few weeks… but seriously, is he going to shave? He didn’t shave a couple weeks ago. :) Hopefully this will be a great work/life balance for him and will also give him many more consistant fans. Who has time to watch the 6 p.m. newscast anymore, anyways? That’s so… 1900s. I’m looking forward to seeing Ted in the mornings! GOOD CALL, 11 ALIVE!

Bob from Accounttemps

July 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

Clearly the AJC readership like the police blotter reporting of WSB. Ch 11 is the only local newscast that actually reports NEWS. Oh, right, that’s not entertaining enough…

You people are crazy, some of you

July 7th, 2011
5:17 pm

Ted Hall is awesome…God you people are cynical, like most of the rest of this insane metro area…complaining about Ted being folksy, talking to you like a real person???? Sweet Lord-imagine someone around here being “friendly” like they actually give a rat’s you-know-what about anyone or anything besides themselves…you guys deserve the Scary Robot Jeff Hullinger…fake, plastic, scary, and not real-the perfect icon for the ATL…

Nerlman

July 7th, 2011
5:17 pm

Hey Bob, you will never get my window cube!!!!

ken

July 7th, 2011
9:32 pm

who will replace ted to help brenda get rid of jeff hullinger his face is not for tv i been watching chanel 2 when he s filling in come on chanel 11 no wonder your ratings are in 3rd place get jeff off tv and behind the scenes so you cant see that face of surgey

j clary

July 7th, 2011
11:10 pm

I love Jeff Hollinger – He makes me laugh w/his laughter EVERY night
I’ll miss you Jill, you look great & always pleasant..happy retirement, congratulations!
Looking fwd to Ted every a.m. & his “personalness”

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DebDoes

July 8th, 2011
7:58 am

Good move for Ted…he is great to watch and you do feel like he’s talking to you, not at you! Sad about Paul. I guess I’ll have to stop obsessing over his biceps.

artc

July 8th, 2011
12:54 pm

I like Jeff. I used to watch when he, Brenda and Paul were on Channel 5 before Fox took over. But it is sort of hard to look at Jeff with his new face. I still like Brenda and am sad to see Paul go.

RomeResident

July 8th, 2011
3:39 pm

Who cares who does the news? I won’t watch again until that durn Wiz-O-Meter is gone. Makes me think someone is gonna go tinkle somewhere, ya know, take a wiz?!?

Movedtoabc

July 8th, 2011
4:49 pm

Is it just me or does Hullinger look like a tan skeleton?

Lori

July 8th, 2011
6:59 pm

I enjoy watching Ted Hall and wish he were still on in the evenings. Hullingers face is terrible to look at, whether or not his news delivery is good. I don’t understand how the powers there looked at him and thought he was a good choice( from a visual standpoint.)

TPM

July 8th, 2011
10:39 pm

Nice spin but Ted Hall will be gone when his contract is up

Laura Huckabee

July 8th, 2011
11:41 pm

Welcome to my world Jill…

Jimmy Baron

July 9th, 2011
7:44 am

Jeff needs to be on radio….. with the rest of us good looking guys!

Vashtai

July 9th, 2011
8:02 am

I used to see Hullinger at the old Picadilly in Lindbergh Plaza back in the late 80s. He’s definately had eye work and at least 2 chemical peels to remove his acne scars. I think he looks good all things considered.

jackass

July 9th, 2011
9:32 pm

jeff hullinger is so ugly how ugly is he

mr dick

July 9th, 2011
9:40 pm

how many facelifts has hullinger had he scares my kids when hes on tv i have to turn the channel get this man off tv channel 11

panhandler

July 10th, 2011
3:20 pm

11 alive news is freaky all there news people are old hullingers been fired at every job in atlanta he has every had its sad

Krisi

July 13th, 2011
5:58 pm

I just moved to Atlanta from Knoxville. I am glad to see someone from my hometown news channel on TV here. I grew up watching Ted, and it makes me feel like I am back at home. :)

Dorothy

July 15th, 2011
12:46 pm

Ted Hall’s folksy personality as one person called it, is more refreshing than Jeff Hullinger and his smart unnecessary comments and his bad face job. Hope you know what your doing 11 alive. I for one will not be watching!!

Eric

July 16th, 2011
4:50 pm

I’m wondering if 11 is already missing its former station manager Bob Walker. I feel that 11 has gone down hill since Walker’s departure.

Here’d be a dream anchor team…

Mornings: I could picture 11 wooing CNN weather anchor Reynolds Wolf to morning and noon weather anchor position… Karyn and Ted staying in the anchor positions… Chesley being let go.

Evenings: I could picture Chris Holcomb being promoted to chief meteorologist… as well as 11 wooing former WAGA-TV evening anchor John Marler back to local TV news in Atlanta… Brenda and Fred staying in their respective evening positions… Jeff getting the boot… I’m not so sure about Mike Francis either.

Weekends: Valerie staying put in the weekend morning anchor position… Keith and Sam staying put in their respective weekend evening positions… and new weekend weather anchor coming about.

Just a thought.

Eric

July 16th, 2011
9:10 pm

Don’t know if 11 has plans for a newly-revived 5PM newscasttime soon or not. Again, that WIZ-o-meter has definitely got to go. Additional ideas… I could picture 11’s news set getting a head-to-toe makeover… something by Clickspring Designs (similar to the NBC O&O’s) would look like. The Gannett theme music is somewhat okay. I’m not too crazy about the current Gannett graphics package either… would like to see something better.

Eric

July 16th, 2011
10:00 pm

Apologize for 2 typing errors. 5PM news idea… meant to say anytime. Set design idea… meant to say would look nice. My computer is giving me problems.