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WMGT-TV, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 30), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Macon, Georgia, United States. The station is owned by Savannah-based Morris Multimedia. WMGT's studios are located on Poplar Street in downtown Macon, and its transmitter is located on SR 87/US 23/US 129 ALT (Golden Isles Highway) along the Bibb–Twiggs county line.

HistoryEdit

On July 1, 1978, ABC moved its Macon affiliation from WGXA-TV to the higher-rated WGFE-TV (channel 7). Conventional wisdom suggested that the longer-established WGXA should have taken the NBC affiliation from WGFE-TV. However, in a considerable upset, NBC moved its affiliation to WMGT-TV, even though channel 41 had been on the verge of shutting down earlier in the decade. NBC chose WMGT over WGXA as its new affiliate on the basis of a commitment by Field Communications to invest $2.5 million in upgrades to the station, increasing its signal strength and launching a news department comparable in size to that of channel 7's, and twice the size of WCCB's existing small-scale operation. Within a few months, Action News 36 had become competitive with longer-established WMAZ and WGFE-TV. ? was the station's first news anchor. Upon becoming a network affiliate, Field sold about half of WRET-TV's programming inventory to WGXA, including older sitcoms, movies and most of its inventory of syndicated cartoons.

Ownership historyEdit

  • 1968-77 - Kaiser Broadcasting
  • 1977-83 - Field Communications
  • 1983-?? - Times Mirror Company
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