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New Crime-Fighting Initiative Debuts on Fox 50

Posted April 6, 2007
Updated April 9, 2007

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— A locally produced crime show featuring some of the coldest cases in the Triangle area arrived on the airwaves this weekend.

"N.C. Wanted" premiered Saturday  following WRAL’s 10 p.m. News on FOX 50. WRAL-TV news anchor Gerald Owens hosts the show.

The show will profile some of North Carolina's most wanted fugitives, cold cases and other aspects of the criminal justice system.

"There are so many cases out there where investigators are just stumped," Owens said. "They've got nothing to go on. We're going to take a more comprehensive look at these stories than we have in our newscasts, because we're going to have more time to devote to them."

Also premiering was a 24/7 crime tip hotline, 1-866-43-WANTED (1-866-439-2683), that will allow viewers to call in with crime tips, as well as a new, comprehensive Web site, www.ncwanted.com.

Producers of "N.C. Wanted" have worked closely with local law enforcement agencies in 22 counties, as well as "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh and the show's producers. "America's Most Wanted" airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m.

"We're really fortunate in that we can do this -- that we have great leadership within our company (Capitol Broadcasting Co.) that will allow us to put this kind of program out to benefit our viewers," Owens said. "We're excited about it."

WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV Fox 50 are both divisions of Capitol Broadcasting Co.


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  • HARDWRKR Apr 9, 2007


  • mslisac363 Apr 9, 2007

    Good another great show to go along with cops and AMW. Lets get the thugs off of the streets, so we can sleep with the windows opened again.

  • WhatEver Apr 9, 2007

    I just read the story about little Brittany. It was so sad. That poor baby. I hope they will find this monster.

  • Al Capone Apr 8, 2007

    I just watched the rerun from last night. It was better than I thought it was going to be. Too many commercial breaks, which got very annoying and had me switching channels. Room for improvement, but not bad for the first episode.

    "I said a toned-down *AMW* attitude. AMW has a redneck vigilante feel sometimes."
    Something we need more of in society actually.

  • El Doggo Apr 8, 2007

    Maybe since it is FOX, the democRAT mob (killing each other in durham) Will be scared off just like Johnny (Breck Boy) Edwards. :-)

  • Irishgreek Apr 8, 2007

    I wonder if they have made sure it a 50/50 on races,do we have another battle stirring.I can feel it coming.

  • Ashen-Shugar Apr 8, 2007

    They were going to get John Edwards to host it, but he refused because it was on "FOX" 50.

  • pauley98 Apr 8, 2007

    From what little of it I saw last night before I went to work, it looks like a cross between AMW and Bob the Bounty Hunter.

  • Harrison Bergeron Apr 8, 2007

    Interesting how the ncwanted's website shows a set of most wanted that is very different from the SBI's and every large metropolitan police force's top 10 most wanted list in NC.

    While I understand they may be targeting colder cases, it seems that they may be leaning more toward sex crimes rather than what the LE community considers its most urgent cases.

    Perhaps if people were shown the top ten lists from the SBI and metro area police forces instead of having to search for them, they may get an idea of WHO are indeed the most dangerous in North Carolina.

  • QT3.14 Apr 8, 2007

    I said a toned-down *AMW* attitude. AMW has a redneck vigilante feel sometimes.