Anchorman 2

Ted Hall, the former anchor at WBIR before decamping to Atlanta for a decade, has returned to take up duties at WVLT, Channel 8 on Monday. Hall will be starting his new job just before ratings sweeps start on Jan. 30.

WVLT is hoping the return of the popular anchorman will boost its evening broadcasts. Alan Williams, who has been the evening anchor at WVLT, is now doing the early news broadcast and continuing his traveling East Tennessee series.

The local television community is waiting to see whether Hall can make an impact and move the ratings dial, or whether his success in Knoxville in earlier years came from being on WBIR, the longtime leader in local news programming.