WGCL-TV originally signed on the air by the Christian Broadcasting Network on June 6, 1971, as WHAE-TV, a mostly religious independent station on UHF channel 46, though it also aired some low-budget programming.
In 1977, the call letters were changed to WANX-TV as even more secular programming joined the schedule. This logo design was standard across stations owned by Christian Broadcasting Network, including flagship WYAH (now WGNT).
Tribune Broadcasting acquired WANX from CBN in 1983, and a year later changed the call letters to WGNX to emphasize its co-ownership with WGN-TV in Chicago.
WGNX Georgia's News at Ten Open (1989-1992)
Channel 46 call letters & ownership changed from 1984
Around this time, the station developed a news department and began to offer local news.
WGNX Georgia's News at Ten Open (1992-1994)
WGNX News at 7:30PM Open (1994)
WGNX News at Ten Open (1994)
1994 promotional ad of Karyn Greer & Steve Dawson 7:30 & 10pm news then a Tribune Owned Station
The 11 O'Clock News on 46 Open (1994-1995)
1994 promotional of WGNX46 becoming A CBS Affiliate
Primetime banner as CBS shows moves from WAGA-TV 5 to WGNX 46 in 1994.
WGNX became the CBS affiliate for the Atlanta market in December 1994, after WAGA-TV switched its affiliation to Fox, as part of an affiliation deal with New World Communications. Originally, WGNX was set to affiliate with The WB, as Tribune held a minority stake in that network. The WB affiliation instead ended up on former Fox O&O (and sister station between 1997 and 1998) WATL.
WGNX News Open (1995-1996)
WGNX News Open (1996-1998)
WGNX News Open (1998-1999)
1998- main anchors- John McKnight & Karyn Greer
CBS Atlanta News logo (1999–2000)
CBS Atlanta News Open #1 (1999–2000)
CBS Atlanta News Open #2 (1999–2000)
Jane Robelot & Calvin Hughes- 2000
On August 23, 1998, Tribune Broadcasting announced it would sell WGNX to the Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation for $370 million, as a three-way exchange deal in which Tribune would concurrently acquire Fox affiliate KCPQ in Tacoma, Washington from Kelly Broadcasting – which was in the process of exiting from television, with the concurrent sale of NBC affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento to Hearst-Argyle Television for $370 million.
Clear News 2000 open
Around the same time, WGNX changed its branding to "CBS Atlanta". The station changed its callsign to WGCL-TV on July 4, 2000 to reflect its new slogan, "We're Georgia's CLear TV", along with a soft news concept called Clear News. After two years, WGCL rebranded as "CBS Atlanta" again, before re-adopting the "CBS 46" moniker only several months later.
In 2003, the station began branding as "CBS 46" for the second time (the first without the station's call letters prominently accompanying said brand). The logo adopted with the change, which incorporated a modernized version of the 1984–95 numerical logo, was based on that used from 1996 to 1998 by fellow CBS affiliate WIAT (then WBMG) in Birmingham.
Talent bumper from 2003
2004- [main anchors] Tony Harris & Stephany Fisher
Logo with URL in place of callsign
CBS 46 News at 6:00 open from 2004-2009
2005- 4pm banner
2005- closing title card at 6pm
2005- 6pm Rich Noonan & Cynne Simpson
2008- Stephany Fisher & Bill Gains
3D glossy version
WGCL newscast logo (2009-2014)
CBS Atlanta News open (2009-2014)
2014- Scott Light & Stephany Fisher
2011 6pm CBS Atlanta News
The CBS Atlanta branding returned after six years in 2009. Along with it came a graphics refresh.
Alternate variant (2014–2018)
Primary variant (2018–2020)
Blue-on-white website variant (2018–2020)
Social media variant (2018–2020)
Primary variant (2020–present)
CBS 46 News logo (2014–2018)
CBS 46 News open (2014–2018)
CBS 46 News open (2018–2020)
CBS 46 News "Getting Results" title card from newscast open (2018–2020)