WPXT no longer broadcasts a 7:00 a.m. morning news program.

WPXT 51 / Portland, ME (“WPXT, The CW”)
WCSH 6 / Portland, ME (“WCSH 6”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Well, I didn’t about this till now. Back in the Spring of 2014, WPXT 51 dropped it’s 7:00 a.m. morning news program, produced by WCSH 6. The program was called WCSH NewsCenter 6 Morning Report Xtra at 7:00 a.m. and was an hour-long broadcast that featured the morning news team from WCSH 6. Unfortunately, it looks like the news program didn’t do well against WPFO 23’s hour-long Good Day Maine at 7:00 a.m. (which is produced by WGME 13 and is now the only newscast on from 7:00-8:00 a.m.) And now WPXT 51 carries no local news content at all.

Another failed local news attempt for WPXT 51, I guess.

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WJET is set to expand their morning newscast to 5:00 a.m.

WJET-TV 24 / Erie, PA (“JET 24”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Erie is a very small market and is not much known as a big time PA market. It’s the smallest market in the state, but yet… there is a shining light for those who love WJET 24. Here’s why.

Starting September 1st (this upcoming Monday, which is also Labor Day), JET 24 Action News Good Morning Erie expands to 5:00 a.m. Previously, the morning broadcast started at 5:30 a.m. and will now compete with WICU 12’s 12 News Today for morning news at 5:00 a.m. JET 24 has had their morning newscast start at 5:30 a.m. for years, because of Erie being a small market.

What’s weird about this market is that WJET 24 will now air morning news from 5:00-7:00 a.m. but have WFXP 66 still air a morning newscast from 8:00-9:00 a.m., instead of 7:00-9:00 a.m. WJET 24 produces a weekday 8:00 a.m. morning newscast and a nightly 10:00 p.m. newscast for WFXP FOX 66.

Kudos to WJET 24 for finally giving 5:00 a.m. a chance. It’s long overdue.

For the first time, 7:00-9:00 a.m. morning news in Spokane.

KREM 2 / Spokane, WA – Coeur d’Alene, ID (“KREM 2”)
KSKN 22 / Spokane, WA – Coeur d’Alene, ID (“Spokane’s CW 22”)

UPDATE as of 12:15 a.m. on 8/30/2014: Talked to Jen once again as to when the new newscast will debut. And now we know. Thanks to her being active on social media, we now know that the new newscast will debut on September 15th. KREM 2 News First Edition on Spokane’s CW 22 will be home to the area’s ONLY local morning newscast from 7:00-9:00 a.m.


 

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Nobody seems to be reporting on this, but I talked to KREM 2 personality Jen York on Facebook and confirmed that KREM 2 is adding a 7:00-9:00 a.m. morning newscast for KSKN 22. KREM 2 News First Edition on Spokane’s CW 22 will debut at some point in September from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on KSKN 22. The new newscast will be anchored by the current morning team of Anchors Laura Papetti and Sten Walstrom, StormTracker 2 Weather from Meteorologist Katie Boer, morning reports from Breanna Roy and of course, digital media reporter Jen York. Nobody broadcasts local news from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in that area which will make the expanded morning newscast, the only one on from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Spokane – Coeur d’Alene area.

In Toledo, expansions are happening on Channels 13 and 24…

WNWO-TV 24 / Toledo (“NBC 24”)
WTVG 13 / Toledo (“13abc”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than The Toledo Blade): Well well… isn’t this a great time in Toledo ? 2 stations are expanding their news operations by adding newscasts. One will be added very soon while the other is gonna be added as early as January. Let’s start with WNWO 24…

Starting September 8th, WNWO 24 will add an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast called NBC 24 News at 5:00. It’s an effort from Sinclair Broadcast Group (the un-godful owners of WNWO 24) to ramp up the station and make it’s newscasts compete with it’s rivals, once again. The newscast will be anchored by news director Jim Blue and Toledo news-veteran Laura Emerson, who returned to Toledo this year after anchoring and reporting for WPSD 6 (NBC) in Paducah, KY. Laura was part of WUPW 36’s original news team from 1996 until she left in 2012 (she left 4 months before WUPW 36’s in-house news department was shut down in favor of newscasts from WTOL 11). This could be good for a station that has always been in last place in the ratings. But there’s also another expansion…

… WTVG 13 is scheduled to launch CW 13 on September 1st at 4:00 a.m., bringing viewers in Northwestern Ohio, a CW over-the-air station for the very first time, as it would be on WTVG-DT 13.2 (replacing the Live Well Network, which is scheduled to shut down in January of 2015). This will help expand the presence of the CW network in Toledo and for WTVG as well. Why? Because WTVG 13 will launch an hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast for CW 13, sometime as early as January. It would help expand the presence of 13abc Action News, which recently has been the #1 news station in Northwestern Ohio, displacing long-time leader WTOL 11.

The Toledo market is getting hot… very hot indeed, news-wise of course.

WSAZ will give you a “First Look at 4:00” in Charleston and Huntington…

WSAZ-TV 3 / Huntington – Charleston, WV (“WSAZ NewsChannel 3”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Well… the market leader is expanding once again. WSAZ NewsChannel 3 is #1 in the Huntington-Charleston, WV market and they will expand to keep that #1 dominance.

On September 8th (god help me), WSAZ NewsChannel 3, First Look at 4:00 will debut. It will be an hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast that will be anchored by the current 10:00 p.m. team (seen on WQCW 30) of Bill Murray, Brittany Hoke and WSAZ First Warning Weather Meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese. This new newscast will be the ONLY one on at 4:00 p.m., since WCHS 8 and WOWK 13 both start their weekday early-evening newscasts at 5:00 p.m.

This is just the third such expansion at WSAZ 3 this year:

  • WSAZ 3 expanded their Midday broadcast to a full-hour.
  • WSAZ 3 moved The 10:00 O’Clock News broadcast to WQCW 30 after WSAZ 3’s owner Gray brought WQCW 30 earlier this year and expanded that broadcast to a full-hour.
  • WSAZ 3 adds an hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast called First Look at 4:00.

With this expansion, WSAZ 3 will continue to dominate it’s #1 status in the market.

KMGH is set to return to broadcasting news at 6:00 p.m. (UPDATE: It comes at a cost.)

KMGH-TV 7 / Denver (“Denver’s 7”; “ABC 7”)

UPDATE as of 7:10 p.m. on 8/26/2014: This new newscast at 6:00 p.m. will come at a cost though for one of it’s earlier newscasts. The 11:00 a.m. midday newscast will be cut down to 30 minutes to make way for Right This Minute at 11:30 a.m., which used to air at 9:30 a.m. but that 9:00 a.m. hour is scheduled to be replaced by The Meredith Viera Show, which makes it’s series premiere on September 8th.

So in other words, KMGH 7 adds a 6:00 p.m. newscast while cutting the midday newscast to just 30 minutes, all come September 8th. Hmm…..


FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than The Denver Post): We received a great tip from a guy named Skyler who told me about this. Again, since nobody else has reported it, we are once again… FIRST ON THE BLOG.

Guess who’s scheduled to make a return to the 6:00 p.m. news game in Denver? KMGH 7. Yes, that’s right… KMGH 7. The station that discontinued it’s 6:00 p.m. newscast in 2006 to fill Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune in that hour. But since KMGH 7 is now owned by Scripps, they are pushing the game shows away for more Scripps-related content. In place of both shows are The List at 6:30 p.m. and 7 News Right NOW at 6:00. Yes, KMGH 7 is adding a 6:00 p.m. newscast starting September 8th and will be anchored by Anne Trujillo, Eric Kahnert and 24/7 Weather with AMS-CBM and NWA/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson. Again, this a return for a 6:00 p.m. newscast for KMGH 7 since 2006.

This newscast will compete with KCNC 4’s CBS 4 News at 6:00 (which also broadcasts an additional half-hour at 6:30 p.m.) and KUSA 9’s 9 News at 6:00 (#1 in that timeslot.). We’ll find out how it deals against the competition on September 8th when the new newscast debuts. This news was first reported by The Denver Post (great newspaper, btw).

We received this news from a tipster named Skyler. Just shows you that if you have any tips, then please submit them! Go to the Contact Us/Submit Tips page to submit anything that you may have that we don’t know about yet. It’s beginning to be very useful! And you’re making this blog, a great place for TV news junkies and for the TV news industry. Thank you!

KSAT 12 loses a half-hour at 4:00 p.m., but gains a half-hour at 6:30 p.m.

KSAT-TV 12 / San Antonio (“KSAT 12”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than MySA at MySanAntonio.com): Well it looks like KSAT 12 will do a role-swap in the afternoon. The station has been doing poorly on it’s 4:00 p.m. newscast as it continues it’s 2nd-place run to KENS 5’s Eyewitness News, First at 4:00. Because of that, after September 5th’s show, KSAT 12’s First News at 4:00 will no longer air. It has rejected KSAT 12 from claiming a full sweep on it’s ratings, since all of their newscasts (except the 4:00 p.m. newscast) are usually #1, including the hour-long noon and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Speaking of hour-long, KSAT 12 will expand it’s 6:00 o’clock newscast, The KSAT 12, 6:00 O’Clock News, to an hour-long, starting September 8th.

With the discontinuation of the 4:00 p.m. broadcast, KENS 5 will be back as the ONLY station in San Antonio with news at 4:00 p.m. while KSAT 12 will face competition from WOAI 4’s already-established 6:30 p.m. broadcast. It’s a swap of roles for KSAT 12.

IMO… I expect KSAT 12 to dominate the 6:00 O’Clock hour, since WOAI 4 has always been in #3 place in terms of news, so when KSAT 12 finishes it’s first month of it’s hour-long 6:00 O’Clock news, I wouldn’t be surprised if KSAT 12 already beats WOAI 4 for local news at 6:30 p.m. Wouldn’t be surprised.

KSAT 12’s First News at 4:00 would be replaced by Inside Edition and this is how the new daytime lineup would roll out:

  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. – Inside Edition (moves from 4:30 p.m.)
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. – Entertainment TONIGHT
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. – KSAT 12 News at 5:00
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. – ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (expected to be replaced by David Muir on Tuesday, September 2nd)
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – The KSAT 12, 6:00 O’Clock News