KWTV’s owner is buying KSBI and could change the O.K.C. news landscape.

KWTV-DT 9 / Oklahoma City (“KWTV 9”)
KSBI 52 / Oklahoma City (“KSBI”)

Now this could change the O.K.C. news landscape forever. Or maybe now. We’ll see.

TVSpy reported earlier today that KWTV 9’s owners, Griffin Communications, is buying KSBI 52. At this time, cash purchase is not being reported. However, it will be brought from Family Broadcasting Group, Inc., KSBI 52’s soon-to-be former owners.

With this deal, KSBI 52 would create a duopoly with KWTV 9 and would create even more opportunities for KWTV 9 to broadcast even more news and weather programming for KSBI 52. And since the station is a MyNetworkTV affiliate, it could create a third primetime news option at 9:00 p.m.

They already said that it would move CBS programming to KSBI 52, just in case KWTV 9 has to air any BREAKING NEWS or severe weather wall-to-wall coverage (as it’s usual in nicknamed Tornado Alley, which includes Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and some other states in the Midwest). Not only it could provide a primetime news option for KSBI 52, but it could also air news in other timeslots that KWTV 9 just doesn’t have time for (example, 7:00-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 5:30-6:00 p.m., weekend mornings, etc.)

We’ll just see how this all goes, once KSBI 52 is in KWTV 9’s hands. I bet it will go well.

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KOTV also added news at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays too.

KOTV-DT 6 / Tulsa (“KOTV 6”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: As if I didn’t know that either. Weeks ago, we learned that KWTV 9 added Saturday news at 6:30 p.m. NOW, the same thing has happened to KOTV 6 in Tulsa.

KOTV 6 has added a 6:30 p.m. Saturday newscast and this has been on since July as the former program that was on, Discover Oklahoma, which is produced by the Oklahoma Department of Travel and Tourism, moved to KTUL 8. Just like KWTV 9, KOTV 6 broadcasts the ONLY local newscast, on at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday nights in Tulsa.

I was unaware of this until now. Btw, I have some more news about KOTV 6’s owner, Griffin Communications, that could impact the news landscape in O.K.C. More details in the next post.

Newscasts debuting this week… Edition #7

WPTZ 5 / Plattsburgh, NY – Burlington, VT (“NewsChannel 5”)

Edition #7. And only one newscast debuting this week from what I’m told.

Monday September 29th, 2014:

  • 10:00-10:30 PM: NewsChannel 5 at 10:00 (5.2 – The CW and 5.3 – Me-TV)

WPTZ in Plattsburgh-Burlington. This new newscast will be on BOTH The Valley CW and The Valley’s Me-TV

That’s all we got for this week. Stay tuned to our blog for more.

There’s no more KAKE on Sunday mornings in Wichita.

KAKE 10 / Wichita – Hutchinson (“KAKELand”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Whenever a station no longer airs a newscast, that is bad news for us here on the blog. And we just recently realized of a station in Kansas that has dropped a newscast.

KAKE 10 in Wichita has dropped it’s Sunday morning broadcast of Good Morning Kansas. It was on between 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m. with GMA in between at 7:00 a.m. and it was followed by This Week at 9:00 and then KAKE’s This Week in Kansas at 10:00 a.m. NOW, the station runs 2 paid programs during both those timeslots. It now leaves KWCH 12’s Eyewitness News This Morning on KSCW on it’s sister station, KSCW 33 (The CW) as the ONLY Sunday morning newscast on in the area and it airs from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

This brings a peaceful shame to KAKELand (what the station and it’s satellites are commonly known as) as the station celebrates it’s 60th anniversary this year in October (promoting the anniversary as Piece of KAKE).

Newscasts debuting this weekend… Edition #5

KQCA 58 / Stockton – Sacramento – Modesto (“My 58”)
WFOX-TV 30 / Jacksonville (“FOX 30”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Newscasts debuting this weekend… YEP. That again.

Saturday/Sunday September 28th/29th, 2014:

  • 6:00-7:00 AM: Action News This Morning at 6:00 a.m. on FOX 30
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: Action News This Morning at 7:00 a.m. on FOX 30
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: Action News This Morning at 8:00 a.m. on FOX 30 (Saturdays ONLY)

WFOX in Jacksonville. As I mentioned days ago, for the first time in either WJAX 47 or WFOX 30’s history, it will finally debut weekend morning newscasts, but ONLY on WFOX 30. WJAX 47 will remain with other kinds of programming.

  • 10:00-11:00 PM: KCRA 3 News at 10:00 on My 58 KQCA

KQCA in Sacramento. With this expansion, all 3 Sacramento prime-time newscasts at 10:00 p.m. (KOVR 13’s CBS 13 News at 10:00, KTXL 40’s FOX 40 News at 10:00 and KQCA 58’s KCRA 3 News at 10:00 on My 58) will be an hour-long, 7 nights a week.

KVII has expanded it’s “Daybreak” to 4:30 a.m. in Amarillo.

KVII-TV 7 / Amarillo (“ProNews 7”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Amarillo is a small market in Texas, compared to other medium and larger-sized markets in the state, but this can be a part of The Rare Files.

KVII 7 has recently expanded ProNews 7 Daybreak from 5:00 (which was already Amarillo’s earliest start) to 4:30 a.m. (now Amarillo’s even earlier start). This has recently launched this year and is Amarillo’s earliest start, since KAMR 4 (NBC) and KFDA 10 (CBS) both start at 5:30 a.m. and with good length too because Amarillo is considered a small market, but for KVII 7, they don’t like to treat themselves like a small market station, apparently. KVII 7 has become a sort of a market leader in the area, but fighting off with KFDA 10 for the #1 news. This newscast has been on for a while now. And this is a rare file indeed because 4:30 a.m. is rare for news in a small market, but KVII 7 made it happen.

Umm… that’s it I guess.

Changes within the Boise market…

KBOI-TV 2 / Boise – Nampa – Caldwell (“KBOI 2”)
KIVI-TV 6 / Nampa – Boise – Caldwell (“Today’s Channel 6”)
KNIN-TV 9 / Caldwell – Boise – Nampa (“FOX 9”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some few changes took place in the Boise market. I’d say recently, but this is probably going on for weeks or a month or so.

First off, KBOI 2 has recently moved it’s Sunday 5:00 p.m. newscast, back to 5:30 p.m. and now, once again, air news on both weekend days at 5:30 p.m. It also airs a 10:00 p.m. news show.

Back on August 25th, KNIN 9 started airing an extension of Good Morning Idaho from 7:00-8:00 a.m. from it’s sister station, KIVI 6. The show is anchored by the current 5:00-7:00 a.m. team of Good Morning Idaho that’s already seen on KIVI 6, which is Spencer Blake and Rachel Garceau with Traffic from J Bates. Weather was from Meteorologist Bri Eggers, but left the station to become the weekend evening (6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m.) meteorologist for WHDH 7 in Boston. The show now competes with both KYUU-LD 35/KBOI 2.2 (The CW; half-hour) and KTVB 7.2 (“Idaho’s Very Own 24/7” Ind.; hour-long) for morning news at 7:00 a.m. in Boise.

I’ve always thought Boise is an interesting market to follow. It still is.