FIRST ON THE BLOG: I didn’t know nothing about these changes until today and here are those changes, regarding the Gainesville TV market.
First, the combined news operations for WNBW 9, WGFL 28 (Cable 4) and WMYG 11, known as GTN News. These newscasts are produced by Davenport, IA-based Independent Network News (INN) and lately, it’s not doing well. Why am I say that? Before, GTN News did newscasts at 5:30 and 6:00 on WNBW 9/WGFL 28, 10:00 on WMYG 11 and 11:00 on WNBW 9/WGFL 28. But recently, GTN News has cut the 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. broadcasts and are now on at just 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. for WNBW 9/WGFL 28. Apparently, viewers are not catching on, since everybody in the market continues to like WCJB-TV 20 (the long-time market leader in Gainesville and until 2010, was the only news operation based in Gainesville). This ain’t the only change in the market…
… WOGX 51 simulcasts some newscasts from their sister station in Orlando, WOFL 35. The simulcasts include Good Day Orlando on weekday mornings and nightly at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. Before recently, WOGX 51 only simulcasted Good Day Orlando from 4:30-9:00 a.m. But now, the simulcast has included the 9:00 a.m. hour and now means that WOGX 51 simulcasts the entire weekday morning show from WOFL 35. They still don’t simulcast the weeknight 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news as well as the weekend edition of Good Day Orlando (which is seen from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on WOFL 35).
Gainesville is seeing it’s fair share of left and right changes, news-wise. This is one of them.