KNTV goes to an hour for News at Midday.

KNTV 11 / San Jose – San Francisco – Oakland (“NBC Bay Area”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Say it ain’t so. It has finally happened in San Francisco. Question was: Who would do it? Answer: KNTV 11.

KNTV 11 has recently expanded their midday newscast to an hour. NBC Bay Area News Midday is now on from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and is now San Francisco’s ONLY hour-long midday newscast, period. Whether it’s 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 noon, KNTV 11 has the ONLY hour-long midday newscast in the Bay Area, as KGO 7 still does theirs for half-hour at 11:00 a.m. and competing with KNTV 11’s now hour-long 11:00 a.m. newscast while KTVU 2 and KPIX 5 compete for News at Noon for half-hour. The newscast is anchored by Peggy Bunker and Scott McGrew with Weather from Meteorologist (and former WFOR 4 / Miami traffic reporter) Christina Loren.

I think I knew this would happen at some point. It’s about time it’s done with.


A small minor newscast change… #14

WBIN-TV 50 / Derry – Manchester, NH – Boston, MA (“WBIN 18”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Another small minor newscast change to report…

… WBIN  18 has recently launched their weekend half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast, also titled NH1 News TONIGHT. The new half-hour newscast is the ONLY ones on at 10:00 from New Hampshire, but joins WHDH 7 on WLVI 56 and WFXT 25 as the other 2 in the Boston media market to have a weekend 10:00 p.m. newscast. The newscast is anchored by Charlie Sherman.

No other major additions or expansions to report.

A small minor newscast change… #13

WDIV-TV 4 / Detroit (“Local 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than We have a small minor newscast change to report to start our day…

… WDIV 4’s noon newscast is now an hour-long newscast. The newscast was only a half-hour to support a daytime rerun of Jeopardy! but then took that out for a paid program, but now that’s gone as well for WDIV 4’s expanded noon news. This is just a handful of events from WDIV 4’s noon newscast history. CORRECTION: According to poster John Zadikian (thanks for reading our blog!), the program was canceled in 2013 for LIVE in the D and when that program debuted, it was on from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The noon newscast went to online-only viewers while on TV, it was replaced by a paid program and Jeopardy! from 12:00-1:00 p.m. But viewer backlash resulted in the station resuming a noon newscast. It’s always been a half-hour, but is now Detroit’s ONLY hour-long noon newscast. It also marks a return for hour-long noon news in the market, every since WXYZ 7 cut their noon news to half-hour to make way for Right This Minute.

The newscast is anchored by Evrod Cassimy, Rhonda Walker and Local4Caster AMS & NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Brandon Roux.

That’s all we got for to report for now. No other major additions or expansions to report.

WBAL has expanded their 10:00 p.m. newscast to weekends.

WBAL-TV 11 / Baltimore (“WBAL-TV 11”)
WBAL-DT 11.2 / Baltimore (“WBAL+”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Speaking of Baltimore… one of WBFF 45’s rivals has taken one of their news broadcasts and expand it to weekends.

WBAL 11 has recently expanded their weekday 10:00 p.m. broadcast to weekends. 11 News at 10:00 has expanded to weekends, but is still a half-hour newscast and is seen on WBAL-DT 11.2, known as WBAL+, which carries a mix of Me-TV programs, as well as local newscasts (weekdays from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and now, nightly at 10:00 p.m. as well as weekend morning repeats), Baltimore Ravens programming and other programming.

The 10:00 p.m. weekend newscast is anchored by Deborah Weiner, 11 InstaWeather+ from AMS/Sealed meteorologist John Collins and 11 Sports from Pete Gilbert. The new 10:00 p.m. weekend newscast will now make WBAL 11, able to compete 7-days a week against WBFF 45’s longer-established hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast.

WRGX has added a second option for local news at 4:00 p.m. in Dothan.

WRGX-LD 23 / Dothan, AL (“WRGX”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WRGX 23 was created in 2013 and shares local news from WTVY 4, but with no simulcasts from WRGX 23, but it has some newscasts of it’s own.

It debuted it’s own 5:30 p.m. newscast when the channel was launched last year, but now there’s a new newscast on-the-air on WRGX 23. On Monday October 20th, 2014, the station added a half-hour 4:00 p.m. newscast called WRGX First News at 4:00. The NEW half-hour newscast is anchored by Kevin Presley and Katrice Nolan (who also anchors the WTVY Primetime News at 9:00 on Dothan’s CW – WTVY-DT 4.3 / The CW). Even though this newscast also competes with WDFX 34’s FOX 34 News, First at 4:00, that newscast focuses more on the Montgomery area because WDFX 34 simulcasts newscasts from WSFA 12 in Montgomery, including it’s morning newscast from 4:30-7:00 a.m., 4:00-5:00 and 9:00-9:30 p.m. (WSFA 12.2 / Bounce TV) The WRGX 23, 4:00 p.m. newscast is Dothan-based, as it’s produced from the studios of WTVY 4, WRGX 23’s sister station, which makes this new newscast, the ONLY Dothan-based newscast at 4:00 p.m.

We’ll see how this one goes.

There’s more news on WSPA and WHNS. Here’s why…

WSPA-TV 7 / Spartanburg – Greenville – Anderson, SC – Asheville, NC (“7 On Your Side”)
WHNS 21 / Greenville – Spartanburg – Anderson, SC – Asheville, NC (“FOX Carolina”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Now there are more expansions to news in Western Carolinas.

First off, WSPA 7 has expanded 7 On Your Side Daybreak to 4:30 a.m., making it the 3rd station in the area (after WYFF 4 and WLOS 13) to expand to 4:30 a.m. WHNS 21 is still the ONLY one to start at 5:00 a.m. But speaking of WHNS 21…

… WHNS 21 has recently expanded it’s weekday morning newscast to the 9:00 a.m. hour. The FOX Carolina Morning News is now broadcast from 5:00-10:00 a.m. and becomes the ONLY station to broadcast from 7:00-10:00 a.m. The 9:00 a.m. hour marks a return for the area, as WLOS 13 used to broadcast a 9:00 a.m. hour for WMYA 40, but was later canceled in 2013.

Great things are happening in Western Carolinas, indeed.

WTSP expands to 4:30 a.m. starting Monday.

WTSP 10 / St. Petersburg – Tampa (“10 News”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WTSP 10 is so bad in the ratings in the market, but will finally deliver some good news, of sorts. In fact, it’s gonna be late to this party.

Starting Monday October 20th, WTSP 10 will expand it’s morning newscast to 4:30 a.m., becoming just the 3rd station out of 5 in the market (WFLA 8, WTSP 10, WTVT 13, WFTS 28 and Sarasota-based WWSB 40/Cable 7) to expand to 4:30 a.m. The new half-hour newscast will be anchored by Allison Kropff and Joe Gumm. WFLA 8 and WTVT 13 already have news at 4:30 a.m. so, good luck WTSP.

But this would also affect programming changes to WTSP 10 starting this Monday, including adding Inside Edition, LIVE at 3:00 p.m. (which is rare for any station to carry, since those who do would carry it later), a second episode of Jeopardy at 3:30 p.m., moving Let’s Make a Deal to 10:00 a.m. and adding the second half-hour of CBS News’ Face the Nation, starting next Sunday.

So basically, this is how the new daytime lineup would be for WTSP 10…

  • 10:00-11:00 AM: Let’s Make a Deal
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: The Price is Right
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: 10 News at Noon
  • 12:30-1:30 PM: The Young and the Restless
  • 1:30-2:00 PM: The Bold and the Beautiful
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: The Talk
  • 3:00-3:30 PM: Inside Edition (LIVE)
  • 3:30-4:00 PM: Jeopardy! (a second episode)
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Dr. Phil
  • 5:00-5:30 PM: 10 News at 5:00
  • 5:30-6:00 PM: 10 News at 5:30
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: 10 News at 6:00
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

Again, WTSP 10 is late to the party for 4:30 a.m. morning news.