FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than New England One at NewEnglandOne.com): It looks like there are now 4 stations in the Boston – Manchester market to air an hour-long newscast at 10:00 p.m. on weeknights. Here’s why.
Back on September 29th, WBZ-TV 4 expanded the 10:00 p.m. newscast on WSBK 38 to an hour. The newscast is anchored by Jonathan Elias (who succeed Jack Williams as main anchor at WBZ-TV 4) and Paula Ebben (WBZ-TV 4 veteran who anchored with Jack on his final newscast after 37 years, just weeks ago). The new expanded newscast now competes entirely with 3 other stations in the market…
- 10:00-11:00 PM: FOX 25 News at 10:00
- 10:00-11:00 PM: 7 News at 10:00 on CW 56
- 10:00-11:00 PM: NH1 News TONIGHT at 10:00
Unlike WFXT and WLVI, but like WBIN, WBZ’s 10:00 p.m. newscast is just weeknights ONLY as it still doesn’t offer a weekend newscast at 10:00 p.m. In fact, the weeknight-only 10:00 p.m. newscast on WSBK is the station’s only newscast. I didn’t mention WMUR’s 10:00 p.m. newscast on Me-TV New Hampshire because it’s now the ONLY station in the Boston – Manchester market with a half-hour weeknight 10:00 p.m. newscast. If you count WMUR for news at 10:00 p.m. though, then it’s 5 stations in the market doing 10:00 p.m. news on weeknights and that’s more than the Top 6 markets, before Boston: #1 N.Y.C. (2 stations), #2 L.A. (3 stations), #3 Chicago (2 stations), #4 Philadelphia (4 stations), #5 DFW (2 stations) and #6 San Francisco (2 stations)
Did viewers started tuning in more or they just wanna compete with the rest? Hmm… we’ll find out soon enough.