A small minor newscast change… #18

KSWO-TV 7 / Lawton, OK – Wichita Falls, TX (“7 News”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: We do actually have another small minor newscast change to report and hopefully, this is the last one for the year…

… KSWO 7 has dropped its weeknight-only half-hour 9:00 p.m. newscast that was for its Live Well Network subchannel. It has been dropped due to KSWO 7 replacing the Live Well Network (which is shutting down in January 2015) for This TV and since This TV carries a lot of movies during the 9:00 p.m. hour, KSWO 7 had no choice but to discontinue the newscast. This now leaves KFDX 3 on KJTL 18 and KAUZ 6 on KAUZ-DT 6.2 as the only primetime news options in the Central Texoma market.

No other major additions or expansions to report.

A small minor newscast change… #17

KCBA 35 / Salinas – Monterey – Santa Cruz, CA (“FOX 35”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: The last small minor newscast change to report before the new year is here…

… KCBA 35 has dropped the Sunday 8:00 a.m. hour of Mornings on 2 from KTVU 2 in San Francisco. The hour is now replaced by Campus to Community, a KCBA public affairs program. Mornings on 2 is now only seen from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on KCBA 35, way low when compared to last year when KCBA 35 had Mornings on 2 on Sunday mornings from 7:00-10:00 a.m. It still competes with KSBW 8 for the 7:00 a.m. hour on Sunday mornings, but this now makes KSBW 8, the ONLY option for Sunday morning news at 8:00 a.m., but it also offer the ONLY Saturday morning newscast in the market from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

No other major additions or expansions to report.

WISH will shorten its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekend newscasts on January 3rd.

WISH-TV 8 / Indianapolis (“WISH-TV 8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I thought XETV’s 4:00 p.m. addition would be the last post of the year for me. I guessed wrong. And I thought WISH would keep all retaining newscast times on weekends. I guess not apparently, which means a few disadvantages now for the station starting tomorrow.

WISH 8 will be shortening its 6:00 p.m. weekend newscast to a half-hour, starting this Saturday with the 6:30 p.m. half-hour being replaced by How I Met Your Mother. Also, the 10:00 p.m. weekend news on WISH 8 will be shortened to a half-hour as well. At 10:30 p.m., it will be replaced by Inside Edition Weekend on Saturdays and WISH 8’s highly popular sports show, SportsLocker on Sundays.

With the shortening of the 6:00 p.m. news to a half-hour, that means NOBODY in Indianapolis will be on for news on weekends at 6:30 p.m. and shortening the 10:00 p.m. news to a half-hour will also mean that WXIN 59 will now be home to the ONLY hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast on weekends in the market.

I guess every advantage of being a CW or a supposed to be Independent station would have a disadvantage as well. Hmm… let’s see if this is the last post of the year.

XETV will add 4:00 p.m. news, starting January 12th.

XETV-TDT 6 / San Diego (“San Diego 6”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Thanks to a forum post that I read on TVNewsTalk.net, I have first exclusive details about this and yes, another news expansion is coming to an already heavy news producer market in San Diego. And this may be my last post of the year, regarding an addition or an expansion of some kind.

XETV 6 is ready to add an hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast starting January 12th. San Diego 6 News at 4:00, as it will be called, will be anchored by Jim Patton and Neda Iranpor with San Diego 6 Weather from chief meteorologist Sabrina Fein. With this addition, XETV 6 will have some pretty steep competition from the gecko as it will join KNSD 39’s long-established hour-long NBC 7 News at 4:00 and KSWB 69’s recently added earlier this year and hour-long FOX 5 News at 4:00 for local news in that timeslot in the market.

Just shows you that after the new year celebrations end, more and more local news is only coming towards our way.

KBMT discontinues the 7:00 a.m. morning newscast for its MYTX station.

KBMT 12 / Beaumont – Port Arthur, TX (“12 KBMT ABC”)
KUIL-LD 12.5 / Beaumont – Port Arthur (“MYTX”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: So much for that. KUIL is back to no more news in Southeast Texas. Here’s why.

The station that’s known as MYTX no longer recently airs a 7:00 a.m. morning newscast produced by KBMT 12, its sister station. 12 News Daybreak at 7:00 a.m. on MYTX, as it was known, was one of two options for a LIVE morning newscast at 7:00 a.m. with the other option being KBTV 4’s The Morning ShowLaw and Order: SVU has now taken its place at 7:00 a.m., which now leaves KBTV 4’s The Morning Show as the ONLY option for local news from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

If you like More Local News (one of KBMT’s former slogans) in Southeast Texas, well that’s not the case with KBMT 12. In other words, happy holidays!

Changes in the Charlotte market… Both involve cut-downs.

WBTV 3 / Charlotte (“WBTV”)
WSOC-TV 9 / Charlotte (“Channel 9”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I have recently checked the TV listings in Charlotte for all local market stations and I realized that 2 stations have cut down on news. 1 is now gone while the other is shortened.

WBTV 3 no longer shows the 8:00 p.m. hour-long primetime newscast on Bounce TV (WBTV-DT2). WBTV News at 8:00 on Bounce TV Charlotte, as it was called, was the only hour-long newscast during the 8:00-10:00 p.m. primetime hours in Charlotte. But it’s no longer on the air as it has been replaced by movies from Bounce TV and starting in the new year, 2 episodes of The Hughleys will take its place at 8:00 p.m.  But this wasn’t the only cut-down…

… Once again, WSOC 9 has shortened its midday newscast to a half-hour. Channel 9 Eyewitness News at Noon was an hour-long midday newscast, but is once again, now a half-hour newscast from 12:00-12:30 p.m. as it now shows Family Feud with Steve Harvey at 12:30 p.m. Channel 9 Eyewitness News at Noon was an hour-long newscast until months ago when Right This Minute took the 12:30 p.m. timeslot. Once RTM moved to their sister station WAXN 64, WSOC 9 once again had their midday newscast for an hour. But now with Family Feud over taking the 12:30 p.m. timeslot, the midday newscast is now a half-hour newscast again.

Not good for those who live in Charlotte and like to receive alot of news throughout the day.

A small minor newscast change… #16

WPLG 10 / Miami – Ft. Lauderdale (“Local 10”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Another small minor newscast change and it comes from my home market of South Florida.

Just quietly in recent weeks, WPLG 10 has moved its weekend newscast from 6:30 to 6:00 p.m. It hasn’t been shown on-air though due to ABC’s College Football coverage, but now that the college football season is winding down to all the bowl games, WPLG 10 has now made its move and now airs its weekend newscast at 6:00 p.m., instead of 6:30 p.m. like before.

No other major additions or expansions to report.