FIRST ON THE BLOG: Remember when KSNV’s former owner, Intermountain West under Jim Rogers, that KSNV would expand to an all-news format during the daylight hours? Well, KSNV’s current owner, Sinclair, is starting to let that happen.
The station has recently announced that Ralston Reports, hosted by Jon Ralston, will end on Friday December 12th after a 14-year run. In its place, a brand NEW half-hour 6:30 p.m. local newscast.
KSNV 3 will air News 3 LIVE at 6:30 in its place. The new weeknight half-hour newscast, which will start on Monday December 15th, will compete with KTNV 13’s Channel 13 Action News at 6:30 for local news in that timeslot. According to The Las Vegas Sun, KSNV 3’s GM Lisa Howfield said that the station is cutting back on its political commentary and expanding its local news content. But in reality, I know that its Sinclair’s move for the station and not the GM’s move.
Ralston will leave KSNV 3, but will remain in Journalism, as he has an email news flash service that he started in 2012 and will continue to update his own website. He’s also a contributor to Politico Magazine. All of this in the heels of Sinclair buying KSNV 3 from Intermountain West earlier this year.
It just shows you that under Sinclair, neither no show, nor no local station personality, is safe from the changes of Sinclair Broadcast Group.