UPDATE (as of 6:30 p.m. on 12/2/2014): Yesterday, we learned from The Baltimore Sun that Kai Jackson, a 20-year veteran of Baltimore TV and formerly working for WJZ 13 during that time, will return once again to the TV market on January 19th when he makes his anchoring debut for WBFF 45. He will replace Jeff Barnd, who was the main weeknight anchor and who will now become Sinclair’s national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. But all of this starts next year on January 19th, the day the hour-long weekday newscast, FOX 45 News at 4:00 will launch.
Originally, the launch day for the new newscast was January 12th, but is now being pushed back a week to accommodate Kai’s anchoring debut at WBFF 45. Kai will anchor all evening newscasts with another WBFF 45 veteran, Jennifer Gilbert, on weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m.
ORIGINAL POST (10/26/14 at 6:50 p.m.): Not even this news can escape my birthday. Yes, today: October 26th, 2014 is my 19th birthday. It’s been a good birthday so far and it’s not over yet. I wasn’t planning to post anything today because of my birthday, but with this news, I can’t hold it off no longer. This news was revealed on Friday, but I didn’t know it till late last night.
According to The Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, WBFF 45 is scheduled to add a 4:00 p.m. newscast, starting January 12th. FOX 45 News at 4:00 (appropriately titled for the new newscast) will compete against WJZ 13’s Eyewitness News at 4:00 for weekday news in that timeslot in Baltimore. The newscast is expected to be an hour-long to fully compete against WJZ 13, but The Baltimore Sun never mentioned whether it’s an hour-long or half-hour, but since Baltimore is a medium-sized market, compared to much smaller markets, WBFF 45’s 4:00 p.m. newscast should be an hour-long.
We don’t know who will anchor the 4:00 p.m. newscast, but rumors are reporting that Kai Jackson, formerly a 2+ decade veteran of WJZ 13, would anchor the new newscast, but that’s unconfirmed. We don’t know either if Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert would also anchor WBFF 45’s 4:00 p.m. newscast, alongside their current 5:00, 5:30, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. duties.
Also announced is that WBFF 45 would start carrying a 24/7 local weather channel in partnership with WeatherNation TV, probably gonna be called FOX 45 WeatherNation, by this upcoming week. The new channel would be broadcast on WBFF 45.2, replacing This TV which may move to 45.3 to replace ZUUS Country or just be discontinued altogether.
Just like what The Baltimore Sun‘s Zurawik said in his article, “Generally, the more news and competition, the better.” I happen to agree on that.