Well we got ourselves, our first cutting of newscasts to report for the new year 2015 and it will take place before. It involves LA’s dominant Independent station, KCAL.
KCAL 9 will be cutting its hour-long 2:00 p.m. newscast as well as its 3:00 p.m. half-hour newscast before the new year (maybe the week of or after Christmas). The 2:00 p.m. hour will be replaced by Judge Mathis and the 3:00 p.m. half-hour as well as Inside Edition at 3:30 p.m. by The People’s Court.
Nobody will be laid off as the staff for those afternoon shows will now be focusing on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts for its sister station, KCBS 2. With the station discontinuing these newscasts, there will now be NO local newscasts at either 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. and therefore, the L.A. market will no longer have a newscast at every single hour as the market used to, every hour from 4:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
(literary, KTLA 5 is on at 4:00 a.m., everybody except KCAL 9 from 4:30-7:00, KTLA 5 and KTTV 11 from 7:00-10:00, KTTV 11 from 10:00-10:30, KABC 7 and KCBS 2 at 11:00 a.m., KNBC 4, KCAL 9 and KTTV 11 at Noon, KTLA 5 at 1:00, KCAL 9 at 2:00 and 3:00, KABC 7 and KCAL 9 at 4:00, everybody except KTLA 5 and KCAL 9 at 5:00, everybody except KCAL 9 and KTTV 11 at 6:00, KTLA 5 at 6:30, KABC 7 on KDOC 56 at 7:00, KCAL 9 at 8:00 and 9:00, KTLA 5, KCAL 9 and KTTV 11 at 10:00 and everybody except KCAL 9 and KTTV 11 at 11:00 p.m.)
One of KCAL 9’s spokespersons said this:
We think we’ll be better served by having more resources working on a few less newscasts.
This is bad for an L.A. market that is really busy, all day long with traffic nightmares and lots of Hollywood stuff. Bad news indeed for a busy #2 market.