KCAL is cutting 90 minutes of news before the New Year.

KCAL-TV 9 / Los Angeles (“KCAL 9”)

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.

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