WGTU/WGTQ adds more local news, powered by WPBN/WTOM.

WGTU 29 / Traverse City – Cadillac and WGTQ 8 / Sault Ste. Marie (“ABC 29&8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: In Northern Michigan, there’s really not much news departments there. You either have WPBN 7/WTOM 4, the usual market leader WWTV 9/WWUP 10 or the 24-hour news channel WMNN-LD 26. But there are also news on some other stations that don’t produce any news. WGTU 29/WGTO 8 is one of them.

Its been a long time since WGTU 29/WGTQ 8 has added a LIVE 6:30 p.m. newscast called UpNorth LIVE News at 6:30 on ABC 29&8. Just more recently, the station has also added UpNorth LIVE News at 11:00 on ABC 29&8. The broadcast is more likely pre-recorded though because of the same ownership as WPBN 7/WTOM 4, in which those stations provide the resources and content for the newscasts and also airs a LIVE 11:00 p.m. newscast at the same time. The half-hour newscast at 11:00 p.m. also competes with WWTV 9/WWUP 10 for local news in the market. If you love 24-hour news channels, WMNN-LD 26 can count since it broadcasts a 24-hour local news channel called MI News 26 that focuses on Northern Michigan.

WGTU 29/WGTQ 8 also recently added a Sunday night 11:00 p.m. newscast, but in a different title of ABC 29&8 Newsbreak. The program is also half-hour and also uses the resources from WPBN 7/WTOM 4. This program is also pre-recorded due to WPBN 7/WTOM 4 airing LIVE news at 11:00 p.m.

WGTU 29/WGTQ 8 is sorta there for news and its there for Northern Michigan.

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