I wasn’t supposed to post today, due to the Christmas break, but since this news came up today, I have to bring it up.
Anyways, we told you weeks ago that KCAL 9 is cutting its 2:00 p.m. hour-long and 3:00 p.m. half-hour newscast while shortening the 4:00 p.m. newscast to a half-hour, which starts Monday. It looks like that poor decision from that station in a very busy L.A. market has been picked up by a good decision and a great advantage for KTLA 5.
Starting today, KTLA 5 has added an hour-long 3:00 p.m. broadcast. The newscast now becomes the ONLY station in Los Angeles with an hour-long 3:00 p.m. newscast or with a 3:00 p.m. newscast of any kind, since KCAL 9 is ending them today. KTLA 5 News at 3:00 now compliments its earlier afternoon newscast KTLA 5 News at 1:00 and now makes it the ONLY station in L.A. to be on at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Also, KTLA 5 has added a temporary hour-long 2:00 p.m. newscast. KTLA 5 News at 2:00 will only run up until New Year’s Eve, at which point the newscast will be discontinued and be replaced by Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson (who left his CBS Late Late Show gig, last week). Again, its only temporary.
When one station in L.A. pulls the plug on afternoon newscasts, another station in the market will pick it up. In this case, KCAL 9 turns it over to KTLA 5.