WOLO moves its midday newscast to 12:30 p.m.

WOLO-TV 25 / Columbia (“ABC Columbia”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: This could be one of WOLO’s smartest moves yet, since they are hard to be able to compete against WIS and WLTX. Here’s the details.

Since Monday January 5th, 2015, WOLO 25 has now aired its half-hour midday newscast at 12:30 p.m., moving it from its previous 12:00 Noon timeslot. ABC Columbia News Midday at 12:30 p.m., as its now known, is anchored by Crysty Vaughan and Rochelle Dean with ABC Columbia Weather from Meteorologist Jonathan Kennedy. The newscast is now at 12:30 p.m. because WOLO 25 has managed to get local rights to air The Andy Griffith Show from its previous local placeholder, WLTX 19. That program is now on at noon, taking the newscast’s timeslot and moving the newscast to 12:30 p.m.

With this move, the newscast is now the ONLY ones on in that timeslot, since WIS 10 and WLTX 19 produce their half-hour newscasts at 12:00 Noon while WACH 57 doesn’t produce one at all.

I love this move. It’s a good move for a usual 3rd/4th place station in Columbia. Keep it up WOLO 25!


WCAV and WVAW drops “Charlottesville TONIGHT” at 7:00 p.m.

WCAV 19 / Charlottesville, VA (“CBS 19”)
WVAW-LD 16 / Charlottesville, VA (“ABC 16”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Charlottesville’s ONLY local newscast at 7:00 p.m. is gone.

I have just checked the Charlottesville TV listings (have not checked it since August of 2013) and have now recently realized that WCAV 19 and WVAW 16 (both owned by Gray Television) are no longer airing Charlottesville TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. The half-hour newscast, produced by WCAV 19 and shown on both WCAV 19 and WVAW 16, is no longer shown and is replaced on WCAV 19 by Inside Edition and on WVAW 16 by Family Feud. With this, Charlottesville no longer has a 7:00 p.m. newscast as WVIR 29 doesn’t produce one at all.

This is a bad move for those who get home by 6:30 p.m. and now have to wait till 10:00 p.m. for the latest news. Bad move, WCAV 19.

WXIA will add the 5:00 p.m. starting March 2nd, but drops the Noon and 7:00 p.m.

WXIA-TV 11 / Atlanta (“11 Alive”)

If you like one other station than WXIA in particular, then this is good news for you. If you like the Atlanta TV market in general, then this is so-so news for you. If you only like WXIA, then this is bad news for you.

Starting March 2nd, WXIA 11 will add an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast called 11 Alive News at 5:00, starring long-time WXIA 11 veteran (and long-time Atlanta TV veteran) Brenda Wood and DeMarco Morgan (who used to work in my home market at WTVJ 6). This will replace Dr. Phil who will then have new episodes shown at 3:00 instead of 5:00 p.m. (the new ones were shown at 5:00 while repeats were on at 3:00. Starting March 2nd, the repeats move to WATL 36, The ATL TV at 6:00 p.m.) And this addition will make WXIA 11, the last station in the market to air news at 5:00 p.m. However, this does bring bad news…

… On February 27th, 11 Alive News at Noon and The Daily 11 at 7:00 with Brenda Wood will end. The half-hour newscasts will be replaced to make way for the new 5:00 p.m. newscast and for some other programming. At midday, the noon newscast will be replaced by an extension of WXIA 11’s daytime talk/”pay for play” program Atlanta and Company, in which it will now run from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and hosted by Christine Pullara. In its place at 12:30 p.m., where the program had its own spin-off, will be an encore daytime episode of Jeopardy! The newscast will be replaced by Wheel of Fortune!, creating another WOF-J! hour in another market, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

WXIA 11 canceled the 5:00 p.m. newscast in March of 2003 for Dr. Phil. Over on WATL 36, WOF at 7:00 p.m. will be replaced by The Andy Griffith Show while a rerun of Dr. Phil at 6:00 p.m. will replace Extra and a repeat of Jeopardy!

About the changes in WXIA 11’s news operation, John Deushane who is WXIA 11’s General Manager:

“Fewer people are watching local news in the middle of the day so they are transferring their efforts during that time frame online.”

He also said this about The Andy Griffith Show on WATL 36:

“This show never seems to get old, especially in the South.”

Bad timing and good timing indeed for WXIA 11. I’m not sure which side you fall under for this one.

WINK’s 6:30 p.m. newscast expands to weekends on WXCW.

WINK-TV 11 / Ft. Myers – Naples – Cape Coral (“WINK-TV”)
WXCW 46 / Naples – Ft. Myers – Cape Coral (“WXCW”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Back in April of 2014, WINK added a 6:30 p.m. weeknight newscast on its sister news station WXCW to compete against WFTX in the same timeslot. I guess its so popular in the area now that its on weekends as well.

Just recently, WINK 11 (Cable 5) has added a weekend edition of WINK News at 6:30 on WXCW (WXCW 46/Cable 6, changed their branding from TV 6 to just their call letters, last year.). The newscast, featuring WINK 11’s current weekend evening news team, now competes against WZVN 26 (Cable 7)’s ABC 7 News at 6:30 for weekend news in that timeslot. But only a Saturday edition was added as WXCW 46 now also simulcasts the Sunday edition of the news at 6:30 p.m. from WINK 11, which has been on at that time for years.

This does promise viewers, however, that WXCW 46 is the ONLY station in the market to air a 6:30 p.m. newscast, 7 nights a week, since WFTX 36 (Cable 4)’s hour-long FOX 4 News at 6:00 is only on weeknights while WZVN 7’s ABC 7 News at 6:30 is only aired on weekends.

WINK 11 is a very good station indeed and adding another newscast on WXCW 46 just proves it once again. But to answer as to who I like better, WINK 11 or WBBH 20 (Cable 2), that’s a tough one.

*NOTE: I added cable positions for every channel, since the Southwest Florida market has the highest use/rate of cable television, out of any market in America.


A Topeka tri-cluster makes news changes in recent months and “Kansas First News” is one of them.

KSNT 27 / Topeka, KS (“NBC 27 KSNT”)
KTMJ-CD 43 / Topeka, KS (“FOX 43 KTMJ”)
KTKA-TV 49 / Topeka, KS (“ABC 49 KTKA”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: This took place within the last week or two and I haven’t noticed it, but a tri-cluster duopoly has made changes to its news operation. Here’s all the details.

First, KSNT 27, KTMJ 43 and KTKA 49 were all broadcasting local news under Kansas First News. As of yesterday (as of this post), that branding was dropped for KSNT News with new graphics and new music. Which means, now there is KSNT-related branding on all 3 stations. All of these changes were made due to Media General now owning KSNT 27 and KTMJ-CD 43 with KTKA 49 owned by Vaughan Media, LLC but operated by M.G. due to a JSA and SSA.

Next, KTKA 49 discontinues the weeknight 6:30 p.m. newscast that it was held since KFN started. It’s now replaced by Family Feud with Steve Harvey at 6:30 p.m. and now, nobody is on for local news at that time, since KSNT 27, WIBW 13 and KTMJ 43 all air other syndicated programming.

The final change is that KSNT 27 has now added a weekend edition of the 9:00 p.m. half-hour newscast that was already on for KTMJ-CD 43 on weeknights. Now titled, KSNT News at 9:00 on FOX 43, it’s now the only newscast on at 9:00 p.m., 7 nights a week.

It’s been a while since I checked this market, but now I am officially caught up.

A lot of changes in Western Colorado, specifically with KREX, KFQX and KGJT.

KREX-TV 5 / Grand Junction, CO; KREG-TV 3 / Glenwood Springs, CO and KREY-TV 10 / Montrose, CO (all branded as “NewsChannel 5”)
KFQX 4 / Grand Junction, CO (“FOX 4”)
KGJT-CD 27 / Grand Junction, CO (“KGJT”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I haven’t checked Western Colorado in months and when that happens, expect changes to take place. And they have. Simulcasts are gone, new newscasts were added and all chaos broke loose. (haha JK.) Anyways, it only happened to the Nexstar Broadcast Group cluster of KREX, KFQX and KGJT. Here’s all the details.

First off, KFQX 4 and KGJT 27 no longer simulcast NewsChannel 5 at Noon, NewsChannel 5 at 5:00 and NewsChannel 5 at 10:00 from KREX 5. KFQX 4 also no longer airs a simulcast of KDVR 31 in Denver’s FOX 31 Denver News at 5:30. KGJT 27 also longer simulcast the weekend editions of NewsChannel 5 at 10:00 from KREX 5.  However, KGJT 27 continues to simulcast NewsChannel 5 This Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.) from KREX 5 and KFQX 4 continues to simulcast FOX 31 Denver News Good Day Colorado from 6:00-9:00 a.m. from KDVR 31 (the first hour is not shown due to Shepherd’s Chapel at 5:00 a.m.). Now for the other stuff…

… The second item is that KREX 5 has recently moved the 5:00 p.m. half-hour newscast on Saturdays to 6:00 p.m. The newscast now makes it the ONLY newscast on at that time in that market as KJCT 8 continues to air theirs at 5:00 p.m. while KKCO 11 airs their weekend newscast at 5:30 p.m. The station continues to produce a 5:00 p.m. half-hour newscast on Sundays.

And finally, KFQX 4 has recently introduced a new half-hour 9:00 p.m. newscast from KREX 5 called NewsChannel 5’s First News at 9:00 on FOX 4. The newscast is the ONLY ones on at that time in the market and is locally-based and locally-produced by KREX 5. KFQX 4 continues to air the weeknight editions of KDVR 31’s hour-long FOX 31 Denver News at 9:00, but now under a half-hour delay, starting at 9:30 p.m., which takes away the 10:00 p.m. news simulcast from KREX 5. And since the new broadcast is only on weeknights, FOX 31 Denver News at 9:00 will continue to air LIVE on weekends at 9:00 p.m.

All of these changes took place since Nexstar brought KREX 5 and KGJT 27 as well as operating KFQX 4 under a LMA in June of 2014.

In other words, its good and bad at the same time. Enjoy your news, Western Colorado.

Newscast debuting this week… Edition #12.

WOWT 6 / Omaha – Council Bluffs (“WOWT NBC Omaha”)

Here is a list of newscasts that are debuting this week… It’s not a debut, rather an expansion.

Monday January 26th, 2015

  • 6:00-7:00 PM: WOWT 6 News, LIVE at 6:00

WOWT in Omaha. The previously scheduled half-hour newscast expands to an hour-long newscast, becoming just the second in recent months in Omaha to expand to an hour, the first being KMTV 3 expanding their 4:00 p.m. newscast to an hour with an additional half-hour newscast at 4:30 p.m. John Knicely, Malorie Maddox, Mike LaPoint and Ross Jernstrom will all handle their duties for the newly expanded newscast, in which it will become the ONLY station in Omaha to be on with news at 6:30 p.m.

That’s it for this week. We’ll deliver more as we have more later.