KTVH and KBGF are now on at 5:00 p.m. in Helena/Great Falls.

KTVH-DT 12 / Helena and KBGF-LD 50 / Great Falls (“KTVH/KBGF”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Say it ain’t so. If you were looking for a rut-down news operation, at least one station in Montana that was that was KTVH/KBGF. After yesterday, they no longer are. At least for now.

KTVH 12/KBGF 50 were owned and operated by IWC Mountain West Communications (a.k.a. Jim Rogers) until last year where its now owned by Gray Television. And now Gray has made significant changes to the stations including a new newscast…

… Since January 5th, 2015 (yesterday as of this post), KTVH 12/KBGF 50 has started airing a weeknight half-hour 5:00 p.m. newscast under KTVH News at 5:00. This is ONLY their 3rd newscast as the only others are weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. with no morning, midday or weekend newscasts. This provides an alternative to KFBB 5/KHBB 21’s ABC Montana News at 5:00 for local news in those markets.

KTVH 12/KBGF 50’s changes aren’t too big, but they are in the right step and now with local news on weeknights at 5:00 p.m., its a win win. Good job Gray!

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