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.