FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than Arkansas TV News): A change has occurred in the Ark-La-Tex market. The first in such a while now.
KTAL 6’s owners at Nexstar have brought the operations of KMSS 33, even though its owned by Mission Broadcasting. But its operations are just good enough for Nexstar and KTAL 6 that the station has now taken over the 9:00 p.m. newscast that KMSS 33 has been airing for years now.
KMSS 33 has been previously airing a pre-recorded 9:00 p.m. newscast, produced by KETK 56 in Tyler, TX. But with the changes in ownership/operationship, KMSS 33 now airs FOX 33 News, First at 9:00, a LIVE half-hour newscast produced by KTAL 6. Unlike the pre-recorded newscast, this one is as mentioned before, LIVE, focused towards the Ark-La-Tex market and is now expanded to 7 nights a week. However, this newscast does compete against KPXJ 21’s hour-long nightly 9:00 p.m. newscast that is produced by KTBS 3. The changes at KMSS 33 have been taken place since February 2nd, 2015.
It does bring KMSS 33 with some sort of news coverage with an Ark-La-Tex focus. Good for KMSS 33 because it now gives KTAL 6 with more news coverage under different names. That’s just nice.
We’ve been following the developments surrounding the creation and the eventual launch of the WEVV news department. I was supposed to post this days ago, but forgot. I have the time now, so here are a few more details…
… According to the latest job postings, they currently list for morning and evening news anchors; a sign that WEVV will be adding news in the morning and in the evening, as well as on weekends. How much is what we don’t know, yet. Also, we don’t know what newscasts will air on its digital subchannel WEVV-DT 44.2 / W47EE-D 47.1, currently known as FOX 44. The station is ready to relaunch a news department after a 14-year absence, thanks to the Bayou City Broadcasting of Evansville, which is a part of Bayou City Broadcasting, which now owns WEVV 44 from what could’ve been potential owner Nexstar Broadcast Group, which had to sell WEVV 44 due to the market having fewer than 8 full-power stations in which there are supposed to be 8 different owners for each station.
Here are the job positions that the news department wants to fill by June of 2015, according to WEVV.com:
Morning News Anchors
Evening News Anchors
Weekend News Anchor/Producer/Weekday Reporter
Weekend Weather Forecaster/Weekday Reporter
Videographer – FT & PT
Newscast Producer/Web Producer
Sports Director/Evening Sports Anchor
Weekend Sports Anchor/Sports Reporter
Newscast Director – FT & PT
The job listings page also says this:
“If you want to be part of a once in a career opportunity to launch and grow local news on both a CBS and FOX affiliate, we want to hear from you… We are looking for professionals that want to make an immediate impact and a difference in the community. We are looking for a team that will bring a new, fresh, and dynamic product to the market place.”
So if you’re reading this blog and want to become a part of the news team, send in your resume and credentials listed on the following website: http://www.wevv.com/jobs/news-staff
Good luck everybody! And watch the new news product from WEVV 44 coming in either July, August or September of 2015 (Q3 in business terms).
FIRST ON THE BLOG: WLOS has been producing local news on WMYA for a long-time now and finally, after all this time, an expansion has been made.
WLOS 13 has recently expanded the 10:00 p.m. newscast for WMYA 40 to weekends with a half-hour weekend broadcast. The newscast, which currently features WLOS 13’s current weekend news team of Frank Kracher, Meteorologist Karen Wayne and Luke Notestine with Sports, now competes with the already-established half-hour 10:00 p.m. news on WYCW 62 from WSPA 7 as well as the most-watched and hour-long 10:00 p.m. news on WHNS 21.
More news is good news… right Western Carolinas? Right.
FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than KSHB.com): KSHB is adding more news to weekends. But it isn’t KSHB making the headlines… its their sister station KMCI.
According to KSHB.com, starting Monday April 6th, 2015, KSHB 41 will add a 1-hour extension of its morning newscast on KMCI 38. Titled 41 Action News Today on 38 The Spot, the broadcast will be an hour-long from 7:00-8:00 a.m., unlike the current 7:00-9:00 a.m. newscast on KCWE 29 from KMBC 9 or the 7:00-10:00 a.m. newscast on WDAF 4.
The program will continue to be anchored by Patrick Fazio and Lindsay Shivley, as well as No Wait Weather and Traffic with 41 Action Weather Meteorologist Kalee Dionne and 41 Action Traffic with traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell (who now also works for the Sporting K.C. MLS franchise). According to KSHB 41, viewers should expect plenty of sports coverage, as well as trending internet topics and videos, and lifestyle reports for families. This will be KMCI 38’s first LIVE newscast in 12 years, as the station used to air a LIVE half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. from KSHB 41 from 2000-2003, when it was canceled due to low ratings.
Carrie Hofmann, KSHB 41’s News Director:
“We are excited to bring the energy and enthusiasm of the 41 Action News Today team to a fresh, new audience. In addition to all of the overnight breaking news, viewers want to know about their morning commute and forecast – and we’re happy to give it to them. With the Royals and Sporting Kansas City getting ready to start their seasons, sports fans will also have plenty to talk about, and we want to serve those viewers as well.”
The Border Patrol, a simulcast of the weekday morning sports show from Sportsradio 810 WHB in Kansas City, is currently simulcast in that 7:00 a.m. hour. The program will move to 6:00 a.m., once the new newscast starts. But this ain’t the only thing that KSHB 41 is adding…
… Starting on the weekend of Saturday April 11th, 2015, KSHB 41 will move and add 90 minutes of news on weekends. First, KSHB 41 will add a 6:00 a.m. hour of 41 Action News Today. It will be added on Sundays, but it will be moved from the 8:00 a.m. hour on Saturdays. This is done so that KSHB 41 can air The Today Show, 7 days a week at 7:00 a.m. KSHB 41 will continue to air 41 Action News Today on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. KSHB 41 will become the ONLY station the area to broadcast local news at 6:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Also, on Saturday April 11th, 2015, KSHB 41 will expand the Saturday 6:00 p.m. newscast to an hour-long newscast. This will put the newscast in competition with KCTV 5 and KMBC 9 for local news in that hour, since KCTV 5 and KMBC 9 both produce local news on Saturdays at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. (KCTV 5’s 6:30 p.m. newscast is on KSMO 62).
So to recap on KMCI 38, starting Monday April 6th, 2015…
6:00-7:00 AM: The Border Patrol on 38 The Spot (from Sportsradio 810 WHB)
7:00-8:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 7:00 a.m. on 38 The Spot
KSHB 41, starting Saturday April 11th, 2015…
6:00-7:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 6:00 a.m.
7:00-9:00 AM: The Today Show
9:00-10:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 9:00 a.m.
Starting Sunday April 12th, 2015…
6:00-7:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 6:00 a.m.
7:00-8:00 AM: The Today Show
8:00-9:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 8:00 a.m.
9:00-10:00 AM: Meet the Press with Chuck Todd
This is great news for an already-heavy news media market which is #31 – Kansas City.
RUMORS ONLY: The following is just rumors and ONLY rumors.
We are hearing reports from Tuned-In NYC and from Behind NY News, that WPIX 11 is ready to add a weeknight 6:00 p.m. newscast to cap on the success of the weeknight hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast. We don’t know if it could be a half-hour newscast or an hour-long newscast. It could be launched as early as the Spring but these are unconfirmed reports at this time.
The same way as unconfirmed as when WPIX 11 was planning to add a 3-hour weekend morning newscast from 6:00-9:00 a.m. and then add a weekday hour-long newscast at 11:00 a.m., back last year in 2014. Those reports later became unconfirmed and untrue because WPIX 11 never launched them.
We’ll see how these reports go. Again… these are just Rumors and RUMORS ONLY. Once we have confirming reports about this, we will surely let you know here on The Changing Newscasts Blog.
FIRST ON THE BLOG: WSB is making some moves now and it could impact the Sunday morning news game in Atlanta, depending on how you see it.
Today was the end of the 8:00 a.m. hour of WSB 2’s Channel 2 Action News This Morning at 8:00 a.m. That hour is being replaced by Good Morning America Weekend next week, starting at 8:00 a.m. This will leave the Atlanta market with NO Sunday morning newscast at 8:30 a.m., since WAGA 5 will continue to air The Georgia Gang (WAGA 5’s locally-produced public affairs program), instead of FOX 5 News Good Day Atlanta. But WSB 2 will continue to air 4 hours of Sunday morning news and here’s why…
… Starting next week, WSB 2 will move the Sunday 8:00 a.m. hour to 6:00 a.m. with the Sunday edition of Channel 2 Action News This Morning at 6:00 a.m. The hour will now face off against WAGA 5’s FOX 5 News Good Day Atlanta at 6:00 a.m. for local morning news in that timeslot. The weekend morning newscast on WSB 2 is anchored by Sophia Choi with Severe WeatherTeam 2 from Meteorologist Brad Nitz. So in the end, the Sunday morning newscast will end up as two blocks: One from 6:00-8:00 a.m. and the other from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and then another newscast at Noon (the only weekend newscast at noon in the market) to wrap it up.
So there’s an upside and a downside to this news. But which ever way you look at it, WSB 2 is still gonna be #1.