WTSP will now go LIVE on Sunday mornings for a half-hour.

WTSP 10 / St. Petersburg – Tampa (“10 News”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: One Tampa Bay TV station is finally joining the Sunday morning news race. But it will be the shortest out of all the stations. And that station will be WTSP 10.

Starting Sunday March 1st, WTSP 10 will add a LIVE half-hour newscast at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Titled 10 News Sunday Morning, the program will be anchored by Mark Rivera with 10 News, The Weather Authority from Meteorologist Ashley Batey. Both Mark and Ashley are already a part of the hour-long 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning newscast, in which the content will be the same for the new newscast. Programming changes will take in effect, due to the new newscast starting Sunday March 1st:

  • 8:00-8:30 AM: Joel Osteen (moves from 8:30 a.m.)
  • 8:30-9:00 AM: 10 News Sunday Morning at 8:30 a.m. (brand NEW)
  • 9:00-10:30 AM: CBS News Sunday Morning (remains in that timeslot)
  • 10:30-11:30 AM: CBS News Face the Nation (remains an hour-long in that timeslot)
  • 11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Paid Program (remains in that timeslot)

Elliot Weiser, WTSP 10’s President and General Manager:

“We are excited to offer a Sunday morning newscast that will be aligned with the best news program on television – CBS Sunday Morning. Our show will offer a more in-depth look at local stories with less crime and more news befitting Sunday morning.”

Mark Rivera (left) and Ashley Batey (right), already helm the hour-long 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning newscast. Starting March 1st, they’ll helm the half-hour 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning newscast as well.

This new newscast will compete against WTVT 13’s FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay at 8:00 a.m. and WFTS 28’s ABC Action News This Morning at 8:00 a.m. for local news in that timeslot on Sunday mornings. It would also compete against local cable-only news channels Bay News 9 and SNN: The Suncoast News Network (which is also available on WSNN-LD 39.1).

I say its about time that WTSP 10 has done something like this. Very late to the Sunday morning news party, but better late than never.

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