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.