WSB cuts a half-hour of the Sunday 6:00 p.m. newscast.

WSB-TV 2 / Atlanta (“WSB-TV, Channel 2”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small cut-down from the #1 station in Atlanta…

… WSB 2 has cut down the Sunday 6:00 p.m. newscast to a half-hour from what was, an hour-long newscast. This was done in order for WSB 2 to now fully carry ABC World News TONIGHT on Sundays at 6:30 p.m., which for years it has fully preempted. The station also preempted GMA Weekend in favor of an 8:00 a.m. local newscast, until today when it cut the 8:00 a.m. hour, moved it to 6:00 a.m. and put GMA Weekend in its place at 8:00 a.m.

With this move today, WSB 2 now carries the entire ABC schedule in order with the exception of the weeknight editions of ABC World News TONIGHT, which is delayed by half-hour in favor of an extended 1-hour local newscast on weeknights at 6:00 p.m.

This also means that WSB 2’s Channel 2 Action News at 6:00 is now half-hour on both Saturdays and Sundays, leaving WAGA 5 as the ONLY station to air local news at 6:30 p.m. on weekends, unless FOX Sports programming preempts the newscast.

It’s okay for me. After all, WSB 2 is #1 in Atlanta.

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3 thoughts on “WSB cuts a half-hour of the Sunday 6:00 p.m. newscast.

  1. Do you think the networks a cracking down on TV stations preempting their newscasts. Do you think that that networks are mandating that local TV stations have to start carrying their national newscasts? If feel that their is a war on local news and one example is that the major networks are starting to mandate local stations to carry their programming. Also another war on local news is that in the past years you have seen a lot more national and international news on local newscasts. NBC buying Comcast and now Comcast wanting to buy Time Warner is another form of control on local news because now all local NBC stations in markets where Comcast is the cable provider may have to start following the mandates of NBC and might have to start managing their local newscasts as if they were NBC O&O stations. I think NBC buying Comcast can do this to any NBC affiliate in a Comcast Cable Market through a loop hole since NBC by FCC regulations allow a 39 percent cap of how many TV stations a company can own. I know back in 2003 the FCC wanted to lift the ownership cap on how many TV stations a broadcasting company is allowed to own and it had very strong opposition. NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX had their ways all the TV stations would be Network O&O. I do think though that these network mandates of not allowing local TV stations to preempt network programming will be hard to enforce since there are over 200 TV markets in the Grand United States of America. I sometimes fear that local news is under attack. Do you think that local news is increasingly under attack?

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  2. A lot of local stations and their parent companies used to engage in the practice of preempting ABC, CBS, and NBC programs.

    Notable network news program preemptions by local stations. Former New World CBS stations preempted previous incarnation of CBS This Morning, in favor of local news programming in 7AM hour. Those stations later ended their longtime unions with CBS, in favor of hitching up with Fox. Cleveland ABC station WEWS used to air locally-produced program The Morning Exchange, resulting in 2nd hour of Good Morning America being preempted until late 1994/early 1995… ABC affiliation renewal agreement with Scripps resulted in WEWS having to carry GMA in its entirety, and MX ending its 27-year run in 1999. I believe New Orleans CBS station WWL still airs 7-9AM news, and airs CBS This Morning on sister station WUPL… and there’s no telling if Gannett is considering moving CTM is to main CBS channel and 7-9AM news to WUPL, or leave things as is.

    Entertainment programs were preempted as well, in favor of syndicated or locally-produced programs. Cox Media Group’s ABC stations in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Orlando didn’t air Jimmy Kimmel Live at the very beginning, but have since started carrying the show. Salt Lake City NBC station KSL didn’t carry Saturday Night Live for years, along with several other short-lived primetime shows it deemed controversial. A lot of daytime soaps we preempted as well.

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