More newscasts in Southern Oregon from KOBI and KDRV.

KOBI 5 / Medford and KOTI 2 / Klamath Falls (“NBC 5” and “NBC 2”)
KDRV 12 / Medford and KDKF 31 / Klamath Falls (“NewsWatch 12”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: More news has popped up in Southern Oregon, with a half-hour of more local news on KOBI and KDRV, each.

First off, KOBI 5 has recently launched a half-hour weeknight newscast at 7:00 p.m. under NBC 5 News at 7:00. This newscast is currently the ONLY newscast on at 7:00 p.m. in Southern Oregon. This also creates the area’s ONLY 90-minute local news block from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This is also simulcast on KOTI 2 in Klamath Falls, KOBI 5’s full-time satellite station.

And finally, KDRV 12 has expanded their weekend edition of NewsWatch 12 This Morning. Previously for a half-hour, the program is now on for a full hour at 8:00 a.m. and continues to serve as the ONLY local station with a weekend morning newscast. This newscast is also seen on KDKF 31 in Klamath Falls, KDRV 12’s full-time satellite station.

I have a friend who lives here in Southern Oregon, so this is good news for me, if I ever visit! Anyways, more news in Southern Oregon.




A small minor newscast change… #32

KTVX 4 / Salt Lake City (“ABC 4 Utah”)
KUCW 30 / Ogden – Salt Lake City (“Utah’s CW 30”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A minor change to report on Utah and another great tip from Jeremy and it looks like another station has replaced The Daily Buzz with a simulcast of a local morning newscast.

KTVX 4 now simulcasts the 5:00-7:00 a.m. portion of its weekday morning newscast ABC 4 Utah News – Good Morning Utah to its sister station KUCW 30. The newscast, anchored by Brian Carlson and Emily Clark with ABC 4 Utah Pinpoint Weather from Meteorologist Curtis Ray, marks a return to KUCW 30.

Back in September of 2010, KTVX 4 started producing a 2-hour extension from 7:00-9:00 a.m. that was seen on KUCW 30. Due to low ratings, it was canceled in 2012. But now that The Daily Buzz is canceled, KUCW 30 had to find alternative programming to replace the now-defunct program and the simulcast of Good Morning Utah was possibly their easiest choice to fill the timeslot there. Not to mention that KUCW 30 also airs a half-hour weeknight-only newscast at 9:00 p.m. that is also produced by KTVX 4.

Other than that, no other major additions or expansions to report at this time.


More news and one move in Central Alabama… thanks to WVTM and WIAT.

WVTM-TV 13 / Birmingham – Tuscaloosa – Anniston (“WVTM 13”)
WIAT 42 / Birmingham – Tuscaloosa – Anniston (“WIAT 42”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: There have been some new newscasts in Central Alabama, as well as a recent move on WVTM.

First off, WVTM 13 has recently launched a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30 p.m. to replace their sports/talk show, Alabama TONIGHT. The new newscast, known as WVTM 13 News at 6:30, is the ONLY local newscast on at that time and creates the area’s first hour-long 6:00 p.m. weeknight newscast.

Up next, WVTM 13 also moved the hour-long 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning newscast to 9:00 a.m. and is also the ONLY local newscast on at that time in the market and it creates a 2-hour block between 8:00-10:00 a.m. after the Sunday Today Show and it moves Meet The Press to 10:00 a.m. All morning newscasts have dropped the Today in Alabama name, thanks to Hearst ownership and are just referred to WVTM 13 News.

Finally, WIAT 42 has added a weekend morning newscast for the very first time. Wake Up Alabama, the same name as the weekday morning newscast, is now on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00-7:00 a.m. This new newscast competes against the 5:00 a.m. hour on WVTM 13 on both weekend days and the 6:00 a.m. hour on WBRC 6 (the #1 market leader) on both weekend days, as well as the 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning hour on WVTM 13.

So there you go Central Alabama, more local news in more times. Enjoy!


WJHL makes moves in its weekend morning newscasts.

WJHL-TV 11 / Johnson City – Kingsport – Bristol, TN – Bristol, VA (“NewsChannel 11”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I have not checked out the Tri-Cities, TN/VA TV market since we barely started this blog when WCYB cut-down its noon newscast to half-hour to make way for another episode of Judge Judy. NOW, we check back later and WJHL has now made moves of its own, in terms of weekend morning news.

WJHL 11 has recently expanded its Saturday morning newscast. The Saturday morning newscast is now on from 6:00-8:00 a.m., from what previously was an hour at 7:00 a.m. It’s the ONLY Saturday morning newscast on at 6:00 a.m., since WCYB 5 continues to produce an hour of weekend morning newscasts at 7:00 a.m.

WJHL 11 also expanded its Sunday morning newscast. The newscast is also on from 6:00-8:00 a.m., as it was moved from the 8:00 a.m. and then expanded to 2 hours. Again, WJHL 11 is home to the ONLY Sunday morning newscast on at 6:00 a.m.

With these moves made, WJHL 11 now has a definite set schedule for local news on both weekend days: 6:00-8:00 a.m., 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

WJHL 11 is In Your Corner for more local news. I hope so.

KHON and WFNA replace “The Daily Buzz” with a simulcast of their own morning newscasts.

KHON-TV 2 / Honolulu (“KHON 2”)
KHON-DT 2.2 / Honolulu (“Hawaii’s CW”)
WKRG-TV 5 / Mobile, AL – Pensacola, FL (“WKRG News 5”)
WFNA 55 / Gulf Shores – Mobile, AL – Pensacola, FL (“CW 55”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: We told you last week of KWBQ in Albuquerque replacing the now-canceled The Daily Buzz, with a simulcast of KRQE News 13 This Morning at 7:00/8:00 a.m. from their sister station KASA. But now we’ve just learned that Albuquerque is not the ONLY market replacing that canceled show with local morning news…

… We’ve also just learned in the market of Hawaii that KHON 2 has replaced The Daily Buzz on their digital subchannel KHON-DT 2.2 (Hawaii’s CW – OC 93) with a simulcast of KHON’s morning newscast, Wake Up 2Day – Hawaii’s Morning News. The simulcast is exactly on at the same time as KHON 2, from 4:30-8:00 a.m. This wasn’t the only market though…

… In Alabama/Florida’s Gulf Coast and Northwestern Florida Panhandle, WKRG 5’s newest sister station WFNA 55 has now replaced The Daily Buzz with a simulcast of WKRG News 5 This Morning. The newscast is on from 5:00-7:00 a.m., the same time that it’s on WKRG 5.

The Daily Buzz was canceled and last aired their show on Friday April 17th, 2015, after investors to the show pulled out financial support to produce the show. It caused people to lose jobs and stations that carried the program to fill various programming.

Expect more markets to replace this program with simulcasts of local morning newscasts, very very soon. When that does happen, we will let you know on The Changing Newscasts Blog.

Changes in the Twin Tiers market…

WETM-TV 18 / Elmira – Corning, NY (“WETM 18”)
WETM-DT 18.2 / Elmira – Corning, NY (“WETM 2”)
WENY-DT 36.2 / Elmira – Corning, NY (“WENY CBS”)
WYDC 48 / Corning – Elmira, NY (“BIG FOX”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I haven’t checked on the Twin Tiers market since this blog was started in August of 2014. Since then though, big changes have been made across all the stations that air news in this market, otherwise known as the Southwestern area of the New York State.

First off, the market’s #1 long-time leader: WETM 18. WETM 18 has recently launched and now airs a half-hour local newscast at 5:30 p.m. on weeknights, creating the area’s first-ever 90-minute local news block from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The new newscast is simulcast on their independent station WETM-DT 18.2, otherwise known as WETM 2, which simulcasts all their weekday newscasts from the main channel, with the exception of the 11:00 p.m. weeknight newscast. This now competes against WENY 36’s WENY News at 5:30 on WENY CBS for local news in that timeslot in that market.

Secondly, the other news operation in the market: WENY 36. That station airs ABC on 36.1, CBS on 36.2 and CW on 36.3. And recently, WENY 36 has expanded their noon newscast from what was a 5-minute news update to now a 30-minute newscast. The newscast, otherwise known as WENY News at Noon, has been dropped by WENY 36.1 and is now only shown on WENY 36.2. This one competes against long-time leader WETM 18 News at Noon for local news in that timeslot in that market.

And finally, what is possibly THE smallest news operation in the market, but still providing local news: WYDC 48. The station has recently moved its morning newscast, known as the Twin Tiers Morning Update, a half-hour earlier, but remains as a 2-hour morning newscast. The newscast is now on from 6:00-8:00 a.m. and still remains as the ONLY local newscast on at 7:00 a.m. in the market. Other than that, the station also produces a 10-minute news update, weeknights at 10:00 p.m. that competes against WETM 18’s WETM 18 News at 10:00 on WETM 2.

And now, hopefully, you’re caught up-to-date in the Twin Tiers television market. Enjoy, if you live there.

A small minor newscast change… #31

KNXV-TV 15 / Phoenix (“ABC 15”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Another small minor change that took place recently and this time in Phoenix.

Since last week, KNXV 15 has expanded its 10:00 p.m. Sunday newscast to an hour. ABC 15 News at 10:00 is now home to the only hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast on Sunday nights in the market and the newscast is currently anchored by the same weekend team that’s in place for KNXV 15’s weekend newscasts.

Other than that, there are no other major additions or expansions to report at this time.