FIRST ON THE BLOG: North Platte, NE is home to the second-to-last DMA market in America at #209, next to Glendive, MT at #210. Yet, KNOP is adding more news. So does their sister station KIIT.
Starting tomorrow (Sunday April 12th, 2015), KNOP 2 will add a half-hour newscast at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings with News 2 at 5:00 p.m. This will become the ONLY local newscast at 5:00 p.m. in the market, as the other local newscasts come from semi-satellite stations in Lincoln. It’s kinda weird though because KNOP 2 does not broadcast a local newscast at 5:00 p.m. on weeknights. But, that won’t be the ONLY addition to KNOP’s newscast product…
… KIIT-CA 11 will launch its very first local newscast from KNOP 2 with a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. titled FOX North Platte News at 9:00. The newscast will be on weeknights only and will be the second station in the market (after 10/11 Central Nebraska News at 9:00 on KNPL-LD 10.2) to broadcast local news in that timeslot, but will be the ONLY one based from North Platte. The newscast will launch on Tax Day, Wednesday April 15th, 2015.
It’s good to see a small market adding local news once again.