WCIV is adding an hour-long weeknight newscast at 5:00 p.m.

WCIV 36.2 / Charleston (“ABC News 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Another story that will be FIRST on The Changing Newscasts Blog and for the first time in what seems like a long, long time, WCIV will be adding a newscast.

A user on TVNewsTalk mentioned in a post that WCIV 4 was adding a 5:00 p.m. newscast and I had to check to make sure it was true. And it looks like… yes. It is true.

Starting April 20th, WCIV 4 will be adding an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast with ABC News 4 at 5:00. The newscast will be fully competing against WCBD 2’s News 2 at 5:00 and WCSC 5 (the #1 market leader)’s LIVE 5 News at 5:00/5:30 for local news in that timeslot. Dean Stephens and Victoria Hansen, two of the station’s long-time veterans, are the more likely choices to anchor the new 5:00 p.m. newscast, on top of their 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. anchoring duties. And yes, the station will keep its 7:00 p.m. newscast.

According to that TVNewsTalk user, this is the first time the station is broadcasting local news at 5:00 p.m. since 2002. New owners at Sinclair are now putting money into the station and adding a 5:00 p.m. newscast is the first step into what could probably lead into the right direction for the station.

I say, good for them and its about time they are doing so! This is long overdue and I’m glad for the S.C. Lowcountry who will be receiving this.

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6 thoughts on “WCIV is adding an hour-long weeknight newscast at 5:00 p.m.

  1. Surprise since Sinclair owned stations have been cutting newscasts like KSNV-TV NBC 3 in Begas or WICS-TV 20 in Springfield, IL, or WTGS-TV in Savnnah last week.

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    • But this one is an exception, since Allbritton, the former owners, did nothing with WCIV 4. Sinclair is putting money into this station again and it is their first expansion in quite a long time.

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  2. “New owners at Sinclair are now putting money into the station” Apparently Sinclair is not putting money in KSNV-TV NBC 3 in Las Vegas because they cancelled its hour long 11:00am newscast, 4:00p, and 7:00p newscasts. Apparently not in Springfield, IL since they canned there local newscast on that station. WJLA-TV 7 in Washington DC maybe a toss up because they added a 4:00pm newscast last fall but don’t have weekend morning news yet. Newschannel 8 24-hour local cable all day news channel still on air but its future uncertain. There were rumors that Sinclair wanted to make Newschannel 8 a national news channel. It seems like Sinclair is playing flip flop games with their stations by cutting news for some stations and adding news on others. Flip flopping the very same thing Sinclair stations accused Kerry on in 2004 by all their stations running anti John Kerry peaces on all their stations. Make up your mind Sinclair

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  3. Since WCSC-TV CBS 5 is the top rated news station in Charleston they still have yet to get a 4:30am newscast to compete with WCBD-TV 4:30am newz.

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