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.