FIRST ON THE BLOG: KRCR’s morning newscast has expanded to two stations.
KAEF 23, the semi-satellite ABC station out of Eureka, CA; one of the smallest markets in America that only has one-locally based news operation there (KIEM 3), has started simulcasting their sister station KRCR 7’s NewsChannel 7 Daybreak from 5:00-7:00 a.m. The newscast, anchored by Kelli Saam, features the latest news and weather from Chico – Redding and will now feature the latest news from KAEF 23’s viewing area. In terms of competition in this market, depending on how you see it, it competes with KECA-LD2 29.2’s KTVU Mornings on 2 at 6:00 a.m., but is the ONLY ones on in the 5:00 a.m. hour, as KIEM 3 doesn’t produce a morning newscast at all.
This is a big step for the station, since they barely provide any amount of news. KAEF 23 only produces a half-hour weeknight 6:00 p.m. newscast for the station, as well as a half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast for sister station KBVU 28 (FOX) and a 5-minute weather update, weeknights at 11:00 p.m. with both newscasts under the title North Coast News.
I’m glad KAEF 23 is doing something about local news. This market is so small, yet the North Platte market has more local news than this market. How embarrassing.