KAEF now has a morning newscast… as a simulcast from KRCR.

KRCR-TV 7 / Redding – Chico, CA (“KRCR Channel 7”)
KAEF-TV 23 / Arcata – Eureka, CA (“KAEF Channel 23”)

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.


9 thoughts on “KAEF now has a morning newscast… as a simulcast from KRCR.

  1. I hope in the near future that KIEM-TV NBC 3 will get a morning newscast. It has taken forever and a day or 50,000 eons for channel 3 in Eureka to have morning news. KAEF News is still out of market TV news broadcast on that station. I believe the Eureka TV Market is one of the very few TV Markets in the Grand United States of America to not have locally produced morning news. KAEF Daybreak is not locally produced news. If KIEM were to start morning news is does not have to be fancy like starting at 4:30am, 5:00am, or even 6:00am. Even just a 30 minute morning newscast that starts at 6:30am would be a starter for KIEM to get into the morning news business.


  2. Because Eureka is a very small market and less constructed, compared to the North Platte market because that market already has a full and semi-satellite to stations in Lincoln and it works. There’s no full-satellite station from Chico to Eureka and the population area is probably 8 times smaller or more than where I live in Miami.


  3. I you don’t think its going to happen anytime soon then I guess TV stations do not care about the local community or are too lazy to invest in the local community. And I was just suggesting that KIEM could start with a lousy 30 morning newscast not an elegant morning newscast that starts at 4:30am just a wimpy 30 minute morning newscast like at 6:30am and its only one station not like its the entire world.


  4. I think a while back KVIQ-TV the CBS affiliate started a full scale news operation in Eureka with locally produced morning, and noon news but then folded a few years later. So maybe this TV Market can’t stomach a lot of local news.


  5. KIEM’s owner is very cheap so they won’t expand and without competition they don’t need to. They need HD more then extended newscasts.


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