CORRECTION (as of 4/23/2015 at 11:20pm): We checked TV listings and apparently, nope. The Refresh has not debuted on KSNV 3 and will not debut on the station for quite some time. News 3 LIVE at 3:00/3:30 will continue to air as traditional newscasts in its place. But, this doesn’t mean the plans are completely faltered.
KSNV 3 could announce any day now when The Refresh would debut in Las Vegas. They will not make an early announcement yet or an announcement at this time. We will keep an eye on things in the Las Vegas market and we will let you know of any new developments that may come from this on The Changing Newscasts Blog. Stay tuned.
ORIGINAL POST (April 14th, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.):
FIRST ON THE BLOG: The popular social media-focused show “The Refresh,” which made its debut on Salt Lake City’s KUTV last year (replacing the hour-long 3:00 p.m. newscast) has been so successful that Sinclair is now picking up the format and expanding it. It looks like the first victim of the new expansion will be KSNV.
Starting Monday August 20th, 2015, KSNV 3 will replace News 3 LIVE at 3:00/3:30 with The Refresh, a social media-focused newscast like Right This Minute or Scripps’ The NOW, except it’s more news-focused and less on the social media stuff, even though social media will play a role on the new newscast. Unfortunately, after the move, this will put KTNV 13 as the ONLY station in Las Vegas to air a traditional-focused newscast at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. with Channel 13 Action News at 3:00/3:30. We don’t know as to who will anchor the new program, nor do we know who will handle the weather for the news and weather segments-part of the show.
And this could be the first of many stops for the show, as Sinclair has stated months ago that they wanted to expand KUTV 2 / Salt Lake City’s The Refresh, into many different Sinclair markets because of the huge success that KUTV 2 has been receiving on the show. Well after all, KUTV 2 is #1 for local news in Utah and its the only reason why its successful, so far. It may not be true in other markets.
So let’s see how Sinclair handles this. This could be good or a bomb. We’ll find out next Monday.