FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than CajunFirst.com – the website of KADN 15/KLAF 46): We are heading to Louisiana’s Acadiana to deliver this news and other than the fine folks of CajunFirst.com, this story will be FIRST ON THE BLOG.
Nexstar, the owners of KADN 15/KLAF 46, have announced earlier today that KLAF-LD 46 (will use KLAF 46 for the duration of this blog) will become the home of NBC in Acadiana, starting July 1st, 2015. This will become the area’s first in-house NBC affiliate in the market, since KLNI 15 signed-off in 1975. And that station is now KLAF 46’s sister station, KADN 15, the FOX station. This will replace KPLC 7 in Lake Charles, LA and WVLA 33 in Baton Rouge as Acadiana’s de-facto NBC affiliate.
Commenting on the new NBC affiliation agreement is Tom Poehler, V.P. and G.M. of KADN 15 and KLAF 46:
“We are looking forward to launching the market’s first NBC affiliated station on KLAF-TV (46) which reflects our commitment to providing viewers with the most relevant, compelling and informative content and community-focused programming. For many years NBC programming has been segmented with three different signals that come from outside of our market. We are excited to announce this relationship with NBC and expand our commitment to all viewers in the Lafayette / Acadiana community by bringing an uninterrupted [HD] signal of NBC’s exceptional array of primetime programming, high-quality sports and entertainment offerings on KLAF-TV (46). In addition, to address the needs of our local viewers, plans are underway for KLAF-TV (46) to debut entirely new, innovative local news programming in early 2016. We look forward to updating the local community on this initiative in the coming months.”
Now, noticed what he said on the last part of that quote. That is what captured our attention. So, starting in Early 2016, KLAF 46 will debut an entirely new local news operation, built from scratch by Nexstar. As of now, no idea on the branding or on who has been hired or what times will be shown. That’s why, until early 2016, KLAF 46, starting July 1st, will simulcast local newscasts from their other sister station, WVLA 33 in Baton Rouge. According to the station, they will simulcast their local morning news from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and their nightly newscasts at 5:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. This will be just a temporary move until KLAF 46 gets their news operations going. And with a brand new news operation, that could also mean more local news for KADN 15. We’ll find out.
KLAF 46 will broadcast NBC on KLAF 46 and on KADN-DT 15.2, while MyNetwork TV will move to KADN 15.3, also starting July 1st, 2015.
So even more news is coming to Acadiana. Enjoy the new news, guys. Good move Nexstar!