FIRST ON THE BLOG: There have been some changes lately in Southwest Florida. There’s a small change from WINK to a major change on WZVN.
First off, the small change on WINK 11. WINK 11 has recently added a brand new half-hour newscast on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Obviously titled as WINK News at 6:00, this breaks apart the simulcast that WINK 11 had with its news-sharing sister station WXCW 46 (Cable 6) for a few months after the 6:30 p.m. newscast expanded to weekends back in January of this year, something we told you about FIRST.
And now, WINK 11 airs a separate weekend newscast at 6:00 while WXCW 6 airs a separate weekend newscast at 6:30 p.m., as both now air newscasts at those times on those different stations, 7 nights a week. WINK 11’s 6:00 p.m. newscast competes against WBBH 2 for local weekend news in that timeslot. WXCW 6’s 6:30 p.m. newscast competes against WZVN 26 (Cable 7) in that timeslot.
And now the major change on the other station. WZVN 7 has discontinued its hour-long newscast at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. Previously titled, ABC 7 News at 5:00/5:30, this now just leaves WINK 11 and WBBH 20 (Cable 2) as the ONLY local stations left in Southwest Florida to air weeknight news at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. WZVN 7 has since replaced the local newscast with Extra at 5:00 and The Insider at 5:30. WZVN 7 does keep its weeknight 7:00 p.m. newscast, as well as the usual and traditional 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts, aside from their weekday morning newscasts from 5:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.
So there you go, Southwest Florida. I’m glad WINK 11 is still #1 in the market.