FIRST ON THE BLOG: What I’m about to report is a tip from Jeremy that I have received recently and it’s something that was debuted in April! I didn’t know about this until now…
… Back on Monday April 13th, 2015, KTVZ 21 added a weekday half-hour newscast at 4:00 p.m. for their sister station KFXO 39 (which is also simulcast on KTVZ-DT 21.3). Known as NewsChannel 21 – First on FOX at 4:00, the newscast is the ONLY one in the market, as well as the ONLY locally-produced newscast at that time, since KTVZ 21 is the ONLY locally-based news operation in the Bend market because KBNZ-LD 7 (CBS) and KOHD 51 (ABC) simulcast some local newscasts from KOIN 6 (CBS) / Portland and KEZI 9 (ABC) / Eugene, respectively.
KUBN-LD 43, the adjacent MyTV affiliate for Bend, is a repeater of KPDX 49 / Portland and therefore, simulcasts the primetime newscasts on KUBN 43. A second episode of Right This Minute now airs after the 4:00 p.m. newscast.
The first afternoon newscast in Central Oregon. That’s good news to hear.