WHAM discontinues its half-hour 4:30 a.m. morning newscast.

WHAM-TV 13 / Rochester (“13 WHAM ABC”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: This is a big one to report if you do wake up so early to head to work in the Rochester viewing area.

13 WHAM has discontinued the 4:30 a.m. half-hour of 13 WHAM News – Good Day Rochester (which has been renamed from 13 WHAM News This Morning, a few months ago.) and now airs ABC America This Morning in its place. Here is the reason why they took down the half-hour newscast, according to this tweet from 13 WHAM, in response to a conversation:

NOW, there are basically NO stations that air local news at 4:30 a.m. in Rochester, since WROC 8 (CBS-Nexstar) and WHEC 10 (NBC-Hubbard) also start at 5:00 a.m. However, the key words are, after all, for the time being. In other words, 13 WHAM (Deerfield, operated under LMA by Sinclair) could re-add the 4:30 a.m. newscast, once they feel like the timing is right.

The 4-hour long morning show (5:00-7:00 on 13 WHAM and 6:30-9:00 a.m. on WUHF 31-O&O by Sinclair) features Doug Emblidge, Norma Holland, Jennifer Johnson, Adam Chodak, Hannah Welker and the 13 WHAM Weather Authority from Meteorologist Marty Snyder.

So there you go, Rochester. No morning news at 4:30 a.m… for NOW. Be lucky it’s… FOR NOW. It could’ve been permanent and alot worse.


8 thoughts on “WHAM discontinues its half-hour 4:30 a.m. morning newscast.

  1. I think the fact they already air four hours over two stations is enough. They probably weren’t enough viewers for that half hour.

    Ironic though because Syracuse has one newscast at 4am and two at 4:30am for example. Sinclair owns the station that has the 4am newscast there.


  2. Say what? WHAT!!!! This is a huge step backwards. This move is a slap in the face for local news. I was hoping WROC and WHEC would expand their morning news to 4:30am. I guess I will not happen anytime soon. This is pretty much a downgrade in news when stations should be updated. These stupid newsonomics and stationomics games need to come to a stop and If it takes move government action like the FCC stepping in then so be it.


  3. Of course Sinclair could care less about local news just like the moves they did by cutting news on KSNV NBC 3 in Las Vegas when they took over the station. Sinclair taking over KSNV in Begas could have been the worst thing to KSNV-TV. More newscuts may come to the LV TV Market. There was an article and TV SPY and TV News-check that Next star that now owns KLAS is going to do a second round of layoffs and some local newscast at KLAS could be suspended because of these cuts. TV stations need to be local owned again instead of large companies running them. Sinclair back in 2003 expanded news on stations they owned that were CW and the old UPN Network it was called News Central. I think it was a local newscast produced out of their headquarters in Maryland that had local reporters in each market they had stations in and a few years later they cancelled News Central a cheap centralized way for stations to have local news. After News Central was canned the stations were on their own when it came to having local news. Some stations did recover and produced local news again through SSA agreements with news stations in their markets.


  4. None of the TV stations in the Rochester Market don’t even have Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts. The Rochester market might be somewhat of a weird TV Market.


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