FIRST ON THE BLOG: We want to bring you an update on KTVU’s 4:00 p.m. newscast. We announced on this blog back in April that KTVU wants to expand to the 4:00 p.m. hour by the Summer. They already expanded their morning newscast to 4:00 a.m., but the 4:00 p.m. hour hasn’t come yet. It is summer after all and now we know when it will debut.
KTVU FOX 2 News at 4:00 will officially debut on Monday June 22nd, 2015. Mike Mibach (who used to anchor KTVU Mornings on 2 – Weekend Edition with Claudine Wong) and the newest KTVU anchor, Keba Arnold, will anchor the new hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast.
Right now, I have no word as to who will deliver StormTracker 2 – The Weather Authority forecast, but there could be a good chance that it can be either be forecast by Chief Meteorologist Bill Martin or by KTVU’s alternating weekday meteorologists Mark Tamayo or Rosemary Orozco. Also no word if traffic segments will be put into the newscast.
Once this launches, the newscast will compete against KGO 7’s ABC 7 News at 4:00 for local weekday news in that timeslot.
However, the newscast will receive a SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW next week. Due to FOX Sports’ coverage of The U.S. Open Golf Championship (in which FOX received rights to air the tournament, last year), KTVU’s 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts will be pre-empted and therefore, KTVU will air a temporary sneak preview of the newscast at 4:00 on Thursday June 18th and Friday June 19th, 2015, before it officially launches on Monday June 22nd, 2015. There will be no special sneak preview on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of that week, as TMZ LIVE will remain at 4:00 p.m. Once the newscast launches, that program will move to 3:00 p.m.
So this is the very latest that I have on the newscast as of this hour. We’ll keep tabs if other newscasts are changed on other stations. Stay tuned.