FIRST ON THE BLOG: I received news about this, thanks to a tip from Michael Erickson. (see what tips do? You get featured) And thanks to his tip, there’s news that there will be a bigger “Daybreak” in the IL-IN-KY Tri-State area, starting Monday June 22nd.
WTVW 7 is expanding their morning newscast, WTVW Local 7 Eyewitness News Daybreak, to a 2-hour program. The newscast, previously on from 7:00-8:00 a.m., will be on the air from 7:00-9:00 a.m., expanding into the 8:00 a.m. hour, starting Monday June 22nd, 2015. The weekday morning newscast is the ONLY one on in the market. Previously, WTVW 7 had WTVW Local 7 Lifestyles, a news/talk/lifestyle program, in the 8:00 a.m. hour. Once the newscast expands to 2 hours, the program will move to its sister station WEHT 25 (ABC), it will be renamed as WEHT Local Lifestyles and remain as an hour-long program at 11:00 a.m., in which it will replace paid programming on that station.
WTVW Local 7 Eyewitness News Daybreak is currently anchored by Greg Parker and long-time WEHT 25 veteran Shelley Kirk with Your Weather Authority from long-time WTVW 7 veteran and NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Ron Rhodes. Laura Kirtley, who anchors Local 7 Lifestyles, is expected to remain with the program, once it moves to WEHT 25 at 11:00 a.m. and is renamed to WEHT Local Lifestyles, while also expected to remain in her role as anchor of WTVW Local 7 Eyewitness News at Noon. WEHT Local Lifestyles will compete against long-time market leader WFIE 14’s 14 News Midday (11:00-11:15 a.m.) and Midday with Mike Blake (11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) for local news and talk in that timeslot in the market.
Eyewitness News Daybreak is also aired on its sister station WEHT 25 from 5:00-7:00 a.m., so basically, this will be an extension of the local morning newscast, as well as its commitment to local programming. WTVW 7 is owned by Mission Broadcasting, but operated by Nexstar Broadcast Group under a SSA, while WEHT 25 is owned and operated outright by Nexstar.
This should have been done a long time ago, but it’s better late than never I guess.