FIRST ON THE BLOG: We first reported that KYW-TV will be returning to a noon newscast, starting this Monday. Well, apparently, with every additional newscast, there can sometimes be a cutback. But this one will be a shocker because for the first time since 2002, WPSG will NOT have a weekday morning newscast.
Yesterday (6/26/2015) was the last day for CBS 3 Eyewitness News This Morning on The CW Philly 57. The 2-hour weekday morning newscast from 7:00-9:00 a.m. was anchored by Ukee Washington and Erika Von Tiehl (who used to work in my home market for WFOR 4) with CBS 3 Eyewitness Weather from Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger (who also used to work for AccuWeather).
It will be the first time since 2002 that WPSG 57 will NOT have a local weekday morning newscast. In 2002, the station started airing KYW Newsradio 1060 This Morning, a hybrid program between their sister station KYW 3 and all-news radio station KYW Newsradio 1060. The program was then canceled in 2005 for WakeUPNews, which was on from 5:00-9:00 a.m. and at that time, the name was referenced to the then-UPN network, but then changed the name slightly in 2006 to de-empathize the UPN name as the station became an O&O station of The CW and became Wake Up News. The program would be produced by Traffic Pulse from May 2005 until June 2009 when the program was canceled in favor of KYW 3 producing a 2-hour morning extension of CBS 3 Eyewitness News This Morning and now after 6 years, the program will be canceled.
What will be replaced in its 7:00/8:00 a.m. timeslots? Paid Programming at 7:00 a.m. and The Better Show at 8:00 a.m. I will guess that the program was canceled due to low ratings and poor viewership against WTXF 29 (FOX)’s FOX 29 News – Good Day Philadelphia and WFMZ 69 (Ind. Allentown)’s 69 News at Sunrise.
Don’t be surprised about this move. I knew it would happen eventually and it has finally done so.