A small minor newscast change… #43

WTVT 13 / Tampa – St. Petersburg (“FOX 13”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small minor newscast change to report in Tampa Bay…

WTVT 13 has recently expanded the Saturday edition of FOX 13 News – Good Day Tampa Bay. The Saturday edition now runs from 6:00-10:00 a.m., previously from 6:00-9:00 a.m.

The new Saturday 9:00 a.m. hour competes against WFTS 28 (ABC)’s Saturday morning newscast (ABC Action News This Morning) in the same timeslot.

FOX 13 News – Good Day Tampa Bay‘s Sunday edition remains from 6:00-9:00 a.m. as FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace is instead show on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Other than this, no other major additions or expansions to report to at this time.


WNEM expands their “Wake Up” to the 7:00 a.m. hour on their digital subchannel.

WNEM-TV 5 / Bay City – Saginaw – Flint (“TV 5”)
WNEM-DT 5.2 / Bay City – Saginaw – Flint (“My 5”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WNEM has really put their digital subchannel, My 5, into good use when it comes to local news and they have done it again.

Just recently and confirmed to me on WNEM 5’s official Facebook page (WNEMTV5news), WNEM 5 has expanded their popular morning show, WNEM-TV 5 News – Wake Up, to a LIVE newscast hour from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on their digital subchannel WNEM-DT 5.2, otherwise known as My 5. The newscast is now seen for three hours from 5:00-7:00 a.m. on WNEM 5 and then from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on My 5 and now provides as the area’s ONLY local newscast in the area from 7:00-8:00 a.m.

This is the third such expansion for WNEM’s digital subchannel this year. First, it replaced a repeat of the 6:00 p.m. news at 7:00 p.m. with a LIVE 7:00 p.m. newscast. Then in May 2015, the 10:00 p.m. news it provided for WSMH 66 (FOX, now WEYI 25’s sister station) was moved to WNEM’s digital subchannel. And now in July 2015, a 7:00 a.m. morning newscast that is the ONLY one on in Mid-Michigan.

This is a good time for WNEM’s subchannel, indeed. And for Mid-Michigan, a good bonus for them.

KGBT is adding local news at noon again.

KGBT-TV 4 / Harlingen – Brownsville – McAllen, TX (“KGBT 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: The Rio Grande Valley… home to the southernmost area in Texas. Home to the Texas, USA/Mexico border and home to just really two local news operations, KGBT and KRGV (because KVEO barely produces any local news and KFXV-LD barely airs news as well). This news involves KGBT and possibly its push to fight back in ratings against long-time leader, KRGV.

According to “Indominus Jose” on Twitter, KGBT 4 will bring back a local newscast at Noon, starting Monday August 3rd. And with KGBT 4 replying back, it’s CONFIRMED.

Action 4 News at Noon will return on KGBT 4 for the first time in what seems like years now, ever since former owners at Barrington Broadcasting, canceled the local newscast, possibly due to budget cutbacks and the recession, at the time. This will become a half-hour newscast, as it will lead towards The Bold and The Beautiful at 12:30 p.m. And with this addition, KRGV 5 (ABC) will finally have some competition during the 12:00 Noon timeslot, even though KRGV 5’s Channel 5 News at Noon, runs for a full hour.

If you’re looking for a late throw-back Thursday, then here’s a talent open from 2007 when KGBT 4 did air a newscast at 12:00 Noon, featuring Lacie Lowry (who’s now at KWTV 9 – CBS in Oklahoma City) and forecaster Larry James (who suddenly retired in 2008 after a 43-year career at KGBT 4. He didn’t retire though, management let him go without explanation.):

I believe that the same people who are on Action 4 News Sunrise, weekday mornings from 5:00-7:00 a.m., Dan Joseph, Nicole Hickl and StormTracker 4 Meteorologist Victoria Marshall, will also helm the new 12:00 Noon broadcast on KGBT 4.

And I believe that this is part of new owner Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ambitions to expand local news coverage to the once-dominant station. I say, good for Sinclair on this one.

KTAL and KMSS make huge changes by adding and expanding their newscasts.

KTAL-TV 6 / Texarkana, TX – Shreveport, LA (“NBC 6”)
KMSS-TV 33 / Shreveport, LA (“FOX 33”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: KTAL and KMSS are making a big impression on me and showing that they are stepping up to be a force in the Ark-La-Tex market. How? By adding and expanding their newscasts. Here’s the details.

First off, KTAL 6 has added a Saturday half-hour newscast at 5:00 p.m. The newscast is the ONLY ones in the market, as KTBS 3 (ABC) starts at 5:30 p.m. and KSLA 12 (CBS) starts at 6:00 p.m. while also competing against KTAL 6’s 6:00 p.m. Saturday newscast.

The next point, KMSS 33 has expanded the weeknight edition of FOX 33 News – First at 9:00 to a full-hour, which will directly and fully compete against KTBS 3 on KPXJ 21 (CW)’s hour-long KTBS 3 News at 9:00 on KPXJ 21. The weekend newscast remains a half-hour, while KPXJ 21’s newscast is a full-hour, 7 nights a week. The 9:00 p.m. newscast is produced by sister station KTAL 6.

Last but not least, KMSS 33 is adding a morning newscast for the very first time. KMSS 33 will be adding a LIVE hour-long newscast at 7:00 a.m. on Monday August 3rd, 2015, called FOX 33 News – Good Day, in which it will also be produced by KTAL 6. We don’t know as to who will deliver the news or the weather on that morning newscast, but it will be the ONLY local morning newscast on the market during that time, as KTBS 3’s sister station, KPXJ 21 and rival KSLA 12 doesn’t start their later mid-morning newscasts until 9:00 a.m. KPXJ 21 doesn’t air a 7:00-9:00 a.m. morning newscast, instead opting for the 9:00 a.m. hour.

So there you have it folks. KTAL 6 and KMSS 33 adding more news and expanding more news. This is very good news for a usual 3rd-place news operation in the market and this would help alot.

WALA will now be delivering “News in the Morning,” on weekends.

WALA-TV 10 / Mobile, AL – Pensacola, FL (“FOX 10”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than TV and Radio in Southwest Alabama): As if there wasn’t gonna be more change in Southwest Alabama and the Northwest Florida Panhandle, apparently there is. And this time, its an addition. And WALA is a part of it.

Starting Saturday August 8th, 2015, WALA 10 will be adding a weekend morning newscast from 6:00-8:00 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. FOX 10 News in the Morning, as its known, will be expanding to weekends for the very first time. We don’t know as to who will deliver the news or the StormTracker Weather as of yet, but this will become the third station in the market (after WEAR 3 – ABC and WKRG 5 – CBS) to offer a weekend morning newscast in the market.

On Saturdays at 6:00 a.m., WALA 10 will compete against WEAR 3’s 3 in the Morning while the 7:00 a.m. hour will be all by themselves. On Sundays at 6:00 a.m., the station would compete against WEAR 3 and WKRG 5’s WKRG News 5 This Morning while the Sunday 7:00 a.m. hour will also compete against WKRG 5. This would leave WPMI 15 (CBS) as the ONLY station in the market to not offer a weekend morning newscast and there may not be one on that station because, according to a user on TVNewsTalk, of the ownership structure between WPMI 15 and WEAR 3 and that any more Sinclair programming (local news or something else) could violate their JSA/SSA with WEAR 3 and sister station, WFGX 35 (MyTV).

By the time this newscast has been added, the market would have gone from just one hour of weekend morning news with WEAR 3, to three hours on Saturdays and two hours on Sundays. The market will now receive Saturday morning news from 5:00-8:00 a.m. (with 5:00 a.m. on WKRG 5, 6:00 a.m. on WEAR 3/WALA 10 and 7:00 a.m. on WALA 10) and Sunday morning news from 6:00-8:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. on WEAR 3/WKRG 5/WALA 10 and 7:00 a.m. on WKRG 5/WALA 10).

More weekend morning news is coming to the market. Finally, something is done by these stations in market #59. Now, they are acting like they are in market #59. Thank you WALA 10 for making this commitment.

WDAY expands its “First News” on Saturday mornings and statewide.

WDAY-TV 6 / Fargo – Moorhead, ND (“WDAY 6 Television”)
WDAZ-TV 8 / Devils Lake – Grand Forks, ND (“WDAZ 8 Television”)
KBMY 17 / Bismarck, ND; KMCY 14 / Minot, ND; KXMA-DT 2.2 / Dickinson, ND and KXMD-DT 11.2 / Williston, ND (“KBMY/KMCY”)
WDAY-DT 6.3 and 6.4 / Fargo – Moorhead, ND; WDAZ-DT 8.3 / Devils Lake – Grand Forks, ND; KBMY 17.3 / Bismarck, ND and KMCY 14.3 / Minot, ND (“WDAY’Z Xtra”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WDAY 6 has been the first and ONLY station in Fargo and in North Dakota to offer a weekend morning newscast on Saturdays. Now, just months later, the program has been extended, but not by much.

Since Saturday July 4th, 2015 (July 4th Weekend), WDAY 6 has expanded First News Saturday by a half-hour. The program, anchored by WDAY 6 anchor and reporter Becky Parker and StormTracker Weather with Meteorologist Kellen Peters, is now on the air from 7:00-8:30 a.m., every Saturday morning. The 8:30 a.m. half-hour is now occupied by Ag Week TV, which is a week-in-review show, devoted to Agricultural issues (since the Midwest is usually filled with Ag-related TV shows) and is produced by Forum Communications, which also owns all ABC affiliates in North Dakota (WDAY 6, WDAZ 8, KBMY 17 and KMCY 14) and therefore, simulcasts First News Saturday and Ag Week TV in its entirety.

WDAY 6 and WDAZ 8 simulcast all weekend newscasts, as well as weekday mornings and weeknights at 5:00 p.m. while they produce their own separate weeknight 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. KBMY 17 and KMCY 14 simulcasts the weekday morning and weeknight 5:00 p.m. newscasts, as well as the Saturday morning and the Sunday 5:30 p.m. newscasts.

WDAY 6, WDAZ 8, KBMY 17 and KMCY 14 are home to the ONLY Saturday morning newscast in the state, in both the 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. hours, as NBC North Dakota (KFYR 5/KQCD 7/KUMV 8/KMOT 10), KX News (KXMA 2/KXMD 11/KXMB 12/KXMC 13), Valley News LIVE (KVLY 11.1 and 11.2) and KVRR News (KVRR 15/KJRR 7/KBRR 10/KNRR 12) don’t produce a weekend morning newscast at all.

So if you’re looking for more weekend morning news, then you got it North Dakota. A rare opportunity too.

KABB will be adding a midday newscast at 11:00 a.m.

KABB 29 / San Antonio (“FOX 29”)

San Antonio will get another midday newscast and this time, from a station that currently ONLY delivers a morning and 9:00 p.m. newscast. Plus, this will be the ONLY ones on at this time. We’ll explain now.

Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, KABB 29 will add a half-hour midday newscast at 11:00 a.m., titled FOX 29 News Midday. The new broadcast, the ONLY ones on in the area, will be anchored by Ernie Zuniga, Jessica Headley and First Warning Weather with AMS/Sealed Meteorologist Shaun Stevens. In terms of midday news in the area, it will compete against KENS 5 (CBS – half-hour at noon) and KSAT 12 (ABC  – hour-long at noon) for local news in those timeslots. WOAI 4 (NBC – KABB 29’s sister station) currently doesn’t offer a midday broadcast of its own.

“FOX (29) News Midday” premieres September 14th as a half-hour newscast at 11:00 a.m.

KABB 29’s General Manager, Dean Radla:

“Anytime you expand your news product, you want to expand from a position of strength. The success and growth of FOX (29) News First (weekday mornings from 5:00-9:00 a.m.) will allow us to do just that while providing our viewers a familiar platform for breaking news and news of the day. I’m very excited about this expansion, as well as the other upgrades in our line-up for the fall season.”

With this move, KABB 29 is planning some changes in its programming starting in September, including the following:

  • The Wendy Williams Show joins at 10:00 a.m. (replacing The Doctors)
    • This follows the station’s daytime news/talk/lifestyle program, Daytime at 9:00 (am).
  • Steve Harvey joins at 4:00 p.m. (replacing The Meredith Vieira Show)
    • This follows Dr. Phil at 3:00 p.m.
  • Two Broke Girls moves to 10:00 p.m. and starts the comedy block for the station. (replacing Two and a Half Men, which will move to 11:00 p.m., followed by Mike and Molly)
    • This follows the station’s primetime newscast, FOX (29) News at 9:00.

Because this will be a half-hour newscast at 11:00 a.m., we currently don’t know as to what they will show at 11:30 a.m. However, this is a great addition, nonetheless for the market. This is the first news of a newscast being added, expanded or removed in September, but expect more news like these, as the months continue.

More midday news is coming to San Antonio. At least in a new timeslot for them, so that’s good news.