Boston is about to receive a new option in weekend morning news. When it does, it will be the last COX Media Group-owned station to do so.
According to New England One (great site! – NewEnglandOne.com), WFXT 25 is launching what we have been saying all along: weekend morning news. The new newscasts will launch on weekends from 6:00-10:00 a.m. and will launch sometime in Late Summer or Early Fall of this year. The new rounds of resources on WFXT 25 has led to a representative from the station confirming the new weekend morning news. This won’t be the first time WFXT 25 has done a weekend morning newscast.
According to NE1, the station had a Sunday hour-long newscast at 9:00 a.m. with then-anchor and now current FOX News Channel in Boston reporter, Molly Line. The newscast was on for 5 years from 2004-2009 when budget cutbacks and the recession, costed the newscast to be canceled.
We don’t know as to who will anchor the news or who will deliver the weather, since WFXT 25 is still staffing up for the launch of the new newscast. So, if you’re in television news and looking for a job in a bigger market (#7 – Boston), then go to MyFOXBoston.com to browse and apply.
Also according to NE1, recently, the station’s success in “hard news,” since CMG took over in 2014, has seen WFXT 25 as the #1 station from 4:00-5:00 a.m., 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 10:00-11:30 p.m. in A25-54 and 10:00-11:30 p.m. in Total HH (Households) during the June ratings periods.
By competition-wise, here’s how WFXT 25’s new weekend morning newscast will compete against:
- Saturdays from 6:00-7:00 a.m. – WBZ 4 (CBS)’s WBZ News This Morning, WCVB 5 (ABC)’s WCVB NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener, WHDH 7 (NBC)’s 7 News Today in New England and WMUR 9 (ABC)’s WMUR News 9 Daybreak
- Saturdays from 7:00-8:00 a.m. – WBZ 4 and WMUR 9
- Saturdays from 8:00-9:00 a.m. – WCVB 5 and WMUR 9
- Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. – WHDH 7
- Sundays from 6:00-7:00 a.m. – WBZ 4, WCVB 5 and WMUR 9
- Sundays from 7:00-7:30 a.m. – WBZ 4 and WMUR 9
- Sundays from 7:30-8:00 a.m. – WBZ 4, WHDH 7 and WMUR 9
- Sundays from 8:00-9:00 a.m. – WBZ 4, WCVB 5 and WMUR 9
- Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. – WCVB 5 and WHDH 7
After this debuts, WFXT 25 will become the second-to-last station in the Boston-Manchester area to launch weekend morning news. WBIN 50 will still not have a weekend morning newscast, as their news department is still young. Also, WFXT 25 will remain as the ONLY CMG station without a midday newscast, as all others do so (even WHBQ 13 with their midday newscast at 11:00 a.m.).
So, there you have. A new option for weekend morning news in Boston and WFXT 25 may be late, but its better late than never.