CONFIRMED: WEVV’s news department will launch August 3rd.

WEVV-TV 44 / Evansville, IN – Owensboro, KY (“CBS 44”)
WEVV-DT 44.2 and W47EE-D 47 / Evansville, IN – Owensboro, KY (“FOX 44”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Confirmation! A journalistic victory for The Changing Newscasts Blog! We can finally report to you that WEVV’s news department WILL launch August 3rd!

That’s right. You heard us. Several workers at WEVV on Twitter have confirmed that WEVV’s news department, 44 News, will launch on Monday August 3rd, 2015, effectively competing against WFIE 14 (NBC)’s 14 News and WEHT 25 (ABC)/WTVW 7 (CW)’s Eyewitness News. Local news broadcasts will be air on both the CBS and FOX channels that WEVV 44 is affiliated with. And the news department’s first slogan is Focused on the Family and the Community.

Just last year, WEVV 44 was sold to Bayou City Broadcasting and immediately wanted a local news operation to return to the station once again and it looks like it will, within several weeks from now. Check out this post as to find out who will be the news teams for WEVV 44’s morning/midday and evening news teams. Meanwhile, here are the newscast times that WEVV 44 will be on:

  • Weekdays:
    • 4:30-5:00 AM: 44 News at 4:30 a.m. (CBS 44 and FOX 44)
    • 5:00-6:00 AM: 44 News at 5:00 a.m. (CBS 44 and FOX 44)
    • 6:00-7:00 AM: 44 News at 6:00 a.m. (CBS 44 and FOX 44)
    • 7:00-8:00 AM: 44 News at 7:00 a.m. (FOX 44)
    • 8:00-9:00 AM: 44 News at 8:00 a.m. (FOX 44)
    • 12:00-12:30 PM: 44 News at Noon (CBS 44)
    • 5:00-5:30 PM: 44 News at 5:00 (CBS 44)
    • 6:00-6:30 PM: 44 News at 6:00 (CBS 44)
    • 9:00-10:00 PM:  44 News at 9:00 (FOX 44)
    • 10:00-10:35 PM: 44 News at 10:00 (CBS 44)
  • Weekends:
    • 9:00-10:00 PM: 44 News at 9:00 (FOX 44)
    • 10:00-10:35 PM: 44 News at 10:00 (CBS 44)

We tried to confirm with WEVV 44 on this, but has not heard of a response back and we’ll probably won’t get one. But the good news is that we don’t need to contact them anymore, because you now know the information and where you heard it FIRST. That’s right. We beat TVSpy, TVNewser, TVNewsCheck, FTVLive and all other media industry websites on this. And yes, WEVV 44’s 44 News will launch in 16:9 HD, becoming the third and the last news organization to do so.

If you’re looking for a jump start on receiving updates from WEVV 44’s 44 News, they have already set up a Facebook page for it. Just search “44NewsEvansville” on Facebook and you should be able to visit the page, which for right now, includes promos with Amanda Decker (formerly INN out of Davenport, IA), Chris Cerenelli (formerly WTVF 5 – CBS in Nashville), Chad Myers (Chief Meteorologist and formerly WLFI 18 – CBS in Lafayette, IN and also previously on WEHT 25) and Andrew Keese (Sports Director and formerly KWES 9 – NBC in Midland-Odessa, TX), the new weeknight news team on WEVV 44.

So there you go, folks! Confirmed and now you know when they’ll debut and when they’ll be on. With 44 News on WEVV 44, starting August 3rd, we gave you the information FIRST. Another journalistic victory by The Changing Newscasts Blog.

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2 thoughts on “CONFIRMED: WEVV’s news department will launch August 3rd.

  1. Will have a very strong full news schedule with newscasts in all the major time slots such as morning, noon, and evening instead of a wimpy schedule with only a few newscasts. I hope this news schedules pays off for WEVV it might be a gamble for them to start a full news schedule right away instead of them doing it in increments.

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    • I would have to agree. WEVV must be taking a huge leap of faith in having that big of a news schedule, especially after not having a news operation for 14 years.

      For an ABC, CBS, or NBC affiliate… it’d be normal to start off with 3 or 4 half-hour newscasts (6:30AM, 11AM/Noon, 5PM/6PM, and 10PM/11PM, depending on the station and time zones)… essentially testing the waters. That used to be the norm back in the old days for the big 3 networks… morning news gradually expanded over time (a few starting as early as 4AM, and 7AM and 8AM news on stations that don’t air network or syndicated morning programs), along with early evening news (4PM becoming new must have newscast, since Oprah went away… and some stations experimenting with 7PM news). Independent and Fox stations were famous for prime-time news (10PM/9PM).

      Only time will tell if this pays off for WEVV.

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