RUMORS ONLY: This is a very interesting situation/story we have here. The following is just RUMORS and not confirmed information.
We are hearing that, according to the wonderful media industry website at NorthPine.com, which focuses on the Midwest media, they say that KYOU 15 could be adding a local newscast in the future. The station has job postings up for a news reporter/anchor and executive producer, which could signal something. Unfortunately, the station didn’t respond to NorthPine.com‘s inquiry for more information. The station is owned by American Spirit Media, but operated by Raycom Media under a SSA, making it one of Raycom’s smallest properties.
KYOU 15 is only one of two full-power stations in the market, with the other being Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KTVO 3 (ABC on 3.1 and CBS on 3.2), which has a long-standing and long-established news department of its own and is currently the ONLY station in the market to do so. The market also has two digital translators, K18GU-D Channel 18 and K24IM-D Channel 24, to carry Iowa Public Television and PBS programming.
This could start as a local mini news update or a fully developed local newscast. We don’t know as of yet, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. If KYOU 15 does start a local news operation, it would take some time for KYOU 15 to develop a traction for local news, since the market not only has KTVO 3, but also other adjacent local stations in the area which includes, according to Wikipedia, KOMU 8 (NBC/CW) in Columbia-Jefferson City, MO; KCTV 5 (CBS), KCPT 19 (PBS) and KSHB 41 (NBC) in Kansas City, KHQA 7 (CBS/ABC) and WGEM 10 (NBC/CW/FOX) in Quincy, WOI 5 (ABC) and KDSM 17 (FOX) in Des Moines and KGAN 2 (CBS), KCRG 9 (ABC/MyTV) and KIIN 12 (PBS/IPTV) in Cedar Rapids.
We’ll find out as more information comes out. If KYOU 15 does get a new local news operation, we will be sure to let you know. These are just rumors, so stay tuned to The Changing Newscasts Blog as this situation develops.