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.