Newscast debuting this week… Edition #27.

WMBF-TV 32 / Myrtle Beach – Florence (“WMBF News”)

Only one newscast is debuting this week and that’s out of the South Carolina Pee-Dee.

Monday August 31st, 2015

  • 7:00-7:30 PM: WMBF News at 7:00

WMBF in Myrtle Beach. The station will join its other Raycom Media-owned TV stations in South Carolina (WIS 10 and WCSC 5) with a weeknight 7:00 p.m. newscast. Lisa Gresci will anchor with WMBF First Alert Weather from Meteorologist Robert Whitehurst. Lisa will continue her role as reporter, but mostly from the newsroom/news set now, while Robert will remain as the Meteorologist for the station’s 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. newscasts.

This is the only one debuting tomorrow. If more, we will let you know. Stay tuned to next week… It’s the start of plenty of newscasts popping up on TV. But it can also be newscasts discontinuing as well. Stay tuned to The Changing Newscasts Blog.

A small minor newscast change… #46

WVLA-TV 33 / Baton Rouge (“NBC 33”)
KLAF-LD 46 / Lafayette, LA (“Acadiana’s KLAF”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small minor change to report from Baton Rouge that also affects Lafayette.

WVLA 33 has moved its weeknight half-hour 6:30 p.m. newscast to 6:00 p.m. and is now called NBC 33 News at 6:00. This move now enables WVLA 33 to compete at 6:00 p.m. against WBRZ 2 (ABC)’s WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 and WAFB 9 (CBS)’s 9 News at 6:00 for local news in that timeslot, which means now more local newscasts at 6:30 p.m.

This move also affects Lafayette, since KLAF 46 also carries WVLA 33’s newscasts, temporarily, until KLAF 46 launches its own news department in January 2016. Because of the move, there’s also no local newscast at 6:30 p.m. in Lafayette anymore, since the move to 6:00 p.m. also competes against KATC 3 (ABC)’s KATC 3 – Acadiana’s NewsChannel at 6:00, KLFY 10 (CBS)’s KLFY News 10 at 6:00 and Lake Charles-based KPLC 7 (NBC)’s 7 News at 6:00 for local news in that timeslot. The change only affects weeknights as WVLA 33 continues to produce a 6:30 p.m. newscast on Saturday nights.

But other than this, there are no other major additions or expansions to report at this time.

WLEX will be adding a 4:30 p.m. local newscast, starting September 8th.

WLEX-TV 18 / Lexington (“LEX 18”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WLEX has always been in a tight ratings battle in Lexington with WKYT. And now, WLEX will add another newscast to stay in the ratings game with WKYT.

Starting Tuesday September 8th, 2015 (the day after Labor Day), WLEX 18 will be adding a half-hour weekday newscast at 4:30 p.m. The newscast, obviously titled LEX 18 News at 4:30, will compete against WKYT 27 (CBS/CW)’s already-established WKYT News at 4:30 for local news in that timeslot. Plus, it will fill the gap that WLEX 18 had as the station broadcasts Inside Edition, but will soon move to 7:30 p.m., once the new broadcast debuts and once it does, it will finally create a 2 and 1/2-hour block of local news for WLEX 18, something that WKYT 27 already had for a few years now.

The new broadcast will be anchored by newcomer Angie Beavin, who joins WLEX 18 from KXAN 36 (NBC) in Austin, but this is a homecoming for Angie as she previously worked in the market at WKYT 27 and at WMYT 57 (CBS) in Hazard, KY, plus she went to college in Kentucky at UK, where she majored in Journalism, so this is homecoming for Angie. LEX 18 StormTracker Weather with Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck, could be a part of the new broadcast, but we’re not sure.

The only other station in the market with a local newscast at 4:00 p.m. is WYMT 57’s 57 Mountain News – First at 4:00 (half-hour), while WTVQ 36 (ABC/MyTV) will continue to start at 5:00 p.m.

So more local news and more local staff, coming to WLEX 18. Get ready, WKYT 27.

Newscast debuting this weekend… Edition #16

WSBK-TV 38 / Boston (“MyTV 38”)

Only one newscast is debuting this weekend and its in Boston.

Saturday August 29th, 2015

  • 10:00-11:00 PM: WBZ News at 10:00 on MyTV 38

WSBK in Boston. The newscast will finally expand to weekends, with Kate Merrill on Saturdays and Liam Martin joining Kate on Sundays. It will compete against WFXT 25 (FOX)’s hour-long newscast, WHDH 7 (NBC) on WLVI 56 (CW)’s hour-long newscast and WBIN 50 (Ind.)’s half-hour newscast.

That’s it for now. There may be a special Newscasts debuting this week post, tomorrow, instead of Sunday.

The blog’s headquarters will be feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Erika, starting Sunday and into Monday and early Tuesday. If for somehow and some reason, we still have power, then we will continue to update and provide stories. If not, then we won’t know how long we will be out, but we’ll try to come back ASAP with new stories then.

Have a great weekend, everybody. We’ll catch up next week, if I don’t lose power.

WCPO will be “On Your Side” at 7:00 p.m. in Cincinnati.

WCPO-TV 9 / Cincinnati (“9 On Your Side”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: WCPO hasn’t been #1 for quite some time now, even though they have been #1 for a long-time until WKRC’s dominance started in 2010. But now, WCPO will add a newscast to try to shrink or regain that dominance.

Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, WCPO 9 will add a weeknight half-hour 7:00 p.m. newscast. Titled 9 On Your Side at 7:00, it will be the ONLY local newscast on at that time in the Cincinnati viewing area and what WCPO 9 says it as… “An on your side move by the station to provide a newscast fitting the lifestyle of viewers working late and commuters caught in rush-hour traffic.”

Expect the latest Cincinnati news and weather from anchor Julie Dolan and 9 First Warning Weather with Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh.

WCPO 9 says, in a story on WCPO.com, that…

9 On Your Side at 7:00 is a live, local alternative for people who may not be home in time to watch an early evening newscast.”

Alex Bongiorno, WCPO 9’s News Director:

“We saw the need to provide a newscast for people getting home late from work – it fits perfectly with our ‘on your side‘ brand. Now, viewers will have breaking news, their 9 First Warning Forecast and the top stories of the day at a time convenient for their lifestyle.”

Because of this new addition, programming changes will be made to WCPO 9 and just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 TV season. The List (from Scripps) will move to 7:30 p.m. while Right This Minute (one of my favorite shows and co-produced with Scripps, Cox and Raycom) will air two back-to-back half-hour episodes from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

If you’re looking for an alternative to local news at 4:00, 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. in Cincinnati, then WCPO 9 is here to help you with local news at 7:00 p.m. Good job, WCPO 9. At least you thought about those who can’t watch till 7:00 p.m.

KMOV will be adding 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. news on Channel 4.

KMOV 4 / St. Louis (“KMOV 4”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: See what we did in the title there? Anyways, the worst keep secret from this blog is out. It was a secret because we knew about this story for almost a month, but didn’t report on it because we were missing a key detail. Now that we have that detail, we can fill you in now.

Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, KMOV 4 will be adding a half-hour extension of News 4 This Morning, which will soon begin at 4:00 a.m. The new half-hour will effectively compete against St. Louis’ other 2 weekday morning newscasts, KTVI 2 (FOX)’s FOX 2 News in the Morning and KSDK 5 (NBC)’s NewsChannel 5 – Today in St. Louis. Both KTVI 2 and KSDK 5 have established their 4:00 a.m. newscasts for a few years now. The morning newscast is anchored by Andre Hepkins and Emily Rau.

Also starting on that day, KMOV 4 will add a half-hour 4:00 p.m. newscast, obviously called News 4 at 4:00 (the station’s newscasts were known as News 4 St. Louis until around 2007-2008 when they dropped St. Louis from the title).

KMOV 4’s General Manager, Mike Murphy said in a statement obtained by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch at STLToday.com:

“It’ll be a full newscast of news, sports and weather. We’ll probably just go with one (as of yet undetermined) anchor on that.”

Murphy also said that the addition of the 4:00 p.m. newscast had been discussed for a long time. However, that means a long-time show leaves a long-time timeslot on KMOV 4.

Because of the addition of the 4:00 p.m. half-hour newscast, KMOV 4 will move The Young and The Restless from its long-time 4:00 p.m. post, to the new 11:00 a.m. timeslot, which will now go on before the half-hour News 4 at Noon. And because of this programming changes are made on KMOV 4. Here’s where you’ll find the shows at new times, starting Monday September 14th, 2015:

  • 9:00-10:00 AM: Great Day St. Louis (KMOV 4’s lifestyle talk show, moves from 10:00 a.m. and replaces The Queen Latifah Show, which has been canceled.)
  • 10:00-11:00 AM: The Price is Right (moves from 11:00 a.m.)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: The Young and The Restless (moves from 4:00 p.m.)
  • 12:00-12:30 PM: News 4 at Noon (will remain as is)
  • 12:30-1:00 PM: The Bold and The Beautiful (will remain as is)
  • 1:00-2:00 PM: The Talk (will remain as is)
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Let’s Make A Deal (will remain as is)
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: Dr. Phil (will remain as is)
  • 4:00-4:30 PM: News 4 at 4:00 (brand new newscast, replacing TYTR which moves to 11:00 a.m.)
  • 4:30-5:00 PM: Inside Edition (moves from 11:35 p.m. and will fill the second half-hour of the 4:00 p.m. hour)

What this means is that for the first time, both The Young and The Restless and The Late Late Show will air in pattern with CBS on KMOV 4, as both shows were delayed by 5 hours and 30 minutes, respectively.

Mike Murphy on possibly viewer concerns about moving TYTR to 11:00 a.m.:

“But I hope it’s not a big a problem for them as it might have been in the days before DVRs and other recording devices.”

The new half-hour 4:00 p.m. newscast will compete against half-hour news on KSDK 5 and hour-long news on KPLR 11 (The CW).

So there you go folks. 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. news are coming to 4. Ha! I love puns. Enjoy, St. Louis!

KJRH will be expanding their 11:00 a.m. midday broadcast to an hour.

KJRH-TV 2 / Tulsa (“2 Works For You”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: KJRH was the last station in the Tulsa market to produce a half-hour midday newscast. Starting September 7th, it won’t be anymore.

Starting Monday September 7th, 2015, KJRH 2 will be expanding their midday broadcast to an hour. 2 News Works For You Midday will soon be on-the-air for an hour from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The new expanded broadcast will replace Right This Minute (one of my favorite shows) at 11:30 a.m. and as of yet, have not found a new timeslot for the show.

KJRH 2 is the ONLY local station in the Tulsa market that airs midday news at 11:00 a.m., as both KOTV 6 (CBS) and KOKI 23 (FOX) air hour-long midday news at 12:00 Noon (KTUL 8 – ABC doesn’t produce and air a midday newscast at all). The newscast is anchored by Max Resnik and Libby Beaubien.

More midday news on KJRH 2. If you can only watch at 11:00 a.m., then this is very good news for you. Plus, Tulsa will now get a 2-hour midday news block from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. I think that’s very cool, indeed.