KOHD discontinues simulcasts of KEZI’s newscasts.

KOHD 51 / Bend, OR (“KOHD ABC”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Call this one a big shtick in the fork as the last call has been drawn for KOHD and local news on the station.

As of recently, KOHD 51 no longer airs simulcasts of KEZI 9’s newscasts. This was done since 2011, when KOHD’s news department was shut down and workers were laid off. Before the discontinuation of the simulcasts from KEZI 9 on KOHD 51, the station was simulcasting on weekdays, KEZI 9 News This Morning at 6:00 a.m.KEZI 9 News at 5:00 and KEZI 9 News at 11:00. On weekends, it was the news at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m., plus Saturdays had more simulcasts with news at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. As of now, all simulcasts has since been replaced by syndicated programming.

The only locally produced programs that currently exist on KOHD 51 are Ask Dr. Nandi, weekdays at 11:00 a.m. (hour-long) and myWindow, weeknights at 6:00 p.m. (half-hour).

According to Wikipedia, in 2006, the station signed on the air with simulcasts from KEZI 9 before the station launched its own news department in 2007. Unfortunately, within just two years in 2009, the weekend newscasts were canceled and by March of 2010, news operations were reduced significantly with long-form newscasts canceled. Two half-hour weeknight newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. were allowed to return in September of 2010, but just a year later in September of 2011, the simulcasts from KEZI 9 returned, effectively ending KOHD 51’s short-lived, drama and really rocky news department, as it was plagued by cutbacks, within staff and resources.

But now, it has become the final straw for KOHD 51. The station is not even 10 years old and already, the station has dropped local news entirely from the station. Just a sign when people aren’t watching your station so much, that local news is given up entirely. KOHD 51’s sister station, KBNZ-LD 7, continues to simulcast local news from KOIN 6 (CBS) in Portland, which includes a weekday 2-hour morning news block from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and half-hour newscasts, weekdays at noon, weeknights at 5:00 and nightly at 11:00 p.m.

But none continue to figure out how to dethrone long-time leader, KTVZ 21 (NBC), which continues to hold the ONLY locally-produced news organization in Bend and Central Oregon and will do so for the foreseeable future. Local news in Bend and Central Oregon are now only seen from KTVZ 21, KBNZ-LD 7 and KPDX 49 (MyTV) / Portland repeater KUBN-LD 43, which carries KPTV 12 (FOX) / Portland’s weeknight hour-long 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. newscasts for PDX TV on KUBN-LD 43.

But no more local news or simulcasts of local news on KOHD 51. A station gives up on local news, 9 years into the station’s existence. What a shame.

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