FIRST ON THE BLOG: Guess what? Another Raycom station will be doing the same move as KFVS (CBS) in Cape Girardeau, MO. This time, its in Wilmington, NC, an NBC affiliate and will be debuting later than KFVS’.
Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, WECT 6 will be adding a half-hour local newscast at 4:00 p.m. called WECT News – First at 4:00. The new newscast will be anchored by Ashlea Kosikowski with WECT 6 First Alert Weather, alternated by Weekend Meteorologists: Patrick Ellis (who also does weekend mornings) and Lauren Rautenkranz (who also does weekends at 6:00, 10:00 on sister station WSFX 26 (FOX) and 11:00 p.m.). And after the program, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville will be on at 4:30 p.m. (the program is taped LIVE at 3:00 p.m. ET), leading into WECT 6’s other early evening newscasts at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 before NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt at 6:30 p.m.
Scott Saxton, News Director of WECT 6, in a statement provided by WECT 6 to local news website Star News Online, said that WECT 6 has been exploring new time periods to broadcast local news in response to the feedback that has shown some viewers like their news earlier in the afternoon. He also said this…
“We are trying to reach viewers whenever we can. People are already getting their news on the Internet all day, so maybe this newscast can reach them before they leave the office.”
Right NOW on WECT 6 is The Ellen DeGeneres Show at 4:00 p.m., but will move to 3:00 p.m. once the new newscast debuts and it will replace The Meredith Vieira Show, which will no longer be seen on the station. Saxton confirmed this piece of news to Star News Online.
This will be Coastal North Carolina’s ONLY over-the-air local newscast at 4:00 p.m. (that’s if you don’t count TWC News – North Carolina: Coastal), since WWAY 3 (ABC/CW) will continue to start at 5:00 p.m. while WILM-LD 10 (CBS) simulcasts some newscasts from their sister station, WRAL 5 (CBS) in Raleigh – Durham – Fayetteville, with the latest early-evening newscast at 6:00 p.m.
More (and earlier) news are coming to Coastal North Carolina and it comes from the area’s #1-rated station, Where News Comes First (see what I did there? Puns!).