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!

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

  1. I wonder if KPLR-TV 11 will expand their newscasts big time like WGN, KTLA, WXIN and other Tribune owned TV stations? If KPLR were to expand its newscasts they could get morning newscasts, and maybe move their 7:00pm newscast back to 9:00pm

    And by the way in a WMFL universe KMOV-TV would be a WMFL owned TV station: Its call letters would be KSLM ** Channel 4 (Independent; News 4 St. Louis)

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    • Actually, because KPLR 11 is owned by Tribune Media, which owns KTVI 2, they rather have all of its big-time newscasts on KTVI 2, leaving just the weekday 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m. on KPLR 11.

      So no, it won’t expand big-time because they already have a sister station in the market that already does that.

      If you think about it, like 90% of all newscasts produced by KTVI 2/KPLR 11 are on KTVI 2.

      Weekdays:
      4:00-10:00 AM: FOX 2 News in the Morning
      11:00 AM-12:00 PM: FOX 2 News Midday
      12:00-1:00 PM: News 11 at Noon
      4:00-5:00 PM: News 11 at 4:00
      5:00-6:00 PM: FOX 2 News at 5:00
      6:00-6:30 PM: FOX 2 News at 6:00
      7:00-8:00 PM: News 11 at 7:00
      9:00-10:00 PM: FOX 2 News at 9:00
      10:00-10:35 PM: FOX 2 News at 10:00

      Besides, it helps avoid conflict from two stations airing newscasts in the same timeslots, so that they don’t have to compete against each other, since KTVI 2/KPLR 11 are sister stations, not rival stations.

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  2. Does KPLR News have the same news content as KTVI-TV. Like do they have the same reporters and do they share the same news stories and videos?

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  3. St. Louis must be a very early riser TV Market and Nashville also because at least 3 TV stations in both Markets start morning news at 4:00am instead of 4:30am. Do you think local morning news will ever start as early as 3:30am sometime in the future?

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    • IMO, I don’t think so. There needs to be some hours of entertainment. Otherwise, it would be turned to 24-hour news and any cable company can start 24-hour news in any market, because of the expanding times that each station is now dealing with.

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      • Also any sub digital channel could be 24-hour all day news. Like KTVK-DT 3.2 in PHX that rebroadcasts KTVK newscasts or KRON-DT 4.2 in SFO that does the same thing.

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  4. I think sub digital 24-hour all day news channels are repeats of the newscast and they reloop them on that channel which wouldn’t cost a lot of money to do as if it were live newz.

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