WRBL discontinues a newscast, while WLTZ added some and is expanding at Noon.

WRBL-TV 3 / Columbus, GA (“WRBL News 3”)
WLTZ 38 / Columbus, GA (“NBC 38”)

CORRECTION: I have just been told that David Hart, WRBL 3’s Vice President and General Manager has emailed me through a tip, saying that WRBL 3 has NOT, I repeat NOT, discontinued their 6:30 p.m. Sunday night newscast. The newscast is still on-the-air as the area’s ONLY local newscast at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday nights.

The WLTZ 38 portions of this story remain true. Completely ignore the WRBL 3 portion of this story. I do apologize for the error and thank you, Mr. Hart from WRBL 3, for noticing our story and giving me the correct information. Please read my blog if you’re interested and again, thank you.

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ORIGINAL POST (4:57 p.m. EDT on 8/26/2015):

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Some more changes have occurred and this time, in West Georgia and East Alabama.

First off, WRBL 3 has discontinued their Sunday evening newscast at 6:30 p.m. The Sunday half-hour edition of WRBL News 3 – The Evening Edition was the ONLY local newscast on at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT, but not anymore as the station has since replaced it with Paid Programming. WRBL 3 continues to produce a half-hour newscast on Sundays at 11:00 p.m.

Second, WLTZ 38 has added Sunday night newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., for a half-hour each. The newscasts compete against the #1-rated WTVM 9 (ABC) and the Sunday 11:00 p.m. edition at WRBL 3. This was added some months ago, but was just recently noticed.

Finally and sticking to WLTZ 38, the station is expanding their noon newscast from just 15 minutes to a full half-hour. Stating Monday September 7th, 2015 (Labor Day), WLTZ 38 will air a full half-hour of WLTZ First News at Noon. The new extra 15 minutes will replace The Dee Armstrong Show, which is WLTZ 38’s lifestyle/entertainment talk show, but will move to 11:00 a.m., replacing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which will go from 2 episodes at 11:00 a.m. to just one episode at 12:30 p.m. after the new half-hour noon newscast.

More changes, as the new TV season is about to begin in two weeks. I love this time of year.


2 thoughts on “WRBL discontinues a newscast, while WLTZ added some and is expanding at Noon.

  1. Can’t complain about a Sunday evening newscast being cut. A majority of the time CBS has sports programming on Sunday afternoons like NFL Football and they can air the newscast any way with NFL football still on at 6:30 pm eastern time. Your tweet made it sound like it was doom when it said WRBL discontinues a newscast.


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