WCVB will debut Boston and New England’s first 5:00 p.m. weekend newscast.

WCVB-TV 5 / Boston (“WCVB Channel 5”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than New England One): WCVB is about to make history in Boston and in New England (other than Cable) with the first-ever early-evening newscast in the area and the region.

Starting Sunday November 8th, 2015, WCVB 5 will debut an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast on weekends called NewsCenter 5 at 5:00, but will more likely break it up as two half-hour newscasts at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. It will air on Sundays first because of ESPN College Football on ABC during Saturdays. But once the season finishes, it will also air on Saturdays as well. If the season didn’t happen, then the newscast would’ve debuted on Saturday November 7th, 2015.

On Saturdays, Pam Cross and Bob Halloran will anchor, with StormTeam 5 Weather from Meteorologist Mike Wanukm. On Sundays, Mike will join Ed Harding and Heather Unruh with SportsCenter 5 from sports director Mike Lynch.

WCVB 5’s President and General Manager, Bill Fine:

“We are very excited about the addition of this new weekend newscast. The expansion will make WCVB the only television station in the Boston market to offer a newscast at 5:00PM on weekends, giving viewers more options to stay informed.”

WCVB 5’s News Director, Andrew Vrees:

“NewsCenter 5 remains dedicated to serving our community by providing the best news and information across times and platforms that are convenient. This additional hour on weekends at 5:00PM gives viewers a new choice, and we’re pleased to make it available.”

With this addition, WCVB 5 makes history. It will become the first TV station in Boston and in New England (second if you count NECN which airs a half-hour 5:00 p.m. weekend newscast) to add a 5:00 p.m. newscast on weekends, something that’s VERY RARE in the TV news industry, but not surprising for some ABC affiliates who have jumped to starting airing local newscasts at 5:00 p.m. on weekends, like WABC 7 in New York and WPLG 10 in Miami (my home market), just to name a few.

With this historic new addition in New England TV, its no wonder why people turn to WCVB 5 and have made it become, Boston’s News Leader.


The “NewsFix” format expands to South Florida on WSFL, their first local newscast in 5 years.

WSFL-TV 39 / Miami – Ft. Lauderdale (“SFL-TV – The CW”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: Well well well… If it isn’t WSFL. Look who’s bringing back a local newscast. And for the first time, South Floridans (like myself) are getting a new kind of newscast… Tribune’s “NewsFix.”

Since yesterday, Monday September 28th, 2015, WSFL 39 has aired a local weeknight half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast called NewsFix, as NewsFix SFL at 10:00 for South Florida audiences. The new half-hour newscast is similar to Tribune’s other sister stations that have the same format, KDAF 33 (CW) in DFW and KIAH 39 (CW) in Houston, in which both air NewsFix formats during their evening newscasts. The format is anchor-less and has news delivered by a voice over announcer in a rapid fire format, which also includes the more traditional segments like weather and sports. This will compete against WSVN 7 (FOX)’s already-established, hour-long and #1-rated 10:00 p.m. newscast, 7 News at 10:00 (in which I watch daily).

This new particular newscast is the first one for WSFL 39 in 5 years, when they last aired The Morning Show in 2010, which was a failed morning newscast due to low ratings because it wasn’t able to compete against WSVN 7’s 7 News – Today in Florida.

WSFL 39’s first and longest newscast was from 1997-2008 with WB 39 News at 10:00 on then WDZL, then WBZL. Once it became WSFL in 2006, CW News at 10:00 came through but with the potential (and failed) sale of WTVJ 6 (NBC) to WPLG 10 (ABC)’s owners at Post-Newsweek Stations (now Graham Media Group) at that time, the news sharing agreement ended. So this will be WSFL 39’s second time at producing a local newscast after the morning newscast ended after just a year in 2010.

So, as they say… “If you fail… try and try again.” That’s what WSFL 39 is doing. Not sure if this one will work out though, to be honest.

Newscast debuting this week… Edition #31.

WFXR 27 / Roanoke – Lynchburg (“FOX 21/27”; logo to be replaced soon.)

Believe it or not, there’s actually a newscast debuting this week. I meant to do this yesterday, but felt kinda too lazy. Nonetheless, I’m here to post this and it comes from Roanoke and after all this time… WFXR will finally debut its in-house local news department.

Thursday October 1st, 2015

  • 5:00-6:00 AM: WFXR News – Good Day Virginia at 5:00 a.m.
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: WFXR News – Good Day Virginia at 6:00 a.m.
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: WFXR News – Good Day Virginia at 7:00 a.m.
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: WFXR News – Good Day Virginia at 8:00 a.m.
  • 10:00-11:00 PM: WFXR News – First at 10:00

WFXR in Roanoke. After all this time, WFXR 27 will finally debut its in-house local news department that Nexstar has been investing on. WFXR 27 will end its news-sharing agreement with WSLS 10 (NBC) on Wednesday September 30th, 2015, after the 10:00 p.m. broadcast and after almost 20 years together. From its current product, the weeknight 10:00 p.m. news will remain the same while the morning newscast expands from two to four hours. Both programs will be in HD and renamed as the news operation becomes WFXR News.

Enjoy your Thursday, Roanoke! Your in for a good treat. For everybody else, have a good week.

WHPM will be adding their first-ever local newscast at 9:00 p.m.

WHPM-LD 23 / Hattiesburg – Laurel, MS (“FOX 23”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: The Mississippi Pine Belt is a very small TV market and is not known for adding or expanding a lot of newscasts. However, history will be made in that market on Monday October 5th, 2015.

Starting on that day, WHPM 23 will launch its first-ever local newscast, a weeknight half-hour newscast at 9:00 p.m. called FOX 23 News at 9:00. The newscast will become the first-ever local primetime newscast in the area, since long-time leader WDAM 7 (NBC/ABC) and WHLT 22 (CBS/CW) doesn’t produce or air a primetime newscast at all.

I have no idea as to who will anchor the news or deliver the weather on this newscast. However, this does has a similar idea as to what their sister station in Meridian, WGBC 30 (FOX/NBC) will be doing as well, as it will add a half-hour weeknight newscast at 9:00 p.m., starting on that day as well.

So there you go folks. For those of you who live in the Mississippi Pine Belt (Hattiesburg – Laurel), you’re gonna get something exciting. Enjoy you’re new and first-ever, local primetime newscast.

Newscasts debuting this weekend… Edition #20

WOOD-TV 8 / Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek (“WOOD-TV 8”)
WUAB 43 / Lorain – Cleveland (“CLE 43”)
WLUK-TV 11 / Green Bay – Appleton – Fox Cities (“FOX 11”)
WXXV-TV 25 / Gulfport – Biloxi – Pascagoula, MS (“WXXV FOX 25”)
WXXV-DT 25.2 / Gulfport – Biloxi – Pascagoula, MS (“WXXV NBC 25”)

The 30th edition of Newscasts debuting this weekend. Here’s who will debut more local newscasts this weekend.

Saturday September 26th, 2015

  • 5:00-6:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 5:00 a.m.

WOOD in Grand Rapids. The station’s highly successful weekend morning newscast is expanding to compete against WXMI 17 (FOX)’s FOX 17 Morning News for local news in that timeslot in the area. The broadcast will also debut new weekend morning news anchors.

  • 9:00-9:45 PM: Cleveland 19 News at 9:00 on CLE 43
  • 9:45-10:00 PM: Cleveland 19 Sports Extra on CLE 43

WUAB in Cleveland. The station’s 9:00 p.m. newscast debuts its weekend editions tomorrow. But unlike weeknights, there will be no 10:00 p.m. edition.

  • 10:00-10:30 PM: FOX 11 News at 10:00

WLUK in Green Bay. What I didn’t know is that WLUK 11 is expanding the 10:00 p.m. newscast to weekends as well! It won’t actually debut tomorrow, due to FOX College Football, but will be seen on Saturdays during non-FOX College Football times. The first edition will be on Sunday.

Sunday September 27th, 2015

  • 9:00-9:45 PM: Cleveland 19 News at 9:00 on CLE 43
  • 9:45-10:00 PM: Cleveland 19 Sports Extra on CLE 43

WUAB in Cleveland. See above.

  • 9:00-9:30 PM: News 25 at 9:00 on WXXV FOX 25
  • 10:00-10:35 PM: News 25 at 10:00 on WXXV NBC 25

WXXV in Biloxi. The station is adding Sunday night newscasts for the first time ever, to cap off the addition of their first-ever weekday morning newscast, which was added last Monday. Only two newscasts on Sunday nights and only on Sundays for now.

Enjoy you’re weekend, everybody!

A small minor newscast change… #49

KFSM-TV 5 / Ft. Smith – Fayetteville – Rogers, AR (“Channel 5”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: A small change to report from Northwest Arkansas.

Just recently, KFSM 5 has expanded their Sunday morning newscast to 5:00 a.m., which means that 5 News This Morning is now on Sundays from 5:00-8:00 a.m., matching its existing Saturday start time of 5:00 a.m. as well.

With this hour-long addition, KFSM 5 is now home to the ONLY local station in the area that delivers a 5:00 a.m. morning newscast on weekends. KHBS 40/KHOG 29 (ABC/CW) starts at 6:00 a.m. while KNWA 51 (NBC) doesn’t offer a weekend morning newscast at all.

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

WOOD is expanding their “Daybreak” to 5:00 a.m… on weekends.

WOOD-TV 8 / Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek (“WOOD-TV 8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than WOODTV.com): If you’re looking for a bigger Daybreak on weekends in West Michigan, then look no further to some more WOOD. No you dirty minds, its not what you’re thinking. I mean by WOOD-TV.

Starting Saturday September 26th, 2015, WOOD 8 will be expanding their weekend editions of 24-Hour News 8 Daybreak to a third hour, starting at 5:00 a.m. The new hour will compete against WXMI 17 (FOX)’s FOX 17 Morning News for weekend morning news in that timeslot in the area. The expanded newscast will be anchored by Koco McAboy and Evan Dean with StormTeam 8 Weather from Meteorologist Ellen Bacca.

Koco McAboy (left), Evan Dean (center) and Meteorologist Ellen Bacca (right), will become the new weekend morning team starting September 26th, 2015, when the weekend editions of “24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak” expands to 5:00 a.m.

McAboy has worked on the station for 2 years, as reporter and filling-in for time to time on anchoring on the weekend morning newscast. Dean came to WOOD 8 in June of 2015 from WWTV 9/WWUP 10 (CBS) in Traverse City/Cadillac, where he was the weekday morning anchor for 9&10 News – Michigan This Morning. The new expanded weekend morning newscast will launch during ArtPrize at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Studio in Downtown Grand Rapids, an international art competition that is one of West Michigan’s most popular events. So much so that WOOD 8 has a LIVE studio inside ArtPrize during its newscasts. (For more information on ArtPrize, visit artprize.org)

WOOD 8’s News Director, Dan Boers:

“Mornings are an increasingly important time period as people get up earlier. Our team is focused on covering breaking and developing news and weather while preparing West Michigan viewers for their weekend ahead.”

WOOD 8’s new weekend morning anchor, Koco AcAboy:

“Over the past couple of years, West Michigan has become home for me. I’m thrilled to take on the greater role of weekend co-anchor and deliver engaging and important news stories to the community.”

WOOD 8’s other and new weekend morning anchor, Evan Dean:

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. I look forward to connecting with the viewers in West Michigan to make sure they know what’s happening to start their day.”

So more weekend morning news is coming to West Michigan and during one of West Michigan’s most popular events. What a great combination for West Michigan.