WFLA is launching Florida’s first 4:00 a.m. newscast, next Tuesday.

WFLA-TV 8 / Tampa – St. Petersburg (“NewsChannel 8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than Florida NewsCenter): WFLA is about to make Florida TV news history next Tuesday when it expands its morning newscast.

Starting Tuesday September 8th, 2015, WFLA 8 will be expanding their weekday morning newscast, a half-hour earlier to 4:00 a.m. Known as NewsChannel 8 Today at 4:00 a.m., the extra half-hour will feature Gene Ramirez (who used to work at WSVN 7 under Eugene Ramiez), Gayle Guyardo and Traffic and Weather Together on the 8’s from StormTeam 8 Weather Meteorologist Leigh Spann and Traffic Reporter Leslee Lacey.

Once this launches, it will become Tampa Bay’s earliest wake-up call, since all others start at 4:30 a.m. and WWSB 40 (ABC/Cable 7)’s morning news start at 5:00 a.m. And it will also make history as the FIRST TV news station in the state of Florida to start its morning newscast at 4:00 a.m.

In a statement obtained by Florida NewsCenter, Bill Berra, WFLA 8’s V.P. of News:

“We recognize that our viewers are starting their busy day earlier and we want to provide the ‘On Your Side‘ coverage they need before heading out the door.”

A historic newscast for WFLA 8 and it will soon hit the airwaves, next week. A surprise story by my end (was caught off-guard when Florida NewsCenter posted it on their website and Twitter) and something that Tampa Bay could enjoy… having the earliest morning newscast start in the entire state.


15 thoughts on “WFLA is launching Florida’s first 4:00 a.m. newscast, next Tuesday.

  1. Didn’t Daytime go national for a while in different TV markets with local content in each market similar to the way The Now, and Better TV operate?


  2. I wonder if FOX O&O stations operate their local newscasts like the main FOX News Channel or independently from FOX News? Does WSVN News operate like FOX News or are their newscasts more independent of FOX News?


  3. With WFLA 8 to debut new 4AM half-hour next week, I’m wondering if NBC’s Early Today news program, that airs live at 4AM, will be moved over to sister station WTTA 38.

    With WFLA parent company Media General acquiring WTTA from Sinclair last year, it would be interesting to see if MG could be mulling over experimenting with 10PM newscast yet again, which would mean competing with ratings juggernaut WTVT 13… or maybe WFLA/WTTA making history with new nightly 9PM newscast.


    • WTTA could expand news at 7:00am and 8:00am since most TV Markets where Media General has 2 TV stations in the same Market have news on their other stations for example KXAN-TV in Austin is owned by Media General and they have news at 7:00am and 8:00am on KNVA-TV , or in Albuquerque my city where KWBQ-TV 19 a secondary station in that market that is owned by Media General and their main station is KRQE-TV and KWBQ airs KRQE News 13 at 7:00am and 8:00am on KWBQ


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