FIRST ON THE BLOG: WTVQ is gonna be adding a local newscast in a timeslot that other ABC affiliates have already had for years now.
WTVQ 36 will be adding a 5:30 p.m. newscast, starting Monday September 14th, 2015. The new newscast, ABC 36 News at 5:30, will compete against WLEX 18 (NBC)’s LEX 18 News at 5:30 and long-time leader WKYT 27 (CBS)’s WKYT News at 5:30. The only other news operation in the area, WYMT 57 (CBS) in Hazard, KY, simulcasts sister station WKYT 27’s 5:30 p.m. newscast.
This is the station’s second newscast expansion this year, as the station has already added a half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast on WTVQ-DT 36.2 (My Kentucky TV) earlier this Summer. For the first time in what seems like years, WTVQ 36 will have a 90-minute news block from 5:00-6:30 p.m., something that WLEX 18 and WKYT 27 already had for years and soon, both will have 2 and 1/2-hour news blocks from 4:00-6:30 p.m., once WLEX 18 adds a 4:30 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.
Something good for a #3-ranked station in the area and with the 10:00 p.m. news added earlier this year, WTVQ 36 could soon be a force to be reckoned with (that’s if WKYT 27 does something awful in which they won’t and will retain their #1 news status).