FIRST ON THE BLOG: Well… in almost 2 weeks, weeknight 5:30 p.m. news will soon no longer be an option in Youngstown.
After Friday September 11th, 2015 (the 14th anniversary of the attacks), WYTV 33 will no longer air its weeknight 5:30 p.m. newscast, 33 News at 5:30. The program, anchored by Stan Boney, was the ONLY local news option at that time in Youngstown and in the area. But once it does, it will be replaced by an episode of Jeopardy! at 5:30 p.m. and there will be NO local newscasts at 5:30 p.m. WKBN 27 (CBS), WYTV 33’s sister station under a SSA and JSA, airs weeknight half-hour news at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., with #1-rated WFMJ 21 (NBC/CW) not starting until 6:00 p.m.
After this, WYTV 33’s ONLY local newscasts will be weekdays from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and nightly at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
This is not good for a market that depends on local news that is sandwiched between two different (and larger) TV markets, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Plus, its not surprising because this station hasn’t made a dent in the news ratings against its rivals. Very sad.