WYTV will be discontinuing their 5:30 p.m. newscast in Youngstown.

WYTV 33 / Youngstown, OH (“33 News”)

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.

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4 thoughts on “WYTV will be discontinuing their 5:30 p.m. newscast in Youngstown.

  1. It seems like lately newscasts in important time slots in several markets have been cut it makes me wonder if this is just temporary or if its going to start a trend in other market. Examples the 9:00pm newscast in Midland, TX the only station that market with 9:00p, WHAM-TV 13 in Rochester, NY with cutting its 4:30am newscast the only station in that market to have morning news in that slot and now WYTV in Youngstown/Warren with the only station to have a 5:30pm newscast. This trend with several markets cutting important newscasts is a step backwards. I wonder if there are a group of people that are declaring war on local news with these cutbacks.

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    • Actually, WYTV is cutting their 5:30, but WKBN is picking up a half hour to fill the spot. WKBN’s 5 o’clock newscast is now an hour followed by their 6 pm. There really isn’t a loss here. The interesting thing will be seeing all the changes at YTV now with their new set and game of musical anchor chairs.

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      • I didn’t know that WKBN would do that, at that time. It wasn’t until I saw TitanTV listings for WKBN and realized that yes, WKBN will be picking up the 5:30 newscast from WYTV.

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