UPDATE (as of 7:00pm on 9/10/2015): I have received an update earlier today from Candice MacBlain, promotions manager for KFOX 14 and sister station, KDBC 4. She has told me that KFOX 14 is delaying the debut of the KFOX 14 Morning News at 8:00 a.m. until further notice. She has told me this through Facebook…
“The expansion will not be happening yet. It has been postponed. We don’t have a new expansion date yet.”
She has also told me that Stephanie Guadian is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities in her career and that KFOX 14’s (now former) main anchor, John Purvis has moved to the morning newscast and will anchor the morning newscast, solo at the moment, from 5:00-8:00 a.m. The station won’t expand at the moment because, according to what Candice said…
“It would have been a lot for John Purvis to do 4 hours solo.”
She also said that once they find a co-anchor, they will bring back news of the expansion to the station’s weekday morning newscast. At the moment, KFOX 14 will continue to run its weekday morning newscast from 5:00-8:00 a.m.
As soon as KFOX 14 revisits the expansion, I will soon let you know on The Changing Newscasts Blog. I can’t thank Candice enough for this information. I will revisit with Candice again, once I have more new information. For now… Stay tuned!
ORIGINAL POST (8:25pm on 8/5/2015):
FIRST ON THE BLOG: When you ask someone from a particular station about a particular thing, sometimes you may get some news regarding a local TV station. And boy, do we have a story for you.
I recently asked John Purvis, main anchor at KFOX 14 (weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.) about why KFOX 14’s Saturday night newscast is not a full-hour, just like Sundays-Fridays. He said that there’s a small audience for hour-long news on Saturdays, compared to the rest of the week and a business decision by management. But he also gave me a tidbit on KFOX 14 and sister station KDBC 4 expanding local news, especially in weekday mornings. We already told you yesterday that KDBC 4 was launching a 2-hour morning newscast, as well as a half-hour midday newscast, on August 17th. But thanks to what John told me through email today, another expansion is happening, but this time at KFOX 14.
He said that in September (we’ll guess Monday September 14th, 2015), KFOX 14 will expand their weekday morning newscast, the KFOX 14 Morning News, by an hour. The program, currently seen from 5:00-8:00 a.m., will soon expand to 5:00-9:00 a.m. The 5:00-7:00 a.m. portion competes against KVIA 7 (ABC)’s ABC 7 News – Good Morning El Paso, KTSM 9 (NBC)’s NewsChannel 9 Today and ironically, sister station KDBC 4 (CBS)’s future morning newscast, CBS 4 News Daybreak. The 7:00 a.m. hour is all by themselves and the future 8:00 a.m. hour will be by themselves as well.
The program is anchored by Stephanie Guadian, the latest from the KFOX 14 Severe Weather Team with Meteorologist Brad Montgomery, KFOX 14’s Beat the Traffic with Selena Madrigal, the latest from Social Media with Kezhal Dashti and the latest overnight LIVE reports with Marcel Clarke.
Not one media source (TVSpy, TVNewser, TVNewsCheck, FTVLive, etc.) has reported on KDBC 4’s morning and noon additions and neither on KFOX 14’s morning newscast expansion, yet. So know where you heard it FIRST.
Even more morning news is coming to The Borderland and KFOX 14 will soon deliver that. Shhh… Let nobody else know about this!