FIRST ON THE BLOG: We have an update for you, today! We told you last week that WUAB 43 is moving their hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast to 9:00 p.m., 7 nights a week, while keeping Sports Extra at 9:45 p.m. and shortening its current 10:00 p.m. newscast to a half-hour and on weeknights only. But nobody knows as to when it will debut. I do know now and I will tell you now.
Starting Monday September 21st, 2015, WUAB 43 will debut Cleveland’s first-ever 9:00 p.m. newscast, produced by WUAB 43’s sister station WOIO 19 (CBS). The newscast is being moved, as you know, because of ratings that just bad in every sense of the word and losing at 10:00 p.m. to Cleveland news powerhouse WJW 8 (FOX). The current weeknight team of David Wittman (used to work at WCPX 6, now WKMG 6 (CBS) in Orlando) and Tiffani Tucker (used to work in my home market at WSVN 7 (FOX) in Miami), will move an hour earlier to 9:00 p.m., while keeping the weeknight 10:00 p.m. half-hour duties as well. First Alert Weather from Chief Meteorologist Jeff Tanchak and the sports crew on Sports Extra will also retain their roles at 9:00 and 9:45 p.m., respectively.
Sports Extra will remain as a separate 15-minute program that composes the hour at 9:45 p.m., 7 nights a week, as the entire 10:00 p.m. hour is moving to 9:00 p.m. on weekends as well, not just weeknights.
Weeknights will see an extra half-hour of local news on WUAB 43 with Cleveland 19 News at 10:00, remaining in place, but what will be different this time is that it will be a half-hour newscast and seen on weeknights ONLY. This move will delay My Network TV programming (the struggling network that already is) on weeknights and will now been seen from 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., instead of the network’s usual 8:00-10:00 p.m. time pattern.
So now you know when the move to 9:00 p.m. is taking place. And congrats to all Northeast Ohio viewers who will finally get a taste of a 9:00 p.m. primetime newscast, thanks to WOIO 19 investing (FINALLY) on WUAB 43.