FIRST ON THE BLOG: For years, KPTM was the only station in Omaha with a 9:00 p.m. newscast on weeknights and Sundays. However, in recent years, it has been produced out of Fresno. KETV is ready to do so and it will be entirely produced out of Omaha.
Starting Monday September 14th, 2015, KETV 7 is adding a half-hour newscast, 7 nights a week at 9:00 p.m. on its digital subchannel, KETV-DT 7.2 (Cox Cable 123), known as Me-TV Omaha. Me-TV is a national all-classic TV network, carrying TV shows from the 50s-80s and is the #1 all-classic TV network in America.
KETV NewsWatch 7 at 9:00 on Me-TV Omaha is expected to be featured by Rob McCartney (KETV 7’s main evening anchor at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.), Brandi Peterson (who anchors at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.), KETV 7 Weather NOW with AMS/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Bill Ranby, Sports with Sports Director Andy Kendeigh, Jeremy Maskel (one of KETV 7’s investigative reporters) and Melissa Fry (who anchors at 5:00 p.m.). The newscast will be traditional, just like all other KETV 7’s newscasts, with the latest news, sports and Weather NOW forecasts.
KETV 7’s President and G.M., Ariel Roblin:
“This is an important step in expanding our news coverage. It allows KETV to provide more live local news, weather and sports for our viewers. This will give our loyal Me-TV viewers the 9 p.m. news they have been asking for. Local viewers have embraced Me-TV Omaha in a big way. The addition of a live, local newscast at 9 p.m. is another way KETV is supporting the community with great news coverage at a new time.”
According to KETV 7 at a story at KETV.com, Me-TV Omaha has become the 5th highest-rated TV station in the Omaha TV metro area (Nielsen July 2015 ratings).
This will become the area’s only 9:00 p.m. newscast to be entirely produced out of Omaha, since KPTM 42 (FOX)’s hour-long 9:00 p.m. news, which is seen weeknights and Sundays, but not Saturdays, is produced partly in-house by KPTM 42 and partly by sister station KMPH 26 (FOX) in Fresno, technically a 50/50 production between the two for KPTM 42’s 9:00 p.m. newscast. This addition will also make KETV 7 as the ONLY station in the area, with a nightly 9:00 p.m. newscast, because again, KPTM 42 doesn’t air theirs on Saturdays, in which case KETV 7 will.
So finally, Omaha will have primetime news, 7 nights a week, thanks to KETV 7 and their Me-TV Omaha subchannel. I think viewers will appreciate this move so that they can get More Complete Coverage in their communities.