FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than New England One): One year ago today, Monday September 15th, 2014, WBIN aired its first newscast under NH1 News. Today, they are celebrating that anniversary and starting next week, a new newscast.
Starting Monday September 21st, 2015, WBIN 50 (Cable 18; using 50 for OTA viewer purposes) is adding a new half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30 p.m. with NH1 News at 6:30. The newscast will be the ONLY New Hampshire-based 6:30 p.m. newscast in the State, but one of two in the Boston market to air a local newscast at that time, with the other being WFXT 25 (FOX) in Boston’s FOX 25 News at 6:00. This will be the first new newscast expansion on weeknights since the operation was launched a year ago.
Speaking of that, the new newscast announcement comes a year to this date when WBIN 50 launched NH1 News, the latest attempt by WBIN 50 to offer a local news operation. The station has done so before with WNDS News NOW when the station was known as WNDS 50, then became a MyTV affiliate under WZMY 50 and had some local news, but they got canceled. The last attempt before NH1 News was launched, was a half-hour weeknight-ONLY newscast at 10:00 p.m. called The News at 10:00 on WBIN that was partly pre-recorded out of the Independent News Network (INN) in Davenport, IA. All of these previous attempts failed to dethrone New Hampshire’s long-time leader WMUR 9 (ABC) in Manchester.
This latest attempt, however, is a successful one and people have loved this news operation alot and so much so, that they acquired Charlie Sherman from WMUR 9 to first anchor the weekend news at 10:00 p.m. and then later promoted to anchor the weeknight news at 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. and is sometimes known as Mr. New Hampshire by viewers.
The station started with radio broadcasts under NH1 Radio in March of 2014 before launching TV news in September of 2014. All of WBIN 50’s operations are based at the renovated Walker School in Concord, NH, in which the news operation was created by New Hampshire businessman and station owner, Bill Binnie (in which the call letters are named for… W-“BIN“nie and “BIN“nie Media, the owners of the station).
It may not have dethrone WMUR 9 yet, this may be WBIN 50’s most serious attempt yet at local news and will expand in any way to possibly beat WMUR 9. Watch out, WMUR 9. WBIN 50 has taken a shot at a run for your money and is here to stay for a very long time.