FIRST ON THE BLOG: For decades, the only really major news operation in East Mississippi and West Alabama was WTOK in Meridian. They’ve been #1 for as long as records have been kept. But they don’t offer a primetime newscast on either their MyTV or CW subchannels. WGBC will change all of that.
Starting Monday October 5th, 2015, WGBC 30 will add a local half-hour, weeknight-only newscast at 9:00 p.m. titled FOX 30 News at 9:00. The new newscast will be the first-ever primetime newscast in the market and the ONLY local newscast on at that time. Viewers will expect to see local news and weather in a timeslot that the market has never had or experienced before in local television news. Plus, this is a return to local news for WGBC 30. The first local newscast in 10 years.
Back in 1991, WGBC 30 (which was an NBC affiliate at the time, now moved to WGBC 30.2, as it where it has been since 2009) aired its first local newscasts to try and compete against WTOK 11 (ABC/MyTV/CW), but failed tremendously and shut down in 1994. The news department then moved to WMDN 24 (CBS) when the station was relaunched in 1994, but again, due to WTOK 11’s powerhouse #1 status for local news in the market, WMDN 24 shut it down in 2005. Did I also mention that WGBC 30 and WMDN 24 are sister stations?
Anyways, the point is that WGBC 30 will be competing against WTOK 11 for local news in the area, for the first time in a decade. And hopefully, a much successful attempt at it too.
Another market that didn’t have primetime news and will finally get one. I say its about time!