FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than The Lansing State-Journal): There have been some changes in South Central Michigan lately. One involves more weekend morning news and the other involves more weekday morning news. In other words, a win win for all.
First off, just recently, WLNS 6 has added weekend morning news for the first time. 6 News This Morning has expanded to weekends and adds 2 hours on both Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m. These are the area’s ONLY newscasts at those times in the area, since WILX 10 (NBC) has their weekend morning newscast on for an hour at 7:00 a.m. But now, the Lansing area can get 3 (not 1) hours of weekend morning news from 6:00-9:00 a.m.
Secondly and finally, since Monday October 5th, 2015 (yesterday), WSYM 47 has added a 2-hour weekday morning newscast called FOX 47 Morning News. The newscast is on from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and is the ONLY newscast on at that time in South Central Michigan. The weekday morning program is anchored by Kristen Beat with FOX 47 First Alert Weather from Meteorologist Beverly Perry, who started working for WSYM 47 from Quincy Newspapers-owned KTIV 4 (NBC/CW) in Sioux City, IA.
(The day Kristen and Beverly were introduced to all of South Central Michigan on WSYM 47’s mid-morning lifestyle/talk program, FOX 47 Morning Blend, which no longer exists, thanks to the new weekday morning newscast.)
Even though the weekday morning newscast uses its own talent, the newscast is produced by WSYM 47’s news-sharing partners at Gray-owned WILX 10 (NBC). In fact, WSYM 47’s two other newscasts, FOX 47 News at 5:30 (weeknights) and FOX 47 News at 10:00 (nightly) are also produced by WILX 10 and are also, the ONLY local newscasts on at those times in South Central Michigan.
So there you go folks. More local news in the morning in South Central Michigan, 7 days a week. Isn’t it a very good time to be in this market? I think so indeed.